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Australia selects Airbus to fast-track space technologies

Australia selected Airbus as the strategic partner for Defence’s Resilient Multi-mission Space STaR Shot, a strategic research program established to develop future space capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Australia’s Defence said. Satellite developer and integrator, Airbus Defence and Space, was chosen by a panel of experts from Defence and the Australian Space Agency.

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The Space Café Podcast #059 – Guenther Hasinger, the James Webb Space Telescope and surprising confessions of an ESA director

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present: The Space Café Podcast #059 - Günther Hasinger, the James Webb Space Telescope and surprising confessions of an ESA director. Even seasoned ESA directors have emotions when it comes to groundbreaking moments like the launch and commissioning of the James Webb Space Telescope.

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First Australian rocket manufacturer granted launch permits

The Australian Government has granted approvals to launch two suborbital “Kestrel I” rockets from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex by rocket manufacturer ATSpace, and spaceport provider, Southern Launch, the companies announced. Missions VS02 and VS03 will send the experimental Kestrel I rockets to sub-orbital trajectories to test the rocket design.

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Prestwick Spaceport to accelerate launch hub plans

Prestwick Spaceport’s representatives are to meet with stakeholders at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA 2022) this week to accelerate plans to become Europe’s premier space launch location, the company said. The spaceport has already secured more funding than any other UK spaceport, for example US $96 million from the Ayrshire Growth Deal.

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NASA signs seat barter agreement with Roscosmos

After Dimirty Rogozin had been removed as head of Roscosmos, NASA announced it signed an agreement with Roscosmos to exchange seats on spacecraft traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) from September. NASA says that “integrated crews,” with Russian cosmonauts on Crew Dragon spacecraft and American astronauts on Soyuz spacecraft, are essential to safe ISS operations.

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Space Café Radio – on tour in Lausanne – with Tim Flohrer

In this Space Café Radio - SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Tim Flohrer, Head of Space Debris Office at the European Space Agency, at the LEO Kinetic Space Safety Workshop in Lausanne about threats and risks in Low Earth Orbit and how to move forward to a sustainable future in space.

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