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NASA awards $600 million Orion contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne

NASA has awarded a contract the development of the Orion Main Engine (OME), which will be used on the Orion spacecraft as part of the Artemis program, to Aerojet Rocketdyne, the U.S. space agency and the company said. Aerojet Rocketdyne will deliver up to 20 OME engines for use on Artemis missions beginning with Artemis VII.

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ArianeGroup streamlines workforce in France and Germany

ArianeGroup is streamlining its workforce at its production sites in France and Germany, the manufacturer of Ariane rockets said. The company plans to adapt the workforce of a maximum of 600 people, Florence Gallois, told the French news agency AFP. Another plan, unrelated to the workforce reduction, is to bundle the production of the Vinci engine in Germany.

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Space startups launch YEESS to make their case in Europe

Six European space start-ups founded the Young European Enterprises Syndicate (YEESS) to “facilitate and accelerate the New Space dynamic in Europe”, the companies said yesterday at the launch of YESS on the Space Forum in Luxembourg. The founding members of YEESS are Aerospacelab, Anywaves, ConstellR, Exotrail, Pangea Aerospace and Satlantis.

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SpaceX to launch GOES-U geostationary weather satellite

NASA has selected SpaceX to launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-U (GOES-U) mission, the U.S. space agency said. The total cost for NASA to launch GOES-U is $152.5 million, which includes the launch service and other mission-related costs, NASA said. The mission is targeted to launch in April 2024.

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