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ESA Contracts Three Companies for Zero Debris Satellite Platforms


The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, OHB and Thales Alenia Space each to develop large low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite platforms that conform to Zero Debris standards. This aligns with the ESA's commitment to deliver on the promise of Zero Debris by 2030. As a result, ESA is supporting the industry during this technologically challenging transition to ensure Europe can design and build compliant satellites in time.

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COSPAR Launches Space Innovation Centre in Cyprus

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) is proud to announce the inauguration of the COSPAR International Space Innovation Centre, in Nicosia, Cyprus. This landmark event, held during a five-day summit, marks the culmination of a joint dedicated efforts over the past few years between the COSPAR Panel on Innovative Solutions (PoIS) Impact Group and the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO).

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CSA Awards MDA Space $1 billion for Canadarm3 Program

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded MDA Space Ltd. $1 billion for the next phases of the Canadarm3 program. Canadarm3 will go aboard Gateway, a NASA-led multinational collaboration to establish a space station in lunar orbit to support human and robotic missions to the surface of the Moon – a key element of the Artemis program. The contract includes funding for Phase C (final design) and Phase D (construction, system assembly, integration and test) of the full robotics system, comprising a large arm, a smaller dexterous arm, specialized tools for performing maintenance and science tasks, as well as a ground segment for command and control.

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EUMETSAT Re-awards MTG-S1’s Launch to SpaceX


The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) member states, during a Council meeting which took place on 26-27 June 2024, decided to award a launch service contract to SpaceX for the launch of the Meteosat Third Generation-Sounder 1 (MTG-S1) satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2025. The Satellite was initially scheduled to launch on the new Ariane 6's third flight around early 2025.

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NASA Selects SpaceX to Develop ISS Deorbit Vehicle

In preparation for the safe and responsible deorbit of the International Space Station (ISS) in a controlled manner after the end of its operational life in 2030, NASA has selected SpaceX to develop and deliver the U.S. Deorbit Vehicle that will provide the capability to deorbit the space station and ensure avoidance of risk to populated areas. The single-award contract has a total potential value of $843 million, while the launch service for the Vehicle will be a future procurement.

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Planet Labs to Lay Off 17% of Global Workforce

Planet Labs has announced in an SEC filing, that its plans to lay off 180 workers, representing about 17% of its total workforce to reduce costs. The Company noted that the action was consistent with its ongoing focus on aligning the Company’s resources to the market opportunity, improving operational efficiency, and supporting the long-term growth and profitability of the business.

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The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and its Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) have announced that the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has officially become a Regional Support Office (RSO) for UN-SPIDER. As a new RSO, SANSA will collaborate closely with UN-SPIDER on outreach, capacity building, horizontal cooperation, and technical advisory support.

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ASTRIONICS is Developing SpaceCOTS for NewSpace Industrialization

ASTRIONICS is at the forefront of SpaceCOTS (Space Commercial Off-The-Shelf) technology for NewSpace Industrialization. During the annual German conference on EEE (Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical) parts organized by DLR in May 2024, Dr. Michael Schlüter, founder and CEO of ASTRIONICS GmbH presented the current status and outlook of SpaceCOTS - a concept he pioneered and introduced already more than a decade ago. 

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Sateliot Integrates Satcom Stack into Leaf Space GSaaS Network

Sateliot has announced successfully integrating its satellite communication stack with Leaf Space's Ground Segment as a Service (GSaaS) Network. This milestone is crucial for the upcoming Transporter-11 mission by SpaceX, during which Sateliot will launch four new 6U satellites to further global 5G IoT connectivity. Leaf Space's GSaaS ensures that Sateliot's constellation can scale efficiently, providing redundancy and robust support for continuous operations

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LiveEO Announces Successful Series B Funding Round

LiveEO has raised €25 million in a Series B funding round led by NordicNinja and DeepTech & Climate Fonds (DTCF). This investment will accelerate the development of LiveEO's cutting-edge solutions, and expand its team and capabilities. The Company leverages high-resolution satellite data and proprietary AI-powered algorithms to generate accurate, timely, and actionable insights that help critical infrastructure operators manage climate risks and resilience.

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