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Isar Aerospace selected to fly satellites from Guiana Space Centre

The French Space Agency, CNES (Centre National d’Études Spatiales), selected private European launch service provider, Isar Aerospace, to operate its rockets at the Diamant site of CSG (Centre Spatial Guyanais) in French Guiana, Isar said. The company has signed a binding term sheet for conducting commercial and institutional launch operations at CSG starting from 2024.

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Australia selects Airbus to fast-track space technologies

Australia selected Airbus as the strategic partner for Defence’s Resilient Multi-mission Space STaR Shot, a strategic research program established to develop future space capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Australia’s Defence said. Satellite developer and integrator, Airbus Defence and Space, was chosen by a panel of experts from Defence and the Australian Space Agency.

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The Space Café Podcast #059 – Guenther Hasinger, the James Webb Space Telescope and surprising confessions of an ESA director

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present: The Space Café Podcast #059 - Günther Hasinger, the James Webb Space Telescope and surprising confessions of an ESA director. Even seasoned ESA directors have emotions when it comes to groundbreaking moments like the launch and commissioning of the James Webb Space Telescope.

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First Australian rocket manufacturer granted launch permits

The Australian Government has granted approvals to launch two suborbital “Kestrel I” rockets from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex by rocket manufacturer ATSpace, and spaceport provider, Southern Launch, the companies announced. Missions VS02 and VS03 will send the experimental Kestrel I rockets to sub-orbital trajectories to test the rocket design.

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Prestwick Spaceport to accelerate launch hub plans

Prestwick Spaceport’s representatives are to meet with stakeholders at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA 2022) this week to accelerate plans to become Europe’s premier space launch location, the company said. The spaceport has already secured more funding than any other UK spaceport, for example US $96 million from the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

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NASA signs seat barter agreement with Roscosmos

After Dimirty Rogozin had been removed as head of Roscosmos, NASA announced it signed an agreement with Roscosmos to exchange seats on spacecraft traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) from September. NASA says that “integrated crews,” with Russian cosmonauts on Crew Dragon spacecraft and American astronauts on Soyuz spacecraft, are essential to safe ISS operations.

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Space Café Israel by Meidad Pariente: Tal Inbar – From start-up nation to space-up nation?

In the first episode of Space Café Israel, Meidad Pariente is in conversation with Tal Inbar, a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge, a member of the History Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics; Board member of D-Mars, Israel's Mars simulations centre. He is also a national mentor for "Horizon", the Israel Space Agency community of space educators.

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