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COSPAR Kicks off 2024’s Scientific Assembly in Busan

COSPAR has kicked off the COSPAR 2024 Scientific Assembly in Busan, celebrating the theme "Team Spirit in Space Research." The assembly counted around 2800 participants from over 60 countries with attendees engaging with scientists, presenting over 3000 talks and posters, and participating in 150 scientific events. The Assembly brought space leaders from KASA, NASA, CNSA, ISRO, JAXA, ASI, and the UAE together, with the roundtable of Space Agency leaders featuring the next decade of space science programs from each agency. Also, space sustainability emerged as a major recurring theme.

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The Space Café Podcast #111: Bold Dreams – from Gourmet Chef to leading NASA’s Innovation Marathon

In this episode of the Space Cafe Podcast, Markus delves into the extraordinary journey of Leka Hattori, from being a world-class chef to leading NASA's Space Apps Challenge. They discuss the significance of following one’s dreams, the impact of solitude and self-reflection, and the innovative potential unlocked through NASA's global hackathons.

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iRocket Announces Paul Stein as Member of Board of Directors

Paul Stein

Innovative Rocket Technologies Inc. (iRocket) has announced that the former Chief Technology Officer of Rolls-Royce has joined the iRocket Board of Directors. Paul Stein will bring his experience in technical oversight, engineering discipline, and insight into the rapidly expanding UK space program. As a member of the iRocket board, he will help guide the company in developing its next-generation fully reusable Shockwave launch vehicle and facilitate its entry into UK opportunities. 

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HyPrSpace Successfully Tests Hybrid Rocket Engine

HyPrSpace, a startup specializing in hybrid propulsion, has announced the success of the first bench test of its engine at DGA Missile Tests on its site in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles (Gironde). This test marks a crucial step in validating the Company's patented hybrid propulsion technology and demonstrates the successful transition from its theoretical models to full-scale applications.

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ESA Juice Spacecraft to Flyby Earth and Moon towards Jupiter

Juice flies by Earth- Credit ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA)’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) spacecraft will perform a flyby past the Moon and then past Earth itself to take Juice on a shortcut to Jupiter via Venus. This maneuver will change Juice’s speed and direction to alter its course through space. Following Juice’s launch in April 2023, this lunar-Earth flyby is the first step in the spacecraft’s journey through the Solar System on its journey to Jupiter.

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Southern Launch and UNASTELLA Partner for Rocket Launches

Southern Launch and UNASTELLA

Southern Launch has signed an agreement with South Korean rocket manufacturer UNASTELLA Corporation which will enable UNASTELLA to aim for at least four launches per year. UNASTELLA is aiming to develop a small lift rocket based on South Korean technologies. The company is taking an iterative approach to the development of their orbit-capable rocket and the missions from Australia will provide valuable flight heritage, and a site for regular satellite launches

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ESA Begins Preparation for RAMSES Planetary Defense Mission

Apophis. Credit: ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA)' Space Safety program has received permission to begin preparatory work for its next planetary defence mission – the Rapid Apophis Mission for Space Safety (Ramses). Ramses will rendezvous with the asteroid 99942 Apophis and accompany it through its safe but exceptionally close flyby of Earth in 2029. Researchers will study the asteroid as Earth’s gravity alters its physical characteristics.

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ISU to Host 37th Space Studies Program in Korea

ISU

The International Space University (ISU) has announced that the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST) and Hanyang University ERICA Campus will host the 37th Space Studies Program (SSP). As a result, SSP25 will hold in the greater Seoul Metropolitan area, South Korea from 30th June to 22nd August 2025. The SSP is an intensive eight-week program that offers participants a unique and comprehensive professional development experience, covering all aspects of space programs and enterprises

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India Space Congress 2024: Bridging Boundaries and Transforming Tomorrow in the Global Space Sector

The India Space Congress 2024, held in New Delhi from June 26-28, brought together a diverse array of space industry stakeholders under the theme "Bridging Boundaries, Transforming Tomorrow." This three-day event showcased India's growing prominence in the global space sector while fostering international collaboration and innovation.

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SIAA Establishes IAC25 Consultation Working Group (IACC)

Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) has established the IAC25 Consultation (IACC) working group, comprising Australian space leaders. The IACC aims to further the overall success of the 76th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2025), the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)’s premier global space event which will take place from 29 September to 3 October 2025 in Sydney, Australia. 

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