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HyImpulse Receives First Flight License for its Sounding Rocket

SaxaVord spaceport. Credit SaxaVord

HyImpulse has received its first flight license from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for its sounding rocket, which is now ready to launch from the Shetland Islands thanks to the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS). Furthermore, the Company plans consecutive launches of the sounding rocket for later this year from the SaxaVord spaceport in Shetland. The rocket’s maiden launch will tentatively commence from Australia this April.

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Olsen Actuators and Drives Secure Funding for Lunar Rover System

Olsen Actuators and Drives

Olsen Actuators and Drives has won its first UK Space Agency (UKSA) funding to deliver a Proof of Concept (PoC) demonstrator for a new lunar rover the University of Manchester is designing and funded by the Enabling Technologies Programme (ETP). The project will develop and fabricate a jumping robot system capable of thrusting upwards, descending, and self-righting that will lower into lava tubes under the surface of the Moon. Experts have earmarked these lava tubes for potential initial future human habitation.

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Astrolight Joins DIANA to Accelerate Innovation in Defense Tech

Astrolight

Astrolight, a technology company dedicated to facilitating space-to-Earth and ship-to-ship laser communications, has joined the Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA). This collaboration marks a significant achievement for Astrolight as it seeks to contribute to NATO’s defense initiatives and advance its dual-use laser communication technology in the defense sector. DIANA provides startups like Astrolight with access to a network of experts, resources, and funding opportunities to help them develop and commercialize innovative technologies for defense applications.

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Thaicom Selects Astranis to Expand Fleet with THAICOM-9

Thaicom

Thaicom Public Company Limited (Thaicom) has selected Astranis to provide THAICOM-9, the newest addition to Thaicom’s fleet of high-throughput satellites at 119.5 degrees East. Thaicom’s subsidiary, Space Tech Innovation Limited (STI) and Astranis have signed an agreement for an Astranis MicroGEO satellite to provide Ka-band services over Asia, with an option for expanded coverage through future satellites.

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Space Café Summit by Dr. Emma Gatti on International Women’s Day 2024

"Women Leading the Space Frontier - How to boost Women's Leadership in Space" In this roundtable, Dr Emma Gatti, Editor In Chief at SpaceWatch.Global, will be joined by Hannah Ashford, Managing Director of The Karman Project Foundation; Anastasia Stepanova, Ph.D. candidate in Space Resources at Colorado School of Mines, a crew member of the international space projects "Mars-160" and "SIRIUS-19" the first female test subject in the experiment "Dry Immersion", engineer, space journalist; Mani Thiru, ex-AWS Head of Space & Satellite, Asia-Pacific; and Dr Norilmi Amilia Ismail, CEO of SpaceIn.

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Sidus Space Launch LizzieSat Aboard Transporter-10 Mission

SpaceX

Sidus Space, a multi-faceted Space and Data-as-a-Service satellite company has announced the successful launch and deployment of its LizzieSat™ satellite as part of SpaceX’s Transporter-10 Rideshare mission. Liftoff occurred at 2:05 p.m. PDT from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The successful deployment of LizzieSat™ signifies a monumental achievement for Sidus Space, marking its entrance into the next era of its space technology and data services.

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Agile Space Receives SpaceWERX Contract to Deliver MPPCs

Agile Space

In-space propulsion solution provider Agile Space Industries has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract from SpaceWERX. SpaceWERX is part of the innovation arm of the U.S. Space Force and a part of AFWERX, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. Agile was one of 19 company winners of the 2023 SpaceWERX Tactically Responsive Space (TacRS) Challenge. The Space Safari program office at USSF Space Systems Command, which identifies cutting-edge TacRS, sponsored the challenge.

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Terran Orbital Wins AFRL Contract to Supply Satellite Platforms

Terran Orbital office. Credit Terran Orbital

Terran Orbital Corporation has announced winning a $15.2 million contract to supply Ambassador Class satellite platforms complete with solar arrays and support equipment to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The contract, managed through Axient Corporation, will integrate payloads onto these ESPA-Grande size space vehicle platforms to support specific United States Space Force missions. Delivery is tentatively in the 4th quarter of 2024.

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CDL-Oxford is Hosting an Event for Europe’s Space Exploration

Colonel Chris Hadfield

The Creative Destruction Lab Oxford (CDL-Oxford) is hosting a unique meeting featuring 30 promising space startups and Colonel Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station, to help put Europe at the forefront of space exploration. The event will hold from 6-8 March 2024 at the Saïd Business School. The unique meeting will consequently see CDL-Oxford bring together a global mentor community of astronauts, entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists. 

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