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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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Intuitive Machines Launch Odysseus on Lunar Mission

Intuitive Machines has launched its IM-1 lunar mission from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The IM-1 mission Nova-C class lunar lander (Odysseus) has subsequently been deployed and has begun its journey to the lunar surface. If successful, the IM-1 lunar mission will be the first commercial soft landing attempt on the Moon. It would also mark the first American mission in 51 years to complete a soft touchdown on the Moon.

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LeoLabs and SWF Lead Joint Statement on Debris Remediation

LeoLabs has released a joint statement on debris remediation signed by representatives of commercial entities in collaboration with the Secure World Foundation (SWF). LeoLabs and SWF led this effort in response to the continual accumulation of massive derelict objects (e.g. spent rocket bodies, etc.) in low Earth orbit (LEO). As of January 2024, around 29% of the total mass in LEO consists of these massive objects, 43% of which were left in orbit since the turn of the century. These objects pose the greatest debris-generating potential in LEO, putting the satellites the global economy relies on at risk.

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Space Systems Command Launches Six satellites Aboard Falcon 9

The US Space Systems Command (SSC) and its mission partners have successfully launched the U.S. Space Force (USSF)-124 mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket today at 5:30 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.  Furthermore, the satellites for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Space Development Agency (SDA) were safely delivered to their intended orbit.

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The Space Café Podcast #100:  Paul Niel – Ditching Big Finance for adventure: Exploring Earth and Beyond

The Space Café Podcast #100:  Ditching Big Finance for adventure: Exploring Earth and Beyond with Paul Niel. Join Markus for a compelling episode of the Space Café Podcast, where he embarks on a journey through the remarkable adventures of Paul Niel. Niel, an explorer and adventurer, delves into his experiences from unearthing ancient relics to embarking on space analog missions. This episode is a testament to the human spirit of exploration, whether scaling the highest peaks or simulating life on Mars.

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Skylo Tech Secures Funding for Direct-to-Device Sat Connectivity

Skylo Technologies, a direct-to-device satellite connectivity service provider, has secured $37 million in a funding round co-led by Intel Capital and Innovation Endeavors. The round also enjoyed support from new investors, including BMW i Ventures, Next47, Samsung Catalyst Fund, and Seraphim Space. In addition, David Johnson of Intel Capital will be joining the board, bringing a wealth of experience and insight to fortify Skylo’s leadership team.

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