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ISRO Successfully Launch SSLV-D2 Mission

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched the second developmental flight of the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV-D2) today, February 10, 2023, at 09:18 hours IST from the first launch pad at SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota. The SSLV-D2 mission aims to inject EOS-07, Janus-1, and AzaadiSAT-2 satellites into a 450 km circular orbit in its 15-minute flight.

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Airbus Integrates Multiple ESMs for Orion Program

Three European Service Modules (ESMs) are currently undergoing integration in parallel in Airbus’ Bremen cleanrooms. Consequently, the integration of ESM-3 is almost complete, and ESM-4 is well underway. As a result, the newly arrived ESM-5 structure is undergoing initial integration. Each ESM requires the integration of more than 22,000 elements.

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EUSPA signs agreement with Czech government for new headquarters

Nová Palmovka will officially become the new headquarters of the European Union Agency for the Space programme (EUSPA). EUSPA continues to expand its operations in the Czech Republic, and EUSPA and the Czech government have signed a joint memorandum of understanding to support the relocation of the seat of the agency from Prague's Holešovice to the nearby "Nová Palmovka" facility.  

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Cheops Discovers Unexpected Ring Around Quaoar

The European Space Agency (ESA)'s CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite (Cheops) mission has observed a dwarf planet in our Solar System, contributing to the discovery of a dense ring of material around it. The mission discovered that the Dwarf Planet Quaoar had a ring of almost seven and a half times the radius of the Dwarf Planet. This consequently opens up a mystery for astronomers; why has this material not coalesced into a small moon?

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The Washington Compact Unveiled by the Hague Institute

The Hague Institute for Global Justice has introduced The Washington Compact on Norms of Behavior for Commercial Space Operations, marking a historic milestone for the global space industry. The unveiling happened at the Metropolitan Club, D.C., on 7 February 2023. As a result, the Washington Compact demonstrates the international community's commitment to the sustainable commercial use of outer space for the benefit of all humankind.

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Exotrail raises USD 58 Million in a Series B round

Exotrail has raised USD 58 million to scale up and pursue its ambitions for space mobility worldwide. The funds will enable the company's scale-up of its products like spaceware electric propulsion systems and spacestudio mission design software. Likewise, it will fuel the introduction and growth of Exotrail’s new products, spacetower operations software and its space logistics service spacedrop and the expansion of Exotrail’s international presence, with a strong focus on the US and Asian markets.

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