ESPI Fall 2021 add

North America

Firefly Aerospace Achieves AS9100 Quality Certification

Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services,  announced on 6 May 2020 that it has secured AS9100 quality certification as it advances from developmental to production phase ahead of the inaugural flight of its Alpha launch vehicle later this year.

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MDA Receives Contract To Support Robotic Operations On The International Space Station

MDA announced on 4 May 2020 that it has received a contract worth CA$190 million (US$135.3 million) to support robotic operations on the International Space Station (ISS) from 2020 to 2024. MDA has provided Logistics and Sustaining Engineering (L&SE) services to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and its international partners since the start of the ISS, which this year will celebrate 20 years of continuous habitation by humans.

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Lunapolitics: U.S. To Propose ‘Artemis Accords’ To Govern Moon Mining Operations

Following the executive order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources signed by President Donald J. Trump on 6 April 2020, it has been reported by Reuters on 5 May 2020 that the United States is drafting principles it proposes can govern mining and other resource extraction operations on the Moon it calls the ‘Artemis Accords’.

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Completes First Flight From Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic  and The Spaceship Company have announced the successful completion of its first SpaceShipTwo test flight from Spaceport America. This glide flight marks the inaugural solo flight of VSS Unity in New Mexico and as such is an important flight test milestone in preparation for commercial service. On SpaceShipTwo’s …

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Maxar To Support Dynetics In Designing And Building Lunar Human Landing System For NASA

Maxar Technologies, a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, announced on 1 May 2020 that it has been selected to support Dynetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leidos, in designing and building a Human Landing System for NASA's Artemis program, which will send the first woman and the next man to the Moon by 2024 and enable future crewed missions to Mars.

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