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U.S. DARPA tasks Gryphon with supporting nuclear thermal propulsion system

Berlin, 30 September 2020. – The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) tasked DC-based Gryphon Technologies to support the development of a nuclear thermal propulsion system, the firm announced yesterday. Gryphon provides digital engineering, analytics, cyber and cloud solutions to U.S. security organizations. It was awarded a $14million DARPA task …

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Exolaunch delivers 15 small satellites on Soyuz rideshare mission

Berlin, 29 September 2020. – The rideshare specialist Exolaunch has successfully sent a cluster of 15 small satellites into space, the Berlin-based start-up announced. The mission dubbed Wanderlust (Desire to Travel) lifted off on a Soyuz-2 rocket from the Russian Plesetsk cosmodrome. It delivered three microsatellites and 12 nanosatellites for …

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NASA and SpaceX target Halloween for their Crew-1 mission to ISS

Berlin, 29 September 2020. – NASA and SpaceX will send four astronauts from the U.S. and Japan to the International Space Station (ISS) on 31 October. This is the first NASA-certified commercial flight of an international crew from American soil, the agency said. The astronauts will fly from Cape Canaveral …

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Emirates want to land on Moon in first Arab lunar mission

Berlin, 29 September 2020. – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) want to become the first Arab country on the Moon and have announced the launch of the Emirates Lunar Mission, the Emirates newswire WAM reported today. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler …

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Czech Defense Ministry buys SPYDER from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems

Berlin, 28 September 2020. – The Czech Ministry of Defence decided to equip its military with air defense systems from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems, the ministries of both countries announced on 27 September. Following an international tender process, which lasted several years, the Czech Ministry of Defense informed the Directorate …

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Rocket Factory Augsburg selects Norwegian Andøya for maiden flight

Berlin, 28 September 2020. – Rocket Factory Augsburg selected the Norwegian Andøya Space for its maiden launch in 2022, the German start-up announced today. Andøya Space is developing a new launch complex on Andøya island in Northern Norway, 35 kilometers south of their existing sub-orbital launch site. The new site …

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ArianeGroup delivers key components for NASA’s Artemis Moon mission

Berlin, 28 September 2020. – ArianeGroup will deliver key propulsion system components for NASA’s Artemis Moon mission and has signed agreements with Airbus Defence and Space for the adaptation and construction of the third European Service Module (ESM) flight model for the Orion spacecraft, the company announced today. Airbus Defence …

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