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China Partners Egypt and Bahrain Towards Chang’e-7 Mission

China

China has signed a cooperation agreement with the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA), Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency, and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics towards its upcoming Chang'e 7 lunar mission. The parties signed a Scientific and Technical Cooperation Contract for the joint development of a Hyperspectral Imager of the Lunar Surface Material on Chang'e-7. The camera will subsequently image and analyze lunar surface materials from orbit, including the moon’s polar regions. 

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Orbex Receives Funding for Green Propulsion Excellence Center

Space rocket manufacturer Orbex, with design and production facilities in Hvidovre, has received an investment of DKK 23.7 million (3.4 million USD) from Innovation Fund Denmark. The Company will consequently leverage the funding to establish a 'Green Propulsion Excellence Center' at the site in the Copenhagen suburb, where Orbex will design, produce and test green propulsion systems for Orbex's Prime rocket, which will send satellites into orbit around the Earth.

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NASA and Boeing Evaluate Starliner Upon Arriving the ISS

Starliner

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams since getting to the International Space Station (ISS) have been testing Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft. The testing is part of the data collection on the Starliner system for certification by NASA for regular crewed missions to the orbital complex. Along with teams on the ground, the astronauts are stepping through numerous flight objectives following Starliner's arrival.

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ThrustMe Announces Decarsin as Marketing and Comms Head

ThrustMe

ThrustMe, an in-orbit propulsion system Company, has announced the appointment of Pia Decarsin as the new Head of Marketing and Communications. This strategic hire comes as ThrustMe continues its growth, now boasting a dynamic team of 40.  Pia Decarsin joins ThrustMe with over a decade of experience in strategic communications, content creation, and media relations for international organizations

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USGIF and Black Cape Announce New Recurring Scholarship

USGIF

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and Black Cape have announced a new multi-year scholarship; the Black Cape Scholarship for Women in Geospatial Intelligence. Each summer the scholarship will go to one female student studying geospatial, geography, geospatial technology, or a related field at the undergraduate level with the intent to work for the U.S. Government.

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Rocket Lab to Get Funding Under CHIPS Act for Semiconductors

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has announced the signing of a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) with the Department of Commerce that would see Rocket Lab receive up to $23.9M in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act. The Company also plans to claim the Department of the Treasury’s Investment Tax Credit, which is potentially up to 25% of qualified capital expenditures.

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ESA’s Ian Carnelli – Deflecting Asteroids through Humble Leadership

In this episode of the Space Cafe Podcast, Markus dives into the fascinating world of planetary defense with Ian Carnelli from the European Space Agency (ESA). They discuss the monumental joint mission between ESA and NASA aimed at protecting Earth from potential asteroid impacts, reflecting on the long journey, challenges, and successes of the project.

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Deimos-Led Consortium Receive EU Funding for ICARUS

Deimos

A European consortium, led by Spanish mission and system integrator Elecnor Deimos (Deimos), has received €15 million in funding from the European Union to develop an inflatable heat shield to recover rocket stages from space and prepare for Mars missions. Other partners and affiliations include the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Italian Aerospace Research Center (CIRA), the French Aerospace Research Center (ONERA), Pangaia Grado Zero, Politecnico di Torino, Atmos Space Cargo, HDES Service & Engineering, and Demcon Advanced Mechatronics. 

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constellr Signs ESA ScaleUP INVEST Contract for Second Satellite

constellr

constellr has signed a contract for commercial acceleration with the European Space Agency’s ScaleUp INVEST program in a significant step for its growth trajectory. The contract marks an important milestone which will see ESA co-finance the launch of constellr's second satellite. Together with ExoLaunch as the Company's launch broker, constellr is preparing to take the next steps towards commercialization.

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COSPAR Partners with LASP for COSPAR Center of Excellence

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) has announced its partnership with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, designating the LASP Small/CubeSat group as a "COSPAR Center of Excellence for Capacity Building in CubeSat Technologies". Part of COSPAR’s mission is to promote the exchange of scientific results at international level and encourage meaningful roles for young scientists in space research.

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