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Rocket Lab, DARPA and Space Development Agency achieve Mandrake-2 milestone

Launch and space systems company, Rocket Lab USA, has supported a significant milestone for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) Mandrake-2 mission, the company said. Able and Baker, the two Mandrake-2 spacecraft, successfully closed and maintained an optical communications link at a range of 114 km.

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Euroconsult predicts one ton of smallsats to be launched daily in the next decade

Euroconsult published the latest update of “Prospects for the Small Satellite Market” forecasting further growth in the global supply and demand of small satellites weighing a maximum of 500 kg. The 8th edition of the market intelligence report expects about 18,500 smallsats to be launched over the next decade.

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RFA successfully hot fires Helix engine

Launch service provider Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA), successfully tested its Helix engine in flight configuration for a total of 74 seconds, the company reported. The test included long-duration hot firings of 30 and 40 seconds each, preceded by a short test of four seconds of the same engine. The tests reached the desired duration, Helix operated nominally and was shut down safely. 

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Starship booster test ends in fire

SpaceX’s first orbital Starship vehicle’s booster test ended in an anomalous fire originating from the base of the vehicle. The pad was cleared of personnel at the time of the fire, no injuries were reported. Super Heavy Booster 7 was tested at SpaceX’s Starbase complex at Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX was planning on conducting a spin start test of the engines, which did not involve ignition.

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Register Today For Our Space Café Brazil On 8 August 2022

This Space Café Brazil will feature Prof. Thais Russomano, a Brazilian Space Scientist, Researcher and Medical Doctor, in conversation with Ian Grosner, Correspondent of SpaceWatch.Global for Brazil. The Future of Humans in Space. Prof Thais Russomano has 30+ yr of experience in Aerospace Med, Space Phys & Digital Health.

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