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Northumbria University Leads 60-day Study to Improve Astronauts’ Health

Astronauts spending time in space experience significant deconditioning of their bodies due to the reduced gravity environment. Their muscles become smaller and weaker, and their bones lose density. The ‘bedrest study’ is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and German Aerospace Centre (DLR). It will take place until …

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European Military Space: Poland And USSTRATCOM Agree To Share Space Services And Data

United States Strategic Command and the Polish Space Agency signed an agreement for space situational awareness (SSA) services and data at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 10 April 2019. Agreements like these lay the foundation that allows the United States to share information with allies and partners. …

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Space Wars: United States And Allies Discuss Combined Space Operations Initiative

Air Chiefs and senior space officials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States held a meeting at Headquarters Air Force Space Command to discuss the future of the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) initiative on 10 April 2019. Following the meeting, the seven nations …

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European New Space: TESAT, KSAT, And GomSpace Partner To Build Laser Communications Capability For Small Satellites

Germany’s TESAT, Norway’s KSAT, and Denmark’s GomSpace have partnered up to introduce full optical communications capability for new innovative small satellite missions and space-based services. Until now this technology has mainly been used on large and expensive satellites but is now further developed, miniaturised and ready for use on small …

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Germany’s ExoLaunch And Virgin Orbit Sign Agreement To Launch Small Satellites From Launcher One

EXOLAUNCH, a leading Germany-based launch services provider and cluster integrator for small satellites, and Virgin Orbit, a California-based launch vehicle provider for small satellites, have announced the signing of an MOU for transporting EXOLAUNCH customers’ payloads on dedicated and rideshare missions with Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne as early as 2020. “Virgin …

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ESA To Build Quantum Communication Satellites For European Quantum Communications Network

Today’s interconnected world is ever more vulnerable to cyberattacks, emphasising the importance of secure encryption to protect Europe’s critical infrastructure and communications. An agreement forged today between the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA) marks the first steps towards creating a highly secure, pan-European quantum communication infrastructure. …

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Scottish New Space: Alba Orbital Sells Seven PocketQube Satellites On Rocket Lab Launch Mission

Scottish New Space company Alba Orbital has announced that it has customers for its second Alba Cluster Mission slated for a third quarter 2019 launch on a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle from New Zealand. The Alba Cluster 2 mission will launch seven PocketQube satellites from the AlbaPod satellite deployer …

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Communications Successfully Established with NanoAvionics Satellites

After the last week’s lift-off of the PSLV-C45 launch vehicle with two NanoAvionics nano-satellites, “M6P“ and “Blue Walker 1“, onboard, the company is pleased to confirm that the communication was successfully established with both satellites and they are flying in the Low Earth Orbit in a healthy condition. “M6P“ and …

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