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Scout Space Selected to Join DARPA’s BRIDGES Consortium

Scout Space Inc. has announced its selection to join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Bringing Classified Innovation to Defense and Government Systems (BRIDGES) Consortium. DARPA selected Scout Space based on the company’s proposal outlining its approach to collaborating on "Advancing Autonomous In-Space Threat Response for Space Superiority."

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Ariane 6 Maiden flight – live broadcast

The new European launcher, Ariane 6, is scheduled to take off for the first time on 9 July 2024. It is intended to ensure Europe's independent access to space, just as efficiently as its predecessor, Ariane 5, except at a lower cost and with greater flexibility for the next decade and beyond. The launch window is from 15:00-19:00 local time at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana (19:00–23:00 BST, 9 July 20:00–10 July 00:00 CEST). Ariane 6 is Europe’s newest heavy-lift rocket, designed to provide great power and flexibility at a lower cost than its predecessors.

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Max Space Appoints Kirsten Whittingham as President

Kirsten Whittingham. Credit: Max Space

Max Space founders Aaron Kemmer and Maxim de Jong have announced the appointment of Kirsten Whittingham as President of Max Space. Kirsten brings the company a history of accomplished leadership in spaceflight, aerospace, and defense in commercial, military and government sectors. Within her purview, Kirsten will lead Max Spacebusiness development as it enters these markets.

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Türkiye Launches First Home-Made Communications Satellite

Türkiye has launched its first communication satellite TURKSAT-6A on SpaceX's Falcon 9 from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. ASELSAN, Türkiye’s leading defence company developed the satellite, equipping it with Ku-Band and X-Band communication payloads. The key development consequently places Türkiye within a new league of countries capable of producing their communication satellites.

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KSAT Opens Tokyo Office to Expand into Asian Market


KSAT has announced the establishment of an office in Tokyo, to expand its presence in Japan and Asia, demonstrating the Company's strong commitment to the growing Asian space industry. As a result, KSAT expects its permanent presence to enhance relationships and support satellite operators in the region. Kenneth Olafsson, Head of KSAT Asia Pacific and representative Director for KSAT Japan, will head the new Tokyo office.

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ESA Council Facilitates Diverse European Launch Services

Europe's spaceport

The European Space Agency (ESA) Council has adopted a resolution setting the way for the ESA-developed Vega launcher to be commercialised by its prime contractor, Avio. The Resolution follows from an earlier resolution that the ESA Council adopted in Seville on 6 November 2023, calling upon the ESA Member States and the Director General to initiate a review of the legal framework governing the exploitation of ESA-developed launchers with the objective that Avio could become the operator and launch service provider of Vega as soon as possible

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Azercosmos Signs MoU with Chinese Company


Azercosmos has announced signing a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese technology company The signing ceremony took place at Azercosmos' headquarters during the visit of the's company delegation to Azerbaijan. Within the framework of the meeting, Azercosmos invited the company to the COP29 event to be held in Baku in November

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ICEYE and Ukraine Partner on Remote Sensing for Security

ICEYE and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to further strengthen their cooperation in remote sensing of the Earth in the interest of Ukraine's national security and defense. ICEYE's small radar imaging satellites can form high-resolution images of areas of the Earth in daylight, at night, and through cloud cover. The Memorandum of Cooperation builds on ICEYE's support for the Government of Ukraine since 2022

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Canada joins Horizon Europe, Strengthening Global Relations


Canada has joined the EU's research and innovation program, Horizon Europe, and will work jointly on large-scale projects tackling Europe's biggest challenges. Iliana Ivanova, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, and Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, signed the agreement. Meanwhile, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the conclusion of negotiations for Canada's association with Pillar II of Horizon Europe at the EU-Canada Summit on 24 November 2023. 

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BIUST and EnduroSat Collaborate on Botswana’s First Satellite

EnduroSat / BIUST

The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) and EnduroSat are building together the Botswana's first satellite, BOTSAT-1. The satellite, which will launch on SpaceX’s Transporter-13 mission no earlier than February 2025, will directly benefit Botswana's agriculture and mining industries. BOTSAT-1 will leverage its onboard hyperspectral camera payload to provide key intelligence on the contents of grounds and soils to empower decision-makers with information for long-term planning and investments.

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