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Starlab Space Selects SpaceX’s Starship for Historic Launch

Starship

Starlab Space LLC (Starlab Space), the transatlantic joint venture between Voyager Space and Airbus, has selected SpaceX to launch the Starlab commercial space station into low-Earth orbit (LEO). Starship, SpaceX's fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond, will launch Starlab in a single mission prior to the decommissioning of the International Space Station.

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LizzieSat Ready to Launch Aboard Transporter-10 Mission

LizzieSat

Sidus Space, a multi-faceted Space and Data-as-a-Service company, has announced the successful completion of the launch processing of LizzieSat at the Astrotech Space Operations facility at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The Company has consequently turned over LizzieSat to SpaceX with the payload ready for launch on the Transporter-10 mission, which is tentatively no earlier than March 2024.

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SSC Selects Northrop Grumman’s Refueling Solution Interface

Space Systems Command (SSC) has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Passive Refueling Module (PRM) as its first preferred refueling solution interface standard for use across SSC satellites. Northrop Grumman is collaborating with SSC, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and other customers to develop in-space refueling technologies for the US's space-based assets. These advancements address a critical national security capability: sustained maneuverability for dynamic space operations.

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Pixxel Appoints William McCombe as New Chief Financial Officer

Pixxel

Pixxel has announced the appointment of William McCombe as its new Chief Financial Officer. In this role,  McCombe will oversee Pixxel's accounting, financial planning, capital raising, treasury, legal and regulatory functions, all supporting the Company's mission to revolutionize earth observation through cutting-edge hyperspectral satellite technology

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Airbus Purchases Eutelsat OneWeb’s Stake in AOAS joint venture

One Web

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. has announced the completion of a deal with Eutelsat OneWeb to purchase its 50% share of the Airbus OneWeb Satellites (AOS) joint venture. As a result, Airbus is now the sole owner of AOS and the satellite manufacturing facility in Merritt Island, Florida. Both parties expect the new structure to provide maximum efficiency and increased competitiveness for commercial, institutional and national security space customers.

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Hellas Sat and Thales Alenia Space Partner for Hellas Sat 5 satellite

Hellas Sat

Hellas Sat and Thales Alenia Space have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the development of an optical communication payload for the upcoming new mission to go on the future Hellas Sat 5 telecommunications satellite, operating in geostationary orbit at 39 degrees East.

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Space Nuggets – 04/2024 – Politics and Space make a dangerous cocktail 🇪🇺

This week, Dr Emma Gatti, our Editor in Chief, discussed with us the latest updates from the 16th European Space Conference in Brussels, Belgium, 23-24 January 2024. She spoke about : 1. The pressing issue of #launch vehicles in Europe, 2.⁠ ⁠⁠European Commission versus ESA, 3.⁠ ⁠⁠The highlights from the conference- specifically #militarisation of space

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ClearSpace and Orbit Fab Partner for In-Space Refueling Service

ClearSpace and Orbit Fab have announced a multi-faceted strategic partnership to advance in-space refuelling and servicing capabilities that aim to revolutionize space operations and serve as a foundation for a vibrant and sustainable space economy. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), Orbit Fab and ClearSpace will develop key enabling technologies, building on their initial collaborative work that began several years ago

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Axiom Space and Boryung Corporation Announce Joint Venture

Boryung Corporation and Axiom Space have announced the formation of a joint venture, BRAX Space Corporation,  to leverage the unique strengths of both companies to advance the commercialization of low-Earth orbit (LEO) and push the boundaries of space exploration. As a result, both parties will jointly explore business opportunities related to the future Axiom Station. Furthermore, the collaboration will focus on various businesses, including research and development, new initiatives in the space industry, and joint production efforts

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GITAI Autonomous Robotic Arm Set to Launch to the ISS

GITAI USA Inc. has announced that its 1.5-meter-long autonomous dual robotic arm system (S2) is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (NG-20) on January 29. Having passed the necessary NASA safety reviews, the S2 will conduct an external demonstration of in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing (ISAM) while onboard the ISS.

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