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NASA awards SpaceX contract modification for missions beyond Artemis III

SpaceX was awarded a NASA contract modification, Option B, to further develop its Starship human landing system to meet agency requirements for long-term human exploration of the Moon as part of the Artemis program, NASA said. According to the modification, SpaceX will conduct a second crewed landing demonstration in 2027 as part of the Artemis IV mission.

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Second Terran Orbital-developed lunar satellite LunIR launches successfully

Satellite-based solutions provider Terran Orbital, successfully launched Moon-mapping satellite, LunIR (Lunar Infrared Imaging). This is the second Terran Orbital-developed lunar satellite to launch this year after CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment). CAPSTONE entered a Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit around the Moon just days ago after its launch in June. Both spacecraft support NASA’s Artemis program.

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Spire Global Unveils Next-Generation 16U Satellite Bus

Spire Global, Inc., a leading global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services, has revealed a next-generation 16U satellite bus design at Space Tech Expo Europe. The satellite bus is tailored for customers with missions that require larger payloads and more power, volume, and data capabilities than a conventional 16U, such as Earth observation and space domain awareness missions

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Space Café Radio – on tour in Riyadh – with Frank Salzgeber

In this episode of Space Cafè Radio Editor in Chief Dr. Emma Gatti spoke with Frank Salzgeber, the managing director of the Saudi Space Sector. This interview took place during the Connecting the World from the Skies forum, which was held in Riyadh from the 8th to the 10th of November 2022.

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NASA’s Artemis I mission successfully launches Orion to Moon

NASA successfully launched Artemis I, comprising its Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket in the world, with the uncrewed Orion spacecraft aboard, which is on its way to cislunar orbit as part of the Artemis program, NASA said. During its 25.5-day space trip, Orion will travel approximately 64,000 km beyond the Moon before returning to Earth.

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Exobotics Wins GenMat Deal to Construct Prospecting Satellite

Exobotics, the UK satellite firm, has won a multi-million-pound customer contract from advanced materials specialist Quantum Generative Materials (GenMat) to construct a high-precision, remote-sensing prospecting satellite. Exobotics will design, manufacture, and test a CubeSat satellite platform with a hyperspectral imaging payload to allow GenMat to canvas the natural environment anywhere on the planet

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Space Cafe Radio – on tour in Riyadh – with HE Dr. Mohammed Altamimi

In this Space Café Radio - SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with HE Dr. Mohammed Altamimi, the Governor of the Communications, Space & Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (CST). This interview took place during the Connecting the World from the Skies forum, which was held in Riyadh from the 8th to the 10th of November 2022.

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CAPSTONE successfully enters NRHO around the Moon

The Terran Orbital-developed CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) spacecraft successfully arrived in a Near-Rectilinear Halo Orbit (NRHO) around the Moon, the satellite product manufacturer said. The successful orbit insertion is the first step of the pathfinding lunar mission’s next phase.

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Morpheus Space partners with Kayhan Space to provide collision avoidance system

Spaceflight safety software-as-a-service provider Kayhan Space, and spacecraft electric propulsion systems provider Morpheus Space, entered into a strategic partnership to offer satellite operators and missions a mobility-as-a-service collision avoidance solution, Kayhan said.

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