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Artemis 1 is to launch with several payloads at the end of the month

NASA has rolled out its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft for the third time to the launch pad to launch the 42-day Artemis 1 mission by early next month. The Agency has started prelaunch preparations, including checking connections, servicing the solid rocket boosters, and program-specific engineering tests.

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African space and satellite industry valued at USD 19.49 billion

Space In Africa published the the African Space Industry Annual Report displaying how space economy is becoming a strategic tool for boosting the national economy and contributing toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa.  According to the report, the African space industry was valued at USD 19.49 billion in 2021.

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Redwire to develop space greenhouse to support Earth and in-space crop science

Florida Space infrastructure company, Redwire Corporation will develop the only commercially owned and operated spaceflight-qualified plant growth platform, Redwire Greenhouse, in space. The platform is expected to launch to the ISS in spring 2023.  Redwire Greenhouse will not only deliver valuable insights for crop scientists but will also expand our ability to grow full crops in space.

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Spanish astronaut Pedro Duque to attend the European Rover Challenge

Spanish astronaut and aeronautics engineer, Pedro Duque, will attend the 8th edition of the international Martian robot competition, the European Rover Challenge (ERC) co-organized by the European Space Foundation, Kielce University of Technology and Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship. ERC 2022 finals will be held at Kielce University of Technology in Poland, between 9–11 September.

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Astrobotic bids for the assets of Masten Space Systems

Lunar lander developer, Astrobotic Technology, has formally bid for the assets of space infrastructure company, Masten Space Systems, after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, Masten said. According to the bid, Astrobotic would pay US $4.2 million for Masten’s assets, which includes a US $14 million SpaceX launch credit.

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U.S. signs Framework Agreement with New Zealand to boost space sector

The United States and the New Zealand governments signed a Framework Agreement to provide new opportunities for the New Zealand space sector and closer collaboration with NASA, said Economic and Regional Development Minister, Stuart Nash. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Vice President Kamala Harris, welcomed the completion of negotiations on the agreement earlier in May.

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First Moldovan satellite gets deployed from ISS

The Republic of Moldova successfully deployed its first satellite, TUMnanoSAT, from the Kibo module of the International Space Station (ISS) with the support of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) under the KiboCUBE programme, the Unites Nations said. KiboCUBE is part of the Access to Space for All

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