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Sierra Nevada Corporation selected by the DoD to create Unmanned Orbital Outpost prototype

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), an aerospace and national security solutions provider owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, was awarded a contract to repurpose SNC’s Shooting Star transport vehicle as a proposed commercial solution for an Unmanned Orbital Outpost – essentially a scalable, autonomous space station for experiments and logistics demonstrations …

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Virgin Galactic taps Michael Colglazier as Chief Executive Officer

Virgin Galactic Holdings, a vertically-integrated aerospace and space travel company, announced the appointments of Michael Colglazier as Virgin Galactic’s new Chief Executive Officer and George Whitesides as Chief Space Officer, effective July 20, 2020. Michael assumes the CEO role at an exciting time for Virgin Galactic as the Company progresses through …

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NASA announces James Webb Space Telescope target launch date

NASA now is targeting Oct. 31, 2021, for the launch of the agency’s James Webb Space Telescope from French Guiana, due to impacts from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as technical challenges. This decision is based on a recently completed schedule risk assessment of the remaining integration and test …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: On-Orbit Servicing, a double-edged sword

by Angelica Gould As orbital traffic continues to expand and flourish, on-orbit sustainability efforts must also evolve. On-Orbit Servicing (OOS) can renovate degrading space assets and advance space sustainability through in-space manufacturing, orbit modification, refurbishment, and resource replenishment. However, the very nature of and intricacy in conducting OOS operations can …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: A Smarter SDG 18

by Nick Barracca 2020 is a pivotal year for sustainable development and the start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Decade of Action. This month, UN representatives hope to accelerate the SDG’s stunted progress during a high-level political forum, which is desperately needed so the world builds back better from …

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NASA and Japan to collaborate on Artemis program

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the Government of Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Koichi Hagiuda signed a Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent (JEDI) during a virtual meeting on July 9 (July 10 Japan time). The JEDI describes the plans for cooperation regarding the International Space …

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Roscosmos says ready to ensure safe spacewalk for tourists

Specialists of Roscosmos will take all measures to ensure a safe spacewalk for tourists and the Russian state space corporation is ready to provide these services, its head Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station. The Roscosmos chief noted that during the spacewalk a tourist will be accompanied …

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NASA Announces Mini Payload Challenge Winners

NASA’s next giant leap may be aided by tiny lunar robots. These miniature robots would help scout the lunar surface, collecting key information about the Moon, its resources, and the environment. Such data would be helpful for the agency’s future lunar endeavors and NASA’s Artemis program. In April, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory …

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