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Exolaunch To Deliver UAE Space Agency’s Small Satellite Into Orbit On Soyuz-2

Berlin-based Exolaunch, a leading launch services and deployment system provider for small satellites, announced on 17 March 2020 that the launch of a 3U cubesat, MeznSat, for the UAE Space Agency will be performed aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket. The purpose of the satellite is to study and monitor the greenhouse …

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Guiana Space Center Suspends Launch Campaigns Due To COVID-19

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to fully implement the measures decided by the French government, launch campaigns underway at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana have been suspended, according to a statement posted by Arianaespace on 16 March 2020. These launch preparations will resume as …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Camden Large Solid Rocket Motor Development Facility Nears Completion

Aerojet Rocketdyne has installed a steel casting bell to support production of large solid rocket motors, marking an important milestone for completion of its Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) facility in Camden, Arkansas, US, the company announced on 12 March 2020. The vacuum chamber casting bell was relocated from Aerojet …

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ESA And The European Commission Preorder Four More Ariane 6 Launches

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that it has finalized its preorder for four more launches on Ariane 6, along with an initial payment. Using Ariane 62, the light version of the new European launcher, these missions will be carried out on behalf of the European Commission to continue the …

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Spaceflight Readies 28 Payloads For Inaugural Rideshare Launch On Arianespace’s Vega

Spaceflight Inc. announced on 9 March 2020 that it is providing mission management and rideshare integration services for four organizations on Arianespace’s first dedicated rideshare mission on its Vega launch vehicle. The proof of concept rideshare mission, VV16, will launch 53 microsatellites, nanosatellites and cubesats, including 28 payloads from Spaceflight …

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RUAG Space To Supply Payload Adapters And Separation Systems For The Soyuz Launchers

GK Launch Services, an operator of Soyuz-2 commercial launches and RUAG Space, a leading independent space product supplier, have signed a Long-term Purchase Agreement for Payload Adapters and Separation systems for the Soyuz-2 launchers RUAG Space will supply Payload Adapters and Separation systems for the Soyuz-2 family of launchers. The new purchase agreement …

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Rocket Lab’s Next Mission To Launch Satellites For NASA, NRO And The University Of New South Wales

Rocket Lab, a space technology company and the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, announced on 9 March 2020 that its next mission will deploy payloads for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra Space. …

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SpaceLogistics Selected by DARPA As Commercial Partner For Robotic Servicing Mission

SpaceLogistics LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as its commercial partner for the agency’s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program. The groundbreaking mission will feature the first-ever commercial robotic servicing spacecraft and aims to …

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Capella Space And Rocket Lab To Launch Mid-Inclination Satellite To Enable Improved Monitoring of Key Global Regions

Space technology company Rocket Lab has signed a deal to launch a dedicated mission for Capella Space, an aerospace and information services company providing Earth observation data on demand. Together, Capella Space and Rocket Lab will launch the first ever synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite that delivers commercial data into …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: James Ellinthorpe Of Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne develops and manufactures advanced propulsion and energetics systems for customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and other agencies and companies. During the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. in October 2019, SpaceWatch.Global’s Ksenia Synkova met with James Ellinthorpe, Business Development Manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne, to …

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