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NASA Awards Northrop Grumman Artemis Contract For Gateway Crew Cabin

NASA has finalized the contract for the initial crew module of the agency’s Gateway lunar orbiting outpost. Orbital Science Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Space, has been awarded $187 million to design the habitation and logistics outpost (HALO) for the Gateway, which is part …

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Serbia And China Sign Space Technology Cooperation Agreement

Serbia and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on space technology cooperation on 5 June 2020. The MoU includes a provision for the joint development of a Sino-Serbian satellite. The MoU was signed for China by Zhang Kejian, director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), and Nenad Popovic, …

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ArianeGroup’s 3D-Printed Combustion Chamber Successfully Tested

The completely 3D-printed combustion chamber, designed by ArianeGroup in Germany, was successfully fire tested 14 times between 26 May and 2 June, 2020 on the P8 test bench of the DLR German Aerospace Center’s Lampoldshausen testing facility. These tests were conducted jointly by ArianeGroup and DLR and follow on from …

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Telefónica Puts Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO Satellite To The Test

Telesat, a leading global satellite operator, and Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS), the international wholesale services provider of the Telefónica Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, have completed live in-orbit testing across a wide range of applications on Telesat’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Phase 1 satellite. With a …

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Oman Solicits Requirement Bids For Communications Satellite

The Sultanate of Oman’s Space Communication Technologies LLC (SCT) issued on 3 June 2020 an invitation for consultancy bids to help the company determine the requirements for Oman’s first communications satellite. SCT is mandated by the government of the Sultanate of Oman to oversee the all of the necessary work …

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Momentus And OrbAstro Announce Service Agreement For 3U In-Orbit Demonstration

Momentus, provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, and OrbAstro, a UK company focused on developing the technology to enable tiny satellites to operate in large flocks, announced on 4 June 2020 a launch contract to fly a 3U to SSO onboard the SpaceX Dedicated rideshare mission in 2021. This …

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Lunapolitics: US, Russia, Japan, Canada, and European Space Agency To Hold Lunar Talks On 9 June

By John B. Sheldon The heads of the space agencies from the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and the European Space Agency (ESA) are scheduled to meet on 9 June 2020 via video conference in order to discuss cooperation on lunar exploration and the International Space Station (ISS). The meeting …

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Globalstar Launches New ST100 Satellite Transmitter

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc., and a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies,  has introduced the ST100, an innovative, embeddable, one-way satellite transmitter ready for rapid product development and manufacturing in the global marketplace. The ST100 is lightweight, low-power consuming and …

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SpaceWatchGL Opinion: COPUOS at a Crossroad – Challenges And Achievements From The Past Guide Us To The Future

By Ken Hodgkins The COVID 19 pandemic has ripped apart all sectors of the world’s societal fabric and rendered economies to a state of paralysis. Multilateral space diplomacy has not been immune to this chaos. This year for the first time the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the …

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