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SpaceX launched more Starlink satellites on Falcon 9, including three Planet SkySats

On Saturday, June 13 at 5:21 a.m. EDT, 9:21 UTC, SpaceX successfully launched its ninth Starlink mission, carrying 58 Starlink satellites and three of Planet’s SkySats 16, 17, and 18. This mission marked SpaceX’s first SmallSat Rideshare Program launch. Planet’s SkySats were deployed sequentially beginning about 12 minutes after liftoff, and …

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Kathy Lueders Selected to Lead NASA’s Human Spaceflight Office

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Friday selected Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders to be the agency’s next associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. Since 2014, Lueders has directed NASA’s efforts to send astronauts to space on private spacecraft, which culminated in the successful launch of …

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Register Today For A Special Edition of the Space Café together with For All Moonkind On 18 June 2020

This is a Space Café – “Special” For All Moonkind and SpaceWatch.Global’s webinar featuring global space experts on special topics. Join the conversation about “Race in Space” – a conversation about equality and civil rights with diverse perspectives from within and outside the US space community. Hosted by Michelle Hanlon, …

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Astrobotic Awarded $199.5 Million Contract to Deliver NASA Moon Rover

Astrobotic, the world’s leading lunar logistics service provider, has been selected by NASA to deliver the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, to the south pole of the Moon in 2023. Astrobotic will provide an end-to-end delivery for VIPER on board the company’s Griffin lunar lander through a $199.5 …

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Loft Orbital awards launch contract to Exolaunch to deliver YAM-3 microsatellite into orbit on Falcon 9

Exolaunch, the leading rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, has announced a Launch Services Agreement with Loft Orbital, a San Francisco-based company, to deliver Loft Orbital’s YAM microsatellite into sun-synchronous orbit on Falcon 9. Under the contract, Exolaunch will deliver mission management, deployment and integration services to Loft Orbital, who …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Yvette Gonzalez on the value of Citizen Science and Project PoSSUM

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk, Yvette Gonzalez shared her thoughts about the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) program, future of Citizen Science research application and deployment, engaging unexpected multidisciplinary experts, and ultimately how it enables diversity and inclusion …

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York Space Systems Announces Partnership With LatConnect 60 To Deploy SmallSat Constellation

York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacturer of standardized spacecraft platforms, announced that the company has been chosen as a strategic partner & subcontractor by LatConnect 60, who is currently developing a small satellite constellation that will provide greater access and …

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Lockheed Martin Partners With TAQNIA To Build New Satellite Ground System For KSA

Following the successful launch and operation of Saudi Arabia’s newest commercial communications satellite, SaudiGeoSat-1 (SGS-1), Lockheed Martin has been selected to develop a new ground system to control, manage and operate the satellite. The Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA) and Lockheed Martin will develop and deploy the new …

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