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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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NorthStar Validates and Patents Space-based SSA CONOPS

NorthStar Earth & Space ("NorthStar") has announced that it has fully validated its unique end-to-end Concept of Operations (CONOPS) using its dedicated space-based imagery system. In addition, NorthStar received a US patent for this CONOPS and has filed for two additional patents related to advanced simulation and data analytics involving image preprocessing, calibration, detection & measurements of orbits.

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Ariane 6 Successfully Launches Into Orbit in Inaugural Flight

Ariane 6 maiden flight

Ariane 6 has successfully launched on its inaugural flight from the European launch center in French Guiana at 16:00 local time on 9 July (+5 21:00 time CEST), successfully placing numerous payloads into orbit. The inaugural demonstration flight designated VA262, aimed to show the capabilities and prowess of Ariane 6 in escaping Earth's gravity and operating in space. In addition to the rocket, the liftoff demonstrated the functioning of the launch pad and operations on the ground at Europe's Spaceport

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Azercosmos Signs MoU with Chinese Company Star.vision

Azercosmos

Azercosmos has announced signing a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese technology company Star.vision. The signing ceremony took place at Azercosmos' headquarters during the visit of the Star.vision's company delegation to Azerbaijan. Within the framework of the meeting, Azercosmos invited the Star.vision company to the COP29 event to be held in Baku in November

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ICEYE and Ukraine Partner on Remote Sensing for Security

ICEYE and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to further strengthen their cooperation in remote sensing of the Earth in the interest of Ukraine's national security and defense. ICEYE's small radar imaging satellites can form high-resolution images of areas of the Earth in daylight, at night, and through cloud cover. The Memorandum of Cooperation builds on ICEYE's support for the Government of Ukraine since 2022

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Airbus Awarded German Military SatCom System Contract

Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, has awarded Airbus the SATCOMBw 3 prime contract for the next-generation secure military satellite system, including geostationary satellites and ground segment, launch and operation for 15 years. The spacecraft are due to launch before the end of the decade and the contract value amounts to €2.1 billion and are the successor communications satellites to COMSATBw 1B and 2B.

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EUMETSAT Re-awards MTG-S1’s Launch to SpaceX

MTG-I1

The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) member states, during a Council meeting which took place on 26-27 June 2024, decided to award a launch service contract to SpaceX for the launch of the Meteosat Third Generation-Sounder 1 (MTG-S1) satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2025. The Satellite was initially scheduled to launch on the new Ariane 6's third flight around early 2025.

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UNOOSA Announce SANSA as 28th UN-SPIDER RSO

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and its Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) have announced that the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has officially become a Regional Support Office (RSO) for UN-SPIDER. As a new RSO, SANSA will collaborate closely with UN-SPIDER on outreach, capacity building, horizontal cooperation, and technical advisory support.

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U.S. GAO Annual Report on the U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has submitted in its 22nd annual assessment of DOD's weapon systems acquisition, that the US Department of Defense (DoD) is still struggling to deliver new technologies quickly, even while facing constantly evolving threats. According to the report, the US DoD continues struggling to deliver innovative technologies quickly, despite its plans to invest more than $2 trillion to develop and acquire its costliest weapon programs

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ESA Council Approve Slovenia Accession into the ESA Member States

Slovenia will become the latest European Space Agency (ESA) member state after the ESA Council unanimously approved the agreement concerning the accession of Slovenia to the convention and related terms and conditions. ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher and Dr Robert Golob signed the accession agreement. ESA also announced partnerships with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), UAE's Muhammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBSRC) and the government of Ukraine.

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