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RFA and DLR Sign Contract for Helix Engine Test Site

Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced at Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen that RFA will build and operate its own test stand at the DLR site in Lampoldshausen, Germany. There, RFA will test its Helix engine starting in mid-2023 to bring the European Union's first staged-combustion engine to serial production maturity.

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Spire Global Unveils Next-Generation 16U Satellite Bus

Spire Global, Inc., a leading global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services, has revealed a next-generation 16U satellite bus design at Space Tech Expo Europe. The satellite bus is tailored for customers with missions that require larger payloads and more power, volume, and data capabilities than a conventional 16U, such as Earth observation and space domain awareness missions

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Exobotics Wins GenMat Deal to Construct Prospecting Satellite

Exobotics, the UK satellite firm, has won a multi-million-pound customer contract from advanced materials specialist Quantum Generative Materials (GenMat) to construct a high-precision, remote-sensing prospecting satellite. Exobotics will design, manufacture, and test a CubeSat satellite platform with a hyperspectral imaging payload to allow GenMat to canvas the natural environment anywhere on the planet

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Expleo Reaches Milestone for NewSpace Satellite Launches

Expleo, a global engineering, technology, and consulting service company, announced that it has completed the assembly, integration, and test of payloads for two nanosatellite projects. As a result, the payload subsystems are qualified, validated, and ready for integration into their respective satellite systems, marking a significant step towards the realization of the two missions and their anticipated launches in early 2023.

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GomSpace, HEMERIA and CS Group signs MoU

GomSpace has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with HEMERIA and CS Group to create a partnership framework to demonstrate the potential of joining forces to develop solutions building on the expertise of each party. HEMERIA is a French Small Sat company that designs, builds and supplies cutting-edge space systems, while CS Group designs, develops, deploys, maintains and operates critical systems for Aeronautics, Transports, Space and Defense.

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African Countries Uganda and Zimbabwe Launch First Satellites

Uganda and Zimbabwe have launched their respective first satellites, on November 7 2022, onto the International Space Station for subsequent deployment into orbit at a later date. The satellites, PearlAfricaSat-1 and ZimSat-1, were launched at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Northrop Grumman (NG-18 Cygnus) commercial cargo resupply services to the ISS).

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OneWeb to complete constellation and become service ready in 2023

OneWeb CEO Sunil Bharti Mittal has announced that it will become ready for service in the second half of 2023 as it will complete the launch of its constellations by March 2023. Sunil made this announcement at the ongoing Connecting the World from the Skies forum, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Saudi Arabia Communications, Space & Technology Commission (CST). 

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Four Italian EO Companies Jointly Establish OSIRIDE

D-Orbit spa, Exprivia spa, Planetek Italia srl, and Serco Italia spa have established OSIRIDE (Operational Solutions for IRIDE) to generate ideas by fostering the emergence of startups and innovative approaches for the development of the Iride satellite constellation. OSIRIDE will also extend benefits to a broad ecosystem of SMEs and startups in all Italian regions, thus ensuring innovation and further boosting the growth of aerospace districts.

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