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NASA identifies possible lunar landing regions for Artemis III

NASA has identified 13 candidate landing regions, each containing multiple potential landing sites for the upcoming 6.5-day Artemis III mission, within six degrees of latitude of the lunar South Pole, the Agency said. Artemis III will be the first mission to land astronauts on the lunar surface, including the first woman to visit the Moon.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: What is Space Arbitration?

Until recently, only a few States were able to access outer space. Since then, however, driven by technological advances, in particular by reusable orbital-class rockets and the resulting reduction in launching costs, more and more private companies have been able to enter the ‘space race’, and we can witness today the emergence of a significant commercial space economy.

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Artemis 1 is to launch with several payloads at the end of the month

NASA has rolled out its Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft for the third time to the launch pad to launch the 42-day Artemis 1 mission by early next month. The Agency has started prelaunch preparations, including checking connections, servicing the solid rocket boosters, and program-specific engineering tests.

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Space Café Radio – Artemis I Episode III – with Nico Dettmann

In this Space Café Radio – SpaceWatch.Global Senior Editor and Space Café Italy Host Dr. Emma Gatti spoke with Nico Dettmann, Group Leader for Lunar Exploration Development Projects at the European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. In this episode, Nico discusses ESA's involvement in the Artemis program. Specifically, Nico discusses the Service Module, which he refers to as "the power-house" of the mission

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U.S. signs Framework Agreement with New Zealand to boost space sector

The United States and the New Zealand governments signed a Framework Agreement to provide new opportunities for the New Zealand space sector and closer collaboration with NASA, said Economic and Regional Development Minister, Stuart Nash. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Vice President Kamala Harris, welcomed the completion of negotiations on the agreement earlier in May.

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ESA announces Nordic Launch 2022 startup acceleration program

The European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centers (ESA BICs) in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Estonia launched a new startup acceleration program, Nordic Launch, to accelerate the maturation of startups, ESA said. The pre-incubation program will bring together startups and industry expertise such as specialized technical and commercial mentors.

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Space Café Radio – Artemis I Episode II – with Elkin Norena

SpaceWatch.Global Senior Editor and SpaceCafé Italy Host Dr. Emma Gatti spoke with Elkin Norena, SLS resident manager at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, about the SLS, the rocket that will take humanity back to the moon and to Mars. Elkin discusses the Artemis 1 mission and what the agency hopes to learn from this first launch of the SLS rocket.

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Russia successfully launches Iranian satellite

Khayyam, an Iranian satellite has been successfully launched into orbit aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan along with 16 smaller Russian satellites. The Russian-built Kanopus-V Earth-observation satellite is named after Omar Khayyam, a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet.

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SpaceLink enters into cooperative R&D agreement with U.S. Army

Space communications infrastructure company, SpaceLink, has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center (USASMDC-TC) in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, SpaceLink said. The organizations will explore alternative space communications pathways together to ensure resiliency and reduce sensor-to-shooter latency.

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