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SSC Awards Three Contracts to Blue Origin, SpaceX and ULA

ULA / SSC

The U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC) has awarded National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 3 Lane 1 contracts to Blue Origin, SpaceX, and ULA. The base Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) award includes Firm Fixed Price (FFP) Task Orders to each awardee to conduct an initial capabilities assessment and provide explanations of how they will approach tailored mission assurance.

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Orbex Receives Funding for Green Propulsion Excellence Center

Space rocket manufacturer Orbex, with design and production facilities in Hvidovre, has received an investment of DKK 23.7 million (3.4 million USD) from Innovation Fund Denmark. The Company will consequently leverage the funding to establish a 'Green Propulsion Excellence Center' at the site in the Copenhagen suburb, where Orbex will design, produce and test green propulsion systems for Orbex's Prime rocket, which will send satellites into orbit around the Earth.

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NASA and Boeing Evaluate Starliner Upon Arriving the ISS

Starliner

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams since getting to the International Space Station (ISS) have been testing Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft. The testing is part of the data collection on the Starliner system for certification by NASA for regular crewed missions to the orbital complex. Along with teams on the ground, the astronauts are stepping through numerous flight objectives following Starliner's arrival.

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Rocket Lab to Get Funding Under CHIPS Act for Semiconductors

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has announced the signing of a non-binding preliminary memorandum of terms (PMT) with the Department of Commerce that would see Rocket Lab receive up to $23.9M in direct funding under the CHIPS and Science Act. The Company also plans to claim the Department of the Treasury’s Investment Tax Credit, which is potentially up to 25% of qualified capital expenditures.

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COSPAR Partners with LASP for COSPAR Center of Excellence

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) has announced its partnership with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, designating the LASP Small/CubeSat group as a "COSPAR Center of Excellence for Capacity Building in CubeSat Technologies". Part of COSPAR’s mission is to promote the exchange of scientific results at international level and encourage meaningful roles for young scientists in space research.

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Yahsat Contracts Airbus for Al Yah 4 and Al Yah 5 satellites

Yahsat Al Yah 1 satellite in orbit image. Credit Yahsat

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (Yahsat), the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider has announced that it has contracted Airbus Defence and Space, a leading satellite manufacturer, for its new geostationary telecommunications satellites, Al Yah 4 ("AY4") and Al Yah 5 ("AY5"). The new satellites will eventually replace Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2, which launched in 2011 and 2012, respectively, based on a previous version of the Airbus-built Eurostar platform

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ESA and Vast Sign MoU for Future Vast Space Stations

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Vast have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for future Vast space stations during the Berlin International Airshow (ILA), Germany. The agreement outlines the parties’ intention to foster human spaceflight, science, technology and commercialization development and explore collaboration in low Earth orbit destinations other than the International Space Station (ISS).The signed MoU also reflects ESA’s ambition for a smooth and efficient transition from the International Space Station towards sustained exploitation of human and robotic infrastructures in low Earth orbit after 2030, including through commercial services

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Revolv Space Announces Successful Funding Raise

Revolv Space

Revolv Space has raised an investment of 2.6 million euros to revolutionize small satellite capabilities through high-performance mechanisms and power systems. The investment round, which Primo Space Fund led, with participation from Takeoff, will significantly accelerate the company’s growth trajectory. It will also enable the upcoming In-Orbit Demonstration of Revolv Space’s flagship product, SARA, an autonomous and fail-safe Solar Array Drive Assembly that increases the performance of small satellites

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Iridium Win Contract with SSC’s Commercial Space Office

Iridium

Iridium Communications Inc. has won a new five-year contract with the United States Space Force’s Space Systems Command’s Commercial Space Office (COMSO) for Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services (EMSS) capabilities and security sustainment services (ECS3). In support of the Iridium EMSS program, the ECS3 contract will ensure continued optimal operations of the EMSS Service Center in support of critical U.S. government applications

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