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Volume I of McGill Manual on military outer space law gets published

Volume I of McGill Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS): Volume I – Rules containing the 52 rules agreed by consensus among subject-matter experts and institutions over a six-year process, has been published. The project was initiated by the Faculty of Law’s Centre for Research in Air and Space Law involving over 80 international participants

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Thales Alenia and Miprons develop water-powered propulsion system

Space solutions company, Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales and Leonardo, has signed an agreement with Italian space propulsion startup, Miprons, to develop an innovative water propulsion system for satellites, Thales Alenia said. The project will leverage Miprons’ proprietary technology, a miniaturized, high-thrust thruster using a green, cost-effective propellant: water.

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Russia will leave the International Space Station after 2024

Yuri Borisov, head of the Russian federal space agency, Roscosmos, said the country will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) program after 2024 to focus on building its own orbiting station. The announcement was made less than two weeks after Roscosmos and NASA signed a seat exchange agreement on spacecraft traveling to and from the station.

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NASA selects Draper to fly research to far side of Moon

Lunar resource development company, ispace’s subsidiary, ispace technologies U.S. will join a team, led by Draper, that has been awarded US $73 million to deliver payloads, including two communication relay satellites, to lunar orbit as well as a suite of scientific experiments to the lunar surface, ispace said.

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Eutelsat and OneWeb sign MoU to combine

Satellite operators Eutelsat Communications and OneWeb have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a leading global connectivity company through a merger between them in an all-share transaction, Eutelsat said. Eutelsat will combine its 36-satellite geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) fleet with OneWeb’s constellation of 648 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. 

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China’s new space station module, Wentian, successfully docks

China has successfully docked Wentian, the second module of its Tiangong space station to the first, Tianhe section, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said. The rendezvous and docking process with the forward port of Tianhe went smoothly, taking approximately 13 hours. Wentian will be moved to a side port with the help of the module's 10-meter-long robotic arm.

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Airbus and Northrop Grumman sign MOU for UK milsatcoms

Airbus and Northrop Grumman have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to address the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Skynet Enduring Capability (SKEC) military satellite communications requirements as a joint team, Airbus said. The merging of the experience, knowledge, and capabilities of the two companies will enable optimal solutions for the space and ground segments of Skynet.

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Satellite Vu contracts SSTL for second thermal imaging satellite

Satellite technology company, Satellite Vu (SatVu), has commissioned a new clone of its original satellite in collaboration with small satellite supplier, Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL), to double its data collection capacity, SatVu said. The second thermal imaging satellite will collect thermal data utilizing SatVu’s Mid Wave Infra-Red (MWIR) technology.

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