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Ball Aerospace Successfully Commissions Small Satellite, Begins On-Orbit Testing of Green Fuel

Ball Aerospace commissions small satellite for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission, begins on-orbit testing of propellant.

Ball Aerospace has officially commissioned NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) and begun on-orbit testing of a non-toxic, high-performance propellant. GPIM launched on June 25, 2019 at 2:30 a.m. EDT on board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. “We are excited for the opportunity to advance in-space propulsion for the entire …

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Equatorial Space Industries joins ANSYS Startup Program

Volans launch vehicle, courtesy ESI

Singapore’s rocket tech startup, Equatorial Space Industries has joined the ANSYS Startup Program which offers industry-leading simulation tools to eligible startups. Access to ANSYS simulation tools will support ESI’s efforts in becoming Southeast Asia’s first commercial space launch startup. ESI plans to leverage ANSYS mechanical and fluid dynamics simulation capabilities …

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#SpaceWatchGL Themes: Interview Annalisa Donati of ESPI

The so-called New Space trend is developing, creating new opportunities and new challenges for all actors of the space sector. Understanding what is happening and (potential) implications is essential for sound decision-making. Yet, European stakeholders significantly rely on foreign evaluations and data, in particular to monitor private investment and assess …

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French-Swiss Space Cooperation Meeting Spotlights Innovation, Launch, And Space Exploration

In the presence of Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the 26th French-Swiss academic, scientific and technological cooperation forum took place on the campus of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1 July 2019. Space cooperation between France and Switzerland was on the agenda …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Australian Space Agency 1 Year On: A Message From Head, Dr. Megan Clark, AC

By Dr. Megan Clark, AC Very few things inspire quite like space, and this has been exemplified during the first year of the Australian Space Agency. We are incredibly grateful for the support from researchers, industry and the wider Australian community. In the last year, Australians have engaged with media …

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European Space Agency To Support Portuguese Space Launch Programme

Portugal is developing the infrastructure for a national spaceport on one of the islands of the Azores archipelago, Santa Maria, a European launch and landing location for small satellites. As an ESA Member State, Portugal has requested ESA’s tailored expertise and technical assistance in an agreement signed on 21 June …

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UAE’s Falcon Eye-1 Reconnaissance Satellite Set For Launch From French Guiana on 6 July 2019

The United Arab Emirates will launch the Falcon Eye-1 satellite into orbit on Saturday, 6 July 2019, at the French Guiana Space Centre at 05:53 UAE time (01:53:03 GMT). Falcon Eye-1 will be the fourth Earth observation satellite launched by the UAE, and the first reconnaissance satellite, bringing the total …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches ‘Make It Rain’ Mission From New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula at 04:30 UTC, Saturday 29 June 2019 (16:30 NZST). The Make It Rain mission launched seven satellites to orbit for rideshare and mission management provider, Spaceflight. At approximately 56 minutes after lift-off, …

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Germany’s DLR Leads Five European Companies To Take On SpaceX In Reusable Launch With RETALT Programme

Five European Companies and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have teamed up to tackle the shortcoming of know-how in reusable rockets in Europe, which start upright and land upright after a successful mission. For that, they commonly decided to investigate and develop key technologies to land rockets backwards. What is state-of-the-art …

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SpinLaunch Secures First Contract for Revolutionary New Space Launch Services

Illustration depicting SpinLaunch orbital vehicle inside the electric kinetic launcher (Photo: Business Wire)

Jonathan Yaney, founder and CEO of SpinLaunch, has announced that the company has been awarded a responsive launch prototype contract from the Department of Defense (DOD), facilitated by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). SpinLaunch is developing a kinetic energy-based launch system that will provide the world’s lowest-cost orbital launch services …

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