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Exotrail to debut its SpaceVan mobility service in 2023

France-based space company Exotrail, released its new in-space mobility service SpaceVan, a unique Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV). The debut mission will launch onboard a Falcon 9 launch vehicle in October 2023. Exotrail is planning at least three subsequent missions throughout 2024 using different launch providers. 

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Starlink loses French licenses

France's highest administrative court revoked the decision to grant two frequency bands to satellite company Starlink, saying the country's telecoms regulator, Arcep, had made legal misjudgements, Reuters reported. Starlink got the right operate on two radio frequencies to provide internet access from France's Arcep regulator in February 2021.

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Space Cafe WebTalk 33 minutes with Catherine Kavvada – Secure connectivity and Space Traffic Management made by Europe Recap

Our Space Cafe WebTalk “33 minutes with Catherine Kavvada - Secure connectivity and Space Traffic Management made by Europe” took place on Tuesday, 5th April. Catherine Kavvada is a director for Innovation and outreach at the Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) at the European Commission in Brussels. Kavvada is a trained lawyer

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SpinLaunch and NASA sign agreement to test accelerator launch system

SpinLaunch has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA according to which SpinLaunch will develop, integrate, and fly a NASA payload on the company’s Suborbital Accelerator Launch System. This will provide valuable information to NASA for potential future commercial launch opportunities.

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Arianespace wins contract to launch Sentinel-1C satellite on Vega-C

Arianespace has been awarded a launch contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) on behalf of the European Commission, to launch Sentinel-1C in the first half of 2023 on Vega-C, Arianespace said. The 2.3-tonne satellite, will be deployed in a Sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 690 km.

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Orbit Fab and Neutron Star Systems partner to boost sustainable fuelling

Orbit Fab and Neutron Star Systems (NSS) established a cooperative agreement for co-development of satellite refuelling solutions with green propellants, NSS said. Under the agreement the companies will combine NSS’ propellant-agnostic electric propulsion technology with Orbit Fab’s refuelling interfaces and tankers. This will enable increasing the range of refuellable propellants.

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Astroscale to lead ESA’s collision avoidance study

Astroscale received a funding award from ESA who have selected the company in the UK to lead a collision-avoidance study that is part of ESA’s Collision Risk Estimation and Automated Mitigation (CREAM) activities in the Space Safety Program.  The company's UK team will partner with GMV and OneWeb to develop methods and solutions for effective collision avoidance management

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USSPACECOM and UKSpaceCom sign space cooperation agreement

U.S. Space Command and the United Kingdom Space Command signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning Enhanced Space Cooperation (ESC MoU). The agreement was signed at the 37th Space Symposium by U.S. Army Gen. James Dickinson, USSPACECOM Commander, and Royal Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, Commander of UKSpaceCom.

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Rocket Lab to attempt mid-air helicopter capture of Electron’s first stage

Launch and space systems company Rocket Lab USA, has announced that it will attempt a mid-air helicopter capture of the Electron launch vehicle for the first time during its next launch, a commercial rideshare mission scheduled for 19th April with a 14-day launch window.

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