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Airbus Awarded Vigil Space Weather Spacecraft Mission

ESA

The European Space Agency has selected Airbus to design and build the space weather forecasting satellite Vigil, the first operational mission in ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Space Safety Program (S2P). The spacecraft will give vital extra warning to Earth about incoming solar storms and coronal mass ejections which can potentially disrupt satellites in orbit and electronic and power distribution systems on Earth.

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ESA and Twelve Countries Sign the Zero Debris Charter

ESA

Twelve nations have signed the Zero Debris Charter at the ESA/EU Space Council, solidifying their commitment to the long-term sustainability of human activities in Earth orbit. In addition to the 12 countries, the European Space Agency also signed the Zero Debris Charter as an International Organization (IGO). The Zero Debris Charter is an effort to become debris-neutral in space by 2030 that was unveiled at the ESA Space Summit in Seville meeting in November 2023.

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NASA OTPS Study Provides New Look at Orbital Debris

NASA

NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) has released a report providing NASA leadership with new insight into how to measure the risks that orbital debris presents. The report, Cost and Benefit Analysis of Mitigating, Tracking, and Remediating Orbital Debris, is Phase 2 of OTPS’ work to address the technical and economic uncertainties associated with orbital debris. The report indicates that NASA could have more cost-effective methods for dealing with the growing issue of orbital debris. 

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Marble Imaging and Reflex Aerospace to Deploy EO Satellite Network

Marble Imaging

Marble Imaging has announced its partnership with Reflex Aerospace to develop the first of up to 200 advanced satellites, towards revolutionizing the Earth Observation industry. The Satellite fleet aims to address the urgent need for Earth Observation capabilities, strengthening sustainability by supplying real-time insights through very-high-resolution (VHR) imagery, Furthermore, Marble Imaging aims to be the leading European EO company capturing images of the entire planet every day in very-high-resolution (VHR). 

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Source Energy Solar Arrays Power Impulse Space’s OTV

Source Energy, a supplier of space solar arrays, has emerged from stealth mode and revealed the orbital success of the primary solar arrays it supplied for commercial partner Impulse Space. The Company aims to provide the industry with an assured supply of solar panels, deployable solar arrays, and space-hardened photovoltaic (PV) modules at a dramatically lower cost, and higher reliability than what is currently available. 

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FAA to Conduct EIS for Starship Launches from KSC

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States has disclosed its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of issuing a commercial launch Vehicle Operator License to SpaceX for the Starship-Super Heavy launch vehicle at Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida.

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GEOINT 2024 – Interview with Jasmin Inbar, ASTERRA

At the first day of the GEOINT 2024, Torsten Kriening had the opportunity to talk with Jasmin Inbar, VP of Earth Observation and Head of Corporate Development at Asterra to talk about the unique capabilities the company has to offer. ASTERRA provides a number of industries with intelligence and insights from beneath the surface of their largest installations.

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Virgin Galactic Announce Launch Window for ‘Galactic 07’

Galactic 07 Launch Date

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. has announced the 'Galactic 07' flight window will open on Saturday, June 8, 2024. This will be the Company’s second spaceflight this year and twelfth to date. The Company will once again convert its spaceship into a suborbital science lab, with VSS Unity carrying an Axiom Space affiliated researcher astronaut who will conduct multiple human-tended experiments.

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