ISU - Summer 2024

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SpaceX to launch three Polaris missions

Founder and CEO of Shift4, Jared Isaacman, announced the Polaris Program, a first-of-its-kind effort to rapidly advance human spaceflight capabilities, while continuing to raise funds and awareness for important causes on Earth. The program consists of three manned spaceflight missions demonstrating new technologies, conducting research, and concluding with SpaceX’s first human Starship flight.

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Lockheed steps back from US $4.4 billion deal to buy Aerojet

Lockheed Martin Corporation announced it has terminated its agreement to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne after a lawsuit filed last month by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seeking a preliminary injunction to block the acquisition. The company said the acquisition would have benefitted the industry “through greater efficiency, speed, and significant cost reductions for the U.S. government.”

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Register Today For Our Space Café Canada by Dr. Jessica West On 25 February 2022

This Space Café Canada will feature Paul Meyer, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, founding member of the Outer Space Institute, and currently a Fellow in International Security at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, in conversation with Dr. Jessica West, Senior Researcher at Project Ploughshares and a friend of SpaceWatch.Global.

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Astra’s first flight fails – 4 satellites lost

Astra Space’s first orbital launch with operational payloads failed to deliver four satellites to orbit due to an issue after main engine cut off. The company said they would provide an update after reviewing data working closely with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. Previously, the mission was scrubbed twice within a five-day period due to a radar system, and then a telemetry issue.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space Sustainability Is Not Passive

On November 14th of last year, Russia deliberately destroyed one of its satellites as a test of a new anti-satellite weapon (ASAT). According to a US State Department press briefing, “this test has so far generated over fifteen hundred pieces of trackable orbital debris and will likely generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris.”

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Pixxel selects Dawn Aerospace propulsion for satellite constellation

Dawn Aerospace announced it is providing satellite propulsion systems to hyperspectral Earth imaging company Pixxel, who is building a health monitor for the planet through a constellation of hyperspectral imaging small satellites. The constellation will provide productivity and environmental data and will benefit industries such as agriculture, resources, energy, and sustainability.

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Greg Wyler’s E-Space raises $50 million in funding 

E-Space announced it has closed the “largest seed funding round in space technology history” with a $50 million investment led by Prime Movers Lab. E-Space, the startup behind Rwanda’s filing for a constellation of 300,000 satellites is Greg Wyler’s latest space venture. He also founded O3b Networks and OneWeb previously.

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