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Axiom Space Introduces Program for Access to Low-Earth Orbit

Axiom Space is launching the Axiom Space Access Program to enable countries to realize the long-term economic and scientific value in microgravity today without building or expanding their infrastructure, such as on-orbit facilities, launch vehicles, medical or training programs, and support capabilities. Azercosmos, the Space Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, became the first participating country in the Axiom Space Access Program

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Leonardo DRS Mission Captures Earth Images for NASA

Leonardo DRS

Leonardo DRS, Inc has announced that its new high-precision radiometer technology is helping to measure the Earth’s surface temperature from space. The image collection from the company’s Multiband Uncooled SmallSat Imaging Radiometer (MUSIR) payload is part of an innovative demonstration mission for NASA. MUSIR, with its space-based uncooled thermal imaging radiometer technology, aims to pave the way for small, affordable satellite constellations.

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Goonhilly Purchases COMSAT Teleports in the US

Goonhilly has finalized the purchase of the two COMSAT teleports on the East and West coasts of the United States. As a result, it will manage and operate sites in Southbury, Connecticut, and Santa Paula, California, increasing the company’s global satellite communications coverage. The acquisition will enable customers on both sides of the Atlantic to have access Goonhilly's services. Furthermore, the purchase will move Goonhilly one step closer to providing a fully global, 24/7 space and satellite communications network service upon completion.

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Exolaunch Deploys 21 Satellites on Transporter-7 Mission

Exolaunch

Exolaunch has successfully deployed 21 satellites on SpaceX’s Transporter-7 mission. The mission launched via SpaceX Falcon 9 on April 14 at 11:48 pm PT from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, USA. This is the 19th mission in Exolaunch’s flight heritage, bringing it to 290 satellites launched and taking the Company ever closer to the 300 satellites milestone. 

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Olansen to Serve as New Gateway Program Manager

Olansen

NASA has selected Dr. Jon B. Olansen as the new manager of the Agency’s Gateway Program, an international collaboration building humanity's first lunar space station, which will support Artemis' missions to the Moon. Olansen will be replacing Dan Hartman, who is retiring after having served as Gateway program manager since its formation in 2019.

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Kepler Raises $92 Million USD Series C

Kepler GEN1 Satellite. Credit Kepler Communications

Kepler Communications, a Canadian satellite telecommunications provider, announced on the 13th of April that it has raised $92 million USD in Series C funding led by IA Ventures. Since 2016, the company has raised more than $200 million in equity, supported by Costanoa Ventures, Canaan Partners, Tribe Capital, BDC Capital’s Industrial Innovation Venture Fund, and other leading investors.

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Privateer Co-Founder Receives Grant for Satellite Brightness Study

Privateer Space has announced that Dr. Moriba Jah, the company’s co-founder and chief scientist, has received an award grant from the National Geographic Society and will become a National Geographic Explorer. This grant will go to Privateer’s launch of Glint Evader. Glint Evader will collect satellite data to develop software that predicts and helps astronomers anticipate when sunlight reflecting off of satellites may interfere with their observations.

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WSWA Releases 2022 Edition of its Annual Report

The World Space Week Association (WSWA) has released the 2022 edition of its Annual Report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Association's performance and achievements in the past year. "Space and Sustainability" was the World Space Week (WSW)'s 2022 theme to raise awareness of the key role of space in the sustainability of life on Earth and the importance of sustaining the space environment. 

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