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MSC 2024 – Interview with Professor Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla of DLR

At the Munich Security Conference, Torsten Kriening talked with Professor Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla from German Aerospace Center (DLR). The German Aerospace Center (DLR) signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Food Program initiated by the United Nations. She highlighted the adaptability of space technology to applications on the Earth, such as the transfer of technology used for harsh environments and autonomous vehicles to deliver food across war-affected areas.

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MSC 2024 – Interview with Dr. Ernst Pfeiffer of HPS GmbH

Before the 60th Munich Security Conference, Publisher and CEO Torsten Kriening talked with Ernst K. Pfeiffer, CEO of HPS GmbH, about space #security and space debris. Ernst gives an update on the recent United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) SSA Workshop and the Space Debris Conference in Riyadh by the Saudi Space Agency.

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Space Café Radio Geopolitics – Japans SLIM Moon Landing – with Prof Kazuto Suzuki

In this Space Café Radio Geopolitics, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Prof Kazuto Suzuki about Japan's SLIM mission, which landed on the moon successfully. They discuss the purpose and challenges of the mission, as well as the geopolitical implications and future plans for Japan's involvement in lunar exploration.

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Astroscale Successfully Launches Debris Inspection Spacecraft

Astroscale

Astroscale Japan Inc., a subsidiary of Astroscale Holdings Inc., has successfully launched its commercial debris inspection demonstration satellite, Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J), from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand, on Sunday, February 18, at 2:52 pm UTC. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) selected ADRAS-J for Phase I of its Commercial Removal of Debris Demonstration program. Astroscale Japan is responsible for the design, manufacture, test, launch and operations of ADRAS-J.

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Uruguay Becomes Latest Signatory to the Artemis Accords

Uruguay joins Artemis Accords

Uruguay became the 36th country to sign the Artemis Accords during a ceremony at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters in Washington on Thursday. Omar Paganini, the Uruguayan foreign minister, signed the Artemis Accords on behalf of Uruguay, with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson signing on behalf of the United States. 

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EpiSci Selected by SDA for SBIR Phase II Award

SDA

EpiSci has announced an SBIR Phase II contract with the Space Development Agency (SDA) to advance the capabilities of low earth orbit (LEO) overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) sensors. This effort builds on EpiSci’s expertise in signal processing technology using state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) techniques to provide warfighters a competitive advantage.

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Space Nuggets – 07/2024 – The first commercial mission to land on the Moon?

Intuitive Machines is gearing up for a soft landing on the moon. This mission comes at a crucial stage after the Peregrine failure and Japan's SLIM mission. The risk and the pressure from a commercial point of view is very high, making this landing crucial for private players in the commercial space economy. Our Editor in Chief Dr Emma Gatti spoke about the interesting advances in lunar landing technology, highlighting the use of methane and liquid oxygen engine.

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D-Orbit to Build European Responsive Space Systems Architectures

D-Orbit

D-Orbit has been selected to join the Responsive European Architecture for Space (REACTS) project under the European Defence Fund (EDF) 2022. As part of this innovative collaboration, D-Orbit will focus on the use of orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) within responsive space systems. REACTS aims to enhance European defense capabilities through a robust, scalable network of Responsive Space Systems (RSS).

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Caltech and NASA to Launch UVEX to Survey Ultraviolet Light

NASA

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are conducting a new mission to survey ultraviolet light across the entire sky and consequently offer more insight into how galaxies and stars evolve. NASA will launch the UVEX (UltraViolet EXplorer) space telescope tentatively in 2030 as its next Astrophysics Medium-Class Explorer mission to facilitate the mission.

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ESS & Arnhem Space Centre Sign Launch Services MOU

ESS

Singapore’s rocket company, Equatorial Space Systems (ESS), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA). The MoU will consequently see ESS become a resident launcher at the Arnhem Space Centre in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory. The MoU covers upcoming suborbital launches onboard the Dorado sounding rocket family – carrying science experiments and technology demonstrator payloads – and extends towards orbital launch services for satellite clients onboard the company’s Volans launch vehicles. 

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