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NASA taps SETI Institute for Planetary Protection Support contract

NASA awarded the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, a contract to support all phases of current and future planetary protection missions to ensure compliance with planetary protection standards. The SETI Institute will work with NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection (OPP) to provide technical reviews and recommendations, validate biological cleanliness on …

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NASA updates protection policies for Moon-to-Mars missions

NASA has released two NASA Interim Directives (NIDs) updating the agency’s requirements for robotic and human missions traveling to the Earth’s Moon, and human missions traveling to Mars. The first, NID 8715.128, addresses the control of forward terrestrial biological contamination associated with all NASA and NASA-affiliated missions intended to land, orbit, or …

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exactEarth expands Channel Partner Agreement by $7.0 Million

exactEarth, a provider of Satellite-AIS data services, announced an expanded alliance agreement with one of its existing channel partners. All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated. The Amended Agreement extends the current agreement between the companies by three-and-a-half years through to December 2023. exactEarth estimates that this Amended Agreement …

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New York startup iRocket lands contract for reusable rockets with US Air Force

iRocket announced that the company signed a Phase II RAPID Other Transaction Agreement contract with the U.S. Air Force, on the heels of the phase I contract where iRocket partnered with Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in Albuquerque, N.M., and Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 42 – C-Band, Satellites and 5G

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 42: ‘C-Band, Satellites and 5G’, originally published in June 2020. 1. The U.S. C-band story – transitioning the use of C-band from satellite to …

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NASA Invests $51 Million in US Firms to Advance Space Research

NASA selected 409 technology proposals for the first phase of funding from the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The contracts will provide approximately $51 million to 312 small businesses in 44 states and Washington, D.C. “NASA depends on America’s small businesses for …

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United States Space Force field command structure reduces command layers, focuses on space

The Department of the Air Force and the United States Space Force have finalized the new service’s organizational structure for echelons below the headquarters, reflecting the newest branch of the armed forces’ guiding principles of being a lean, agile and mission-focused organization. The USSF field organization will consist of three …

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In-Space sets sights on next phase of Faraday programme after devastating loss of Faraday-1 satellite

In-Space sets sights on next phase of Faraday programme after devastating loss of Faraday-1 satellit. In-Space Missions has vowed to continue its Faraday satellite programme after the extreme disappointment of losing their maiden satellite Faraday-1. The nanosat was launched on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket yesterday evening (4th July) from …

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