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Exolaunch to Deliver Kepler’s Next-Gen Satellites into Orbit

Kepler, a developer of next-generation satellite communications technologies, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, signed a launch agreement for two of Kepler’s 6U XL satellites. Under the contract, Exolaunch will provide launch, mission management, integration and deployment services to Kepler’s satellites on a Soyuz rideshare mission, targeted …

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Emirates Mars Mission Hope Probe completes ‘Perfect’ Trajectory Correction

The Emirates Mars Mission, EMM, the first interplanetary mission undertaken by an Arab nation,  announced the successful completion of TCM1 – its first trajectory correction maneuver and a major milestone for the mission, as the Mars Hope probe continues its 7-month journey to Mars. The maneuver marks the first firing of …

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Exolaunch to provide launch services for Rocket Factory Augsburg

Berlin-based rideshare solutions provider Exolaunch signed a wide-ranging MOU with Germany-based launch service provider, Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA), to provide end-to-end launch services for small satellites, with Exolaunch procuring launch capacities from RFA.  “Exolaunch and Rocket Factory share a common mission that places the customer at the center of every …

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Arianespace’s Ariane 5 orbits Galaxy 30, MEV-2, and BSAT-4b

Arianespace’s Flight VA253 began at the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch zone, with Ariane 5 deploying its three passengers during a sequence lasting 47 minutes from liftoff to final separation. It marked the 253rd launch of an Ariane-series vehicle to date, and the 109th using an Ariane 5. The mission used an Ariane 5 …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Europe’s Space Electric Propulsion Budget

by Manuel La Rosa Betancourt The recent decision of the EPIC Consortium to give priority to national agency programs for incremental technologies by cutting funding for much-needed disruptive technologies in half demands an open discussion on the budget for electric propulsion (EP) proposed by the Consortium. The budget redistributes 8 …

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The Rocket and Satellite Company announce first launch date

The Rocket & Satellite Company (TRSC), Pakistan’s first private Space Company, announced that they will put their first Space Launch Vehicle into orbit on the 14th August, 2025 from Pakistan. TRSC is a private Commercial Space Company, founded by Sami Ullah Khan in Karachi, Pakistan. It will provide advanced and …

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NASA’s TESS Completes Primary Mission

On July 4, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) finished its primary mission, imaging about 75% of the starry sky as part of a two-year-long survey. In capturing this giant mosaic, TESS has found 66 new exoplanets, or worlds beyond our solar system, as well as nearly 2,100 candidates astronomers …

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Ovzon expands reach and capacity through Intelsat agreement

  Ovzon and Intelsat have entered into a four-year agreement where Intelsat will provide service to Ovzon via three powerful steerable beams on the Intelsat 39 (IS-39) and Intelsat 37 (IS-37) satellites. The agreement replaces and expands the current agreement for capacity on IS-39. The agreement enhances Ovzon’s offerings with …

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Astrogate Labs is Momentus’ first Indian customer

Momentus , provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, and Astrogate Labs, a space technology startup from Bengaluru, developing optical communication terminals and a ground network for smallsats, announced a launch service agreement for a 3U satellite to Sun-synchronous orbit (SSO), to be launched in December 2021 on the second …

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Benchmark Space Systems signs with Tesseract Space for green in-space propulsion

Benchmark Space Systems, a leading provider of in-space propulsion systems for small satellites, announced a permanent licensing partnership to integrate Tesseract Space intellectual property, assets, and staff to elevate Benchmark’s major expansion in the development, deployment, and support of its exclusively non-toxic chemical propulsion solutions for global rideshare markets. Both …

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