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SERA and NASRDA Partner to Send First Nigerian to Space

The Space Exploration & Research Agency (SERA) and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) today announced a groundbreaking partnership to send the first Nigerian into space. Under the partnership, SERA will reserve a seat on an upcoming Blue Origin New Shepard suborbital spaceflight for a Nigerian citizen as part of a broader SERA-led initiative, in partnership with Blue Origin, to send six individuals from nations historically underrepresented in space exploration.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Chandrayaan-3: India’s Foothold on the Moon

On Friday, 23rd August 2023, moments after confirming the successful soft landing of the Vikram lander with the words “we are on the Moon,” ISRO Chairman Somnath invited Indian Prime Minister Modi to speak. Unlike September 2019, during the unsuccessful Chandrayaan-2 lander mission, Modi was not in Bangalore but in South Africa, attending a BRICS meeting. This mission, a product of national political and financial commitment, attracted international acclaim.

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UNOOSA Hosts UN Conference on Sustainable Lunar Activities

UNOOSA

 The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has hosted the first United Nations Conference on Sustainable Lunar Activities, ahead of the 67th Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The Conference convened astronauts, heads of space agencies, the scientific and legal communities, and industry to address common approaches, priorities, and expectations for the peaceful, sustainable, and cooperative exploration of the Moon.

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Hughes Partners Telespazio as it Expands in Europe

Hughes Europe, a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar company (Nasdaq: SATS), has announced its strategic expansion into the Military, Defence, and Government sectors across pan-European nations to provide communications solutions to government communications ministries, military operators, and blue light services. Troy Truman has also joined Hughes and will act as the head of this initiative

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US-India Second iCET Meeting Explores Space Collaborations

The United States and India have held its second meeting of the U.S.-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) with U.S. National Security Advisor (APNSA) Jake Sullivan and Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval chairing the meeting in New Delhi. Since the launch of iCET in January 2023, the United States and India have made significant strides toward deepening and expanding strategic cooperation across key technology sectors including space.

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SGAC Announces 8th African Space Generation Workshop

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) has announced its 8th annual African Space Generation Workshop (AF-SGW). The Space Generation Workshop will hold at the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Abuja, Nigeria, on the 20th and 21st of November 2024 with the theme: The Future of Africa’s Space Industry: Capacity Building For Sustainable Development. 

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Ariane 6 Upper Part Moves to Launch Pad for First Flight

ESA

The European Space Agency (ESA) has transferred Ariane 6's upper composite with the payloads that it will launch to Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The upper part of the rocket was moved from the encapsulation hall in Europe's Spaceport to the launch pad in the morning, and placed on top of the rocket. The rocket's fairing includes hardware from experiments, deployers, satellites and reentry capsules.

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Kepler Validates Optical Technology for Data Relay Constellation

Kepler

Kepler Communications has announced the successful validation of optical inter-satellite links (OISLs) between two data relay satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO). During a commissioning and early operations phase, Kepler established optical inter-satellite links between two Pathfinder satellites featuring  Space Development Agency (SDA) compatible Tesat SCOT80 optical terminals.

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Satellogic Announce Another Round of Layoffs

Satellogic image. Credit Satellogic

Satellogic has announced another round of layoffs with an additional workforce reduction of approximately 70 Full-time Time Equivalents. This comes after the imaging company announced a workforce reduction in May 2024 of 34 employees, which constituted approximately 13% of its employee base. The workforce reduction comes as a part of the Company’s previously announced and ongoing efforts to reduce operating costs and control spending

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Vyoma Contracts Aerospacelab for Second SSA Satellite

Vyoma has selected Aerospacelab for a contract for a microsatellite, flying Vyoma’s second Space Situational Awareness (SSA) optical payload, which will tentatively launch towards the end of 2025. The mission advances Vyoma’s 12-satellite Flamingo constellation which the Company designed for the acquisition and provision of low-latency, high-fidelity space-based SSA data.

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