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CSA Awards MDA Space $1 billion for Canadarm3 Program

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded MDA Space Ltd. $1 billion for the next phases of the Canadarm3 program. Canadarm3 will go aboard Gateway, a NASA-led multinational collaboration to establish a space station in lunar orbit to support human and robotic missions to the surface of the Moon – a key element of the Artemis program. The contract includes funding for Phase C (final design) and Phase D (construction, system assembly, integration and test) of the full robotics system, comprising a large arm, a smaller dexterous arm, specialized tools for performing maintenance and science tasks, as well as a ground segment for command and control.

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NASA Selects SpaceX to Develop ISS Deorbit Vehicle

In preparation for the safe and responsible deorbit of the International Space Station (ISS) in a controlled manner after the end of its operational life in 2030, NASA has selected SpaceX to develop and deliver the U.S. Deorbit Vehicle that will provide the capability to deorbit the space station and ensure avoidance of risk to populated areas. The single-award contract has a total potential value of $843 million, while the launch service for the Vehicle will be a future procurement.

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Chang’e-6 Returns Samples from Far Side of the Moon

Chang'e-6 touchdown.

The Chang'e-6 lunar probe has successfully returned to the Earth with unexplored samples from the lunar south pole, landing in the Inner Mongolia desert on Tuesday, after a 53-day-long mission. China is consequently the first country to return lunar samples from the previously unexplored far or dark side of the moon. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) described the mission as "a complete success" and said the probe is functioning normally.

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Norway and Germany Collaborate on Space Launches

Norwegian Space Agency

Norway and Germany have signed a joint declaration to facilitate German satellite launches from Andøya Spaceport. Andøya Spaceport entered into a multi-year agreement with German Isar Aerospace, which will use the base to launch satellites into space with the Spectrum launch vehicle. Isar Aerospace are preparing the launch pad for launch and expects to carry out its first launch during the second half of 2024.

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ispace-U.S. and SSC Space US Partner for Lunar Mission

SSC Space US

ispace technologies U.S., Inc. (ispace-U.S.), and Swedish Space Corporation (SSC Space US) have signed a collaboration agreement for ispace-U.S.’s upcoming Mission 3 with the APEX 1.0 lunar lander. SSC will provide critical communication links to the mission through its advanced SSC Connect lunar ground station network capabilities. ispace-U.S.’s Mission 3 will provide lunar lander services to Schrodinger Basin on the far side of the Moon as part of the Draper-led NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative

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Ariane 6 Completes Wet Dress Rehearsal Ahead of July 9 Launch

The Ariane 6 rocket has gone through its last full ‘wet dress rehearsal’ at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana ahead of its July 9 inaugural launch. Furthermore, data from the wet dress rehearsal is now under analysis with results to come on 26 June, confirming Ariane 6's inaugural launch date. The real flight model, its payloads, the launchpad and teams on the ground went through every step of launch operations

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The Space Café Podcast #109: Unlimited Energy from Space: the Potential of Geostationary Solar Farms

Martin Soltau leads Space Solar, a company dedicated to developing space-based solar power technology. With experience in leading space business initiatives at Fraser Nash Consultancy and a strong interest in energy solutions, Martin is focused on achieving Net Zero emissions through innovative methods. His efforts have been crucial in gaining government support for space-based solar power.

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SERA and NASRDA Partner to Send First Nigerian to Space

The Space Exploration & Research Agency (SERA) and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) today announced a groundbreaking partnership to send the first Nigerian into space. Under the partnership, SERA will reserve a seat on an upcoming Blue Origin New Shepard suborbital spaceflight for a Nigerian citizen as part of a broader SERA-led initiative, in partnership with Blue Origin, to send six individuals from nations historically underrepresented in space exploration.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Chandrayaan-3: India’s Foothold on the Moon

On Friday, 23rd August 2023, moments after confirming the successful soft landing of the Vikram lander with the words “we are on the Moon,” ISRO Chairman Somnath invited Indian Prime Minister Modi to speak. Unlike September 2019, during the unsuccessful Chandrayaan-2 lander mission, Modi was not in Bangalore but in South Africa, attending a BRICS meeting. This mission, a product of national political and financial commitment, attracted international acclaim.

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