ISU MSS 2024

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Switzerland Becomes Latest Signatory to the Artemis Accords

Switzerland Artemis Accords

Switzerland has become the 37th member of the Artemis Accords, as Guy Parmelin, Swiss Federal Councillor and Minister for Economic Affairs, Education & Research, signed the Accords on behalf of Switzerland at NASA Headquarters in Washington on Monday, April 15. The signature consequently affirms Switzerland’s commitment to the sustainable and beneficial use of space for all humankind.

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Voyager Space Names Neeraj Gupta Chief Strategy Officer

Voyager Space

Voyager Space (Voyager), has announced the appointment of Neeraj Gupta as the company's Chief Strategy Officer. As CSO, Neeraj will lead the development and execution of comprehensive strategic initiatives to drive innovation, market expansion, and sustainable growth. Neeraj was a key player in establishing the company in 2021 and helped secure the second-largest Series A capital raise in aerospace history: $1.4 billion.

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SSC Successfully Launches WSF-M Weather Satellite

Space Systems Command (SSC) and its mission partners have successfully launched the United States Space Force (USSF)-62 Weather System Follow–on–Microwave (WSF-M) satellite aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 (SLC-4) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in northern Santa Barbara County, California. This mission brings new capabilities to the US and its allies by placing the first satellite of two new generations of operational environmental monitoring satellites into orbit.

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#SpaceWatchGL Venture Space – March 2024

After a behemoth month of space-tech investment in February ($1.7b), global venture investment in space-tech fell back to earth in March with only $93.96m invested. Europe held three of the four largest investments this month: Multiverse Computing in Spain (€25m), Mbryonics in Ireland (€17.5m), and Blackwave in Germany ($6.6m), with South Africa’s Simera Sense (€13.5m) rounding out the top-four.

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SSC Awards TacRS Contracts Towards VICTUS HAZE Mission

The United States Space Force’s Space Systems Command, through its Space Safari Program Office, in partnership with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and SpaceWERX, is awarding contracts to two separate space industry vendors, Rocket Lab and True Anomaly. The vendors will exercise a realistic threat response scenario in an on-orbit space domain awareness (SDA) demonstration called VICTUS HAZE.

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CONFERS Elects Joerg Kreisel as President of New Executive Committee

The Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) has announced its new executive committee, with iboss boss Joerg Kreisel elected as President. The Association also elected Jon Beam, CEO of Rogue Space Systems Corporation, as Vice President, Dr Brien Flewelling, Director of Strategic Program Development at ExoAnalytic Solutions, as Secretary, and Joseph Anderson, Vice President of Space Logistics, LLC, as Treasurer.

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ADRAS-J Completes Rendezvous and Initiates Proximity Approach

Astroscale

Astroscale Japan Inc. has announced that its commercial debris inspection demonstration satellite, Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J), has achieved a major technical milestone: completion of the rendezvous phase of its mission and the beginning of the proximity approach. This success is underscored by starting Angles-Only Navigation, a navigation method to estimate relative position and velocity through the servicer’s onboard cameras.

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Space Symposium 2024 – Interview with Ron Lopez

We made it back to the Denver Office of Astroscale US to meet with the team and to record this interview of Dr Emma Gatti with Ron Lopez, President of Astroscale US. Astroscale has exciting updates about its expansion in the United States, with offices in Denver and Washington D.C., and changes in its board structure. They are collaborating with the government on many more contracts and are looking forward to many more commercial space opportunities.

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