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Where Startup Innovation Begins: Vernadsky Challenge

The Vernadsky Challenge, a competition for hardware startups, is accepting applications for engineering startups in the fields of space technologies & active bioelectronics. The winner will receive a grant of $60,000. The Vernadsky Challenge is an engineering startup competition organized by Noosphere, and provides opportunities for the development of promising projects …

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Altius Space Machines to support Dynetics’ Human Landing System

Voyager Space Holdings, a leader in integrated space services, announced that its subsidiary, Altius Space Machines was selected as a subcontractor to Dynetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leidos, to support the development of a human landing system for NASA’s Artemis program. With Altius support, Dynetics aims to enable the Artemis …

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Arianespace’s Ariane 5 orbits Galaxy 30, MEV-2, and BSAT-4b

Arianespace’s Flight VA253 began at the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone, with Ariane 5 deploying its three passengers during a sequence lasting 47 minutes from liftoff to final separation. It marked the 253rd launch of an Ariane-series vehicle to date, and the 109th using an Ariane 5. The mission used an Ariane 5 …

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NASA’s TESS Completes Primary Mission

On July 4, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) finished its primary mission, imaging about 75% of the starry sky as part of a two-year-long survey. In capturing this giant mosaic, TESS has found 66 new exoplanets, or worlds beyond our solar system, as well as nearly 2,100 candidates astronomers …

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Ovzon expands reach and capacity through Intelsat agreement

  Ovzon and Intelsat have entered into a four-year agreement where Intelsat will provide service to Ovzon via three powerful steerable beams on the Intelsat 39 (IS-39) and Intelsat 37 (IS-37) satellites. The agreement replaces and expands the current agreement for capacity on IS-39. The agreement enhances Ovzon’s offerings with …

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Cubic to deliver satellite and baseband comms for US Special Operations Command

  Cubic Corporation announced its Cubic Mission Solutions (CMS) business division was awarded a follow-on, single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract with a ceiling of $172 million from United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to deliver GATR inflatable satellite communications (SATCOM) terminals and baseband communications equipment in support of special operations forces …

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Sierra Nevada Corporation advances habitat development for NASA

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a global aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, is continuing to advance its development of the company’s LIFE Habitat (Large Inflatable Fabric Environment) under Phase 3 of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix A habitat program. In Phase …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Kenneth Hodgkins on Global Space Economy

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Kenneth Hodgkins, President of International Space Enterprise Consultants in Virginia talked about his wide-ranging thoughts on working towards a shared vision for our future global space economy, with a focus on international space policy and law. With 40 years of US Government experience, he is …

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The IAC 2020 Technical Program goes Virtual

The International Astronautical Federation’s annual event, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), has been at the center of innovation for the space community for 70 years. As such, the annual event plays an important role to allow space professionals and the young generation to disseminate their research and develop collaborations. The …

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ViacomCBS selects Intelsat for global video distribution

Intelsat announced it has been selected to continue distributing content for ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) in Central Europe, Eastern Europe and across the Asia Pacific region. Intelsat was chosen for its unique ability to deliver managed media services, global coverage and integrated satellite distribution and terrestrial network. “We are proud …

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