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SS&T Committee Expresses Cautious Support for MSR Mission

JPL

The Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology (SS&T) Committee held a hearing on NASA’s science programs, which revolved around the fate of the Mars Sample Return mission (MSR). The JPL had earlier cut back on its activities around the mission in light of a federal budget that could limit spending on the Mars Sample Return mission.

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Space Cafe “33 minutes with Artemis BRICS” – Can the Global South Shape the Moon Accords? – recap

The Artemis Accords, boasting a membership of 36 nations, encompass a diverse array of Western and non-Western states, with signatories from Latin America, the Asia-Pacific region, Africa, and the Middle East. Notably, key members of the Artemis Accords, including Brazil, India, and the UAE, also hold membership in BRICS—a prominent intergovernmental organization comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates.

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TEXUS 60 Rocket Launches for Microgravity Experiments

Airbus

The Airbus-built TEXUS 60 rocket was successfully launched on Sunday, 24 March, from the Esrange Space Center in Kiruna, Sweden. The rocket reached an apogee of 251 km and provided 362 seconds of microgravity time. The payloads on board included two DLR experiments for the German Aerospace Center (DLR), called Simona and GECO, as well as a joint experiment of DLR and the Japanese Space Agency JAXA, called Phoenix 2.

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UKSA Announces New Headquarters and Regional Offices

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) is opening new headquarters in Harwell, Oxfordshire and regional offices in Scotland, Wales and the Midlands as it works to support the space sector across the UK. Aligned with the UK Government’s Levelling Up strategy, the expansion will enable the Agency to collaborate more closely with the UK’s thriving space sector while promoting regional skills and job opportunities to deliver increasingly ambitious missions and capabilities.

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Firefly Aerospace to Demonstrate Launch and On-Orbit Services

Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to conduct a trade study on its capabilities to rapidly launch Firefly's Elytra vehicles and support missions beyond Geosynchronous Orbit, referred to as xGEO. Once complete, the trade study will provide the groundwork for up to two Firefly demonstration missions that will advance the DoD's responsive access to xGEO.

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NanoAvionics Partners Neuraspace on Space Traffic Management

Kongsberg NanoAvionics ("NanoAvionics") has selected Neuraspace’s space traffic management (STM) solution, based on artificial intelligence, for its own end-to-end small satellite mission services. As a result, NanoAvionics will make Neuraspace’s STM system for collision analysis, maneuver planning, and improving space sustainability part of its LEOP (launch and early orbit phase) and operations package.

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SkyServe Partners Loft Orbital for Mission Denali

SkyServe has announced a partnership with Loft Orbital towards Mission Denali to deploy SkyServe STORM, its in-space edge computing platform, on YAM-6. As a result, Mission Denali will leverage Sensing and Compute Resources on YAM-6 to deliver insights from space. By processing multispectral and hyperspectral data in real-time, SkyServe STORM aims to define the paradigm of space-based data processing, delivering insights processed from the edge.

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Startical selects NanoAvionics and GomSpace for Space Tests

Startical has selected NanoAvionics and GomSpace satellites to carry out the concept trials of its constellation, which will take air traffic control to space. The mission will take place after the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has given the green light to the use of aeronautical communications from space. As a result, the company will test the communication and surveillance systems of its future constellation of over 270 satellites set to provide air traffic services from space.

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