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ICT Spring - 2022

Satellite

Rocket Lab successfully catches booster returning from space with helicopter

Rocket Lab has successfully deployed 34 satellites to orbit during its “There And Back Again” mission, which also included a mid-air capture of the Electron booster with a helicopter for the first time. This was the company’s 26th Electron mission. Rocket Lab has deployed a total of 146 satellites to orbit with the launch vehicle so far.

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Boeing Starliner’s second test flight scheduled for May

The second uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program launching Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket is targeted for 19th May, Boeing said. During OFT-2, the company will test Starliner's and Atlas V’s capabilities from launch to docking and re-rentry operations.

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China to build communications and navigation constellation around the Moon

China is planning to set up a lunar communication and navigation satellite constellation around the Moon to aid future operations on the lunar surface, CNSA said. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced that China will take the lead in demonstrating a lunar relay satellite system.

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Minerva mission begins aboard ISS as Crew-4 arrives

Crew Dragon Freedom has successfully docked to the ISS, carrying ESA astronaut and mission specialist Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts  Kjell Lindgren (commander), Robert Hines (pilot) and Jessica Watkins (mission specialist). The crew has begun a six-month-long science mission as part of Expedition 67 and later Expedition 68.

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Space Cafe WebTalk 33 minutes with Rodrigo Da Costa – In the rapidly evolving New Space ecosystem users expect performant and secure services – Recap

Our Space Cafe WebTalk “33 minutes with Rodrigo Da Costa - In the rapidly evolving New Space ecosystem users expect performant and secure services. And that’s where EUSPA comes into play” took place on Tuesday, 26th April. Our guest was Rodrigo Da Costa who took up his duties as Executive Director of newly formed the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA)

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Space4Impact launches fourth week of free online New Space Economy course

Space4Impact, EPFL’s Space Center eSpace, E2MC Ventures, and Space Innovation joined forces to launch an online course on the New Space Economy. The program is available on edX as a free EPFLx course. Learners can watch more than 30 video lectures by space experts from various domains within startups, academia, the private sector, and public institutions in Switzerland.

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All-private Axiom-1 mission returned from ISS

Axiom-1, the first all-private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS), successfully returned to Earth. American commander and former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, pilot Larry Connor, Israeli mission specialist Eytan Stibbe, and Canadian mission specialist Mark Pathy landed off the coast of Florida yesterday.

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