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Japan Space Imaging Corporation signs deal with Satellite Vu

British satellite operator Satellite Vu, has signed a multimillion pound purchase option with Japanese satellite remote sensing commercial services provider Japan Space Imaging Corporation (JSI), following the opening of Satellite Vu’s Early Access Option Programme (EAOP), the company said.

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Rocket Lab successfully completes wet dress rehearsal ahead of first US Electron mission

Launch and space systems company Rocket Lab USA, has completed a final launch rehearsal and is ready for lift-off for its first mission from U.S. soil planned for December 7, the company said. The launch will take place from the company’s Launch Complex 2, which was developed to support domestic Electron missions.

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UK’s new space regulation will fuel participation in the commercial space race

Spaceport Cornwall, courtesy Virgin Orbit

UK regulations regarding space, in force since July 2021, helped pave the way for Virgin Orbit to get approval for launching its LauncherOne vehicle from Newquay’s Spaceport Cornwall facility. The launch will be the first ever space launch from UK soil. Commercial space lawyer Andrew Sparrow, Founder of Lecote Applied Space Technology Lawyers, says this model shows how to align enabling laws with industry needs.

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ispace signs commercial lunar insurance agreement with Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance

Insurance company Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI), a subsidiary of MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, has reached an agreement with global lunar resource development company ispace, to provide the world's first Lunar Insurance policy covering risks arising from ispace's Mission 1, ispace said.

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NASA awards SpaceX contract modification for missions beyond Artemis III

SpaceX was awarded a NASA contract modification, Option B, to further develop its Starship human landing system to meet agency requirements for long-term human exploration of the Moon as part of the Artemis program, NASA said. According to the modification, SpaceX will conduct a second crewed landing demonstration in 2027 as part of the Artemis IV mission.

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