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Italian Air Force To Use Virgin Galactic For Suborbital Research Flight

Virgin Galactic has announced a new contract with the Italian Air Force for a research flight on the company’s SpaceShipTwo system during which Italian researchers will actively conduct experiments while they are in space. The contract marks the first time a government department has funded a human-tended research flight on …

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Astroscale And The University Of Southampton To Cooperate On Space Debris Removal Business Case

Astroscale, the market-leader in developing a service to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, has announced that it will collaborate with the University of Southampton on a project to investigate collision risks between satellites, highlighting the necessity for financial incentives for satellite operators to engage with active debris …

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Emirati Astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori Returns Safely To Earth After Historic Mission

Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, along with astronauts Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin, returned to Earth safely, after completing his eight-day scientific mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The hatch closing of the Soyuz MS-12 took place at 8:20 am UAE time. The spacecraft undocked from the …

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Inmarsat signs agreement to start commercial flight trials of Iris air traffic modernisation programme

Inmarsat has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for phase two of the ground-breaking Iris air traffic modernisation programme, which will include important flight trials across Europe to assess the service in a real operational environment. Iris is being developed to deliver powerful benefits to European aviation …

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SCISYS develops European database for the identification and avoidance of space debris hazards

DLR Space Management has commissioned the Bochum space experts at SCISYS Deutschland GmbH to implement a central database for data and information as part of the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking Project (EUSST). The accumulation of debris in space is a problem that is increasingly occupying the United Nations as …

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Astrobotic Commends Senate NASA Funding Bill’s Strong Resources For Lunar Science, Exploration

Astrobotic commends the Senate Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee for providing strong funding for NASA’s Lunar Discovery and Exploration initiative in its FY2020 bill. Under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and full Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Vice Chairman Patrick …

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ST Engineering Completes Acquisition of Newtec Group NV

ST Engineering has announced that further to its announcement made on 27 March 2019, its subsidiary Singapore Technologies Engineering (Europe) Ltd has today completed the acquisition of a 100% ownership in Newtec following the fulfilment of completion conditions, including the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. This Newtec acquisition, together with …

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U.S. Department of Defense Awards Iridium 5-Year Gateway Evolution Contract Worth Up to $76 Million

Iridium has been awarded a 5-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency on behalf of the United States Air Force Space Command (AFSpC) with potential revenues up to $76 million.  Known as the Gateway Evolution Contract (GEC), this contract enables ongoing innovation and critical enhancements for …

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