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Space Cafe Radio Frontiers – CAMoes Special – with Dr Ana Pires

In this Space Café Radio Frontier episode, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Dr. Ana Pires, a geosciences researcher at the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems|CRAS in INESCTEC, Portugal, and the Co-Lead of CAMões Crew Zero.

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HyImpulse SR75 Rocket Ship to Australia for Inaugural Launch

HyImpulse

HyImpulse has announced that its SR75 rocket and its ground support equipment have begun the journey by ship through the Atlantic Ocean, around South Africa and to Southern Australia for its inaugural launch. Southern Launch's Koonibba test range is the final destination for the rocket, and the launch campaign will tentatively commence in mid-April at the Koonibba test range.

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mu Space and Airbus Partner on Thailand Smallsat Missions

MoU Sign Airbus

Airbus Defence and Space SAS ("Airbus") and mu Space and Advanced Technology Co, Ltd ("mu Space") have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on potential future Thailand small satellite missions. This MoU outlines the terms and conditions for their cooperation and the key principles that would govern their relationship for the establishment of the Project. Both parties consequently believe that their combined expertise can lead to successful collaboration in the field of advanced space technology.

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Connected Raises Pre-Seed to Develop Proprietary Technology

Connected

Connected, the Portuguese startup on a mission to make universal, standardized, sustainable and affordable NB-IoT connectivity from space a reality, has secured a €2M funding round. Shilling VC, Iberis Capital and FundBox co-led the funding round, with significant contributions from Amena Ventures, angel investor Keith Willey and Octopus Ventures, which leads one of the largest and most active investment funds in Europe.

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Intuitive Machines Successfully Lands on Lunar Surface

Intuitive Machines

Intuitive Machines has successfully soft-landed its IM-1 mission Nova-C class lunar lander (Odysseus) on the lunar South Pole after launching it a week ago from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The uncrewed lunar lander landed at 6:23 pm ET (23:23 UTC), making Intuitive Machines the first commercial outfit to soft-land on the moon. It also marks the US's first moon soft landing in 51 years. 

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Avanti Signs Strategic Collaboration Agreement With Telesat

Telesat

Avanti Communications has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Telesat to test and develop LEO services as part of its global strategy to deliver bespoke, multi-orbit solutions to customers at scale. Avanti consequently plans to incorporate Telesat’s Lightspeed™ services into its network to provide affordable, high-quality broadband connectivity worldwide. Telesat’s global network comprises 198 state-of-the-art LEO satellites that seamlessly integrate with on-ground networks.

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UKSA Opens Calls for Science and Technology Demonstrators

Axiom Space

The UK Space Agency has opened two new funding calls worth £15 million, one for science and another for technology demonstrators. The calls are in preparation for a tentative agreement to fly a team of four British astronauts on a commercially sponsored mission, potentially to the International Space Station (ISS). The announcement follows the Memorandum of Understanding the UKSA and Axiom Space signed in October 2023, which outlined the plans to pursue a commercially-sponsored UK astronaut mission and an initial request for ideas for science and technology.

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Aldoria and SES Partner on Satellite Conjunction Alert Service

Aldoria

Aldoria has announced a project agreement with SES on a conjunction alert service aimed at enhancing satellite safety. Beginning March 1, 2024, Aldoria will consequently commence a three-month Project Agreement with SES. Under this agreement, Aldoria will offer its conjunction alert service, which provides satellite operators with advanced tools to track their satellites, identify potential collision risks, and receive timely alerts through conjunction data messages (CDM).

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ISISPACE-led Consortium to Develop TANGO Satellites for ESA

TANGO satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) has given the green light for the realization of the Dutch TANGO satellites with ISISPACE as the prime contractor. TANGO (Twin Anthropogenic Greenhouse gas Observers) comprises two satellites flying in tandem. It will be a unique European measurement system that will determine methane, carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions for individual industrial plants. Furthermore, it measures greenhouse gas emissions at source level from power plants, coal mines, landfills and factories, among others

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4IG PLC Create Space Subsidiary and Acquire Stake in REMRED

Remred

Hungarian Group 4IG PLC has established 4iG Space and Technology Zrt as a subsidiary, transferring its space and technology interests into the new company to exploit global growth opportunities more effectively. As a result, 4iG Space and Technology Zrt will now be responsible for managing space and satellite manufacturing, autonomous aircraft development and manufacturing, drone defence, defence industry digitalisation services, and business strategy of the companies. 

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