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ESA and Arianespace Establish Flight VV15 Inquiry Commission

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace have decided to appoint an independent inquiry commission to analyse the reasons for the Flight VV15 failure and define measures needed to ensure the resumption of Vega flights while fulfilling all requisite safety and security conditions. This inquiry commission is co-chaired by the …

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Vega Launch Vehicle Experiences Major Launch Anomaly, Loses UAE Spacecraft

The Vega rocket delivering the Falcon Eye 1 earth observation satellite to space for the UAE, has suffered what has been described as a “major anomaly”, resulting in the loss of both the rocket and the satellite. Approximately two minutes after the Vega launcher’s liftoff from the Spaceport in French …

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Exolaunch Successfully Completes Payload Integration of 28 Small Satellites

Exolaunch has completed a successful payload integration for a Soyuz launch from the Vostochny launch site. In total, Exolaunch has contracted and integrated for launch 28 commercial and educational satellites from Germany, France, the USA, Israel, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Thailand, Ecuador, the Czech Republic and Estonia. The complete …

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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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