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OQ takes lead in European 5G nanosat mission

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Hard- and software: OQ Technology, a satellite start-up from Luxembourg, was contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to contribute hard- and software to the nanosat mission MACSAT. OQ Technology said it signed a 2 million Euro contract with the ESA in the frame of …

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NASA to launch its Jupiter Europa Clipper not on SLS

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Shift to commercial: the U.S. space agency NASA decided to launch its Europa Clipper spacecraft to the Jupiter moon not on its own, government-funded Space Launch System (SLS) but on a commercial vehicle, the project team told the press and the public at a NASA …

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European orbiters support NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Countdown on the Red Planet: the landing of NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance will be supported by ESA, the European Space Agency said. NASA’s Mars rover is due to land on 18 February. In order to communicate with the Earth, the rover will use existing spacecraft …

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Turkey wants to go to the Moon in 2023 and 2028

Paris, 11 February 2021. – Turkey wants to go to the Moon in 2023. “The national space program will carry our country to an upper league in the global space race,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said according to a report of the Anadolu news agency. Erdogan presented a program that …

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Rocket Lab brings its 100th satellite into space

Paris, 10 February 2021. – They Go Up So Fast, that’s how it’s called: Rocket Lab’s next mission in mid-March will bring the total number of satellites launched by Electron to 104, the launch provider said. Its mission will deploy a range of satellites for commercial and government operators and …

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NASA contracts SpaceX to launch first lunar outpost elements

Paris, 10 February 2021. – The U.S. space agency NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for two foundational elements of its lunar outpost Gateway, NASA announced. SpaceX will launch the agency’s Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO). PPE and HALO are targeted to launch …

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Three missions to reach Mars, fourth one planned for 2026

Paris, 9 February 2021. – Who’s first: Three Mars missions, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), China and the U.S., are to reach the Red Planet in the next days. The UAE’s Hope orbiter is set to arrive today, followed by China’s Tianwen-1 mission and NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance next …

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JAXA and ESA cooperate on Hera and MMX missions

Paris, 8 February 2021. – Two agencies, two missions: The European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan’s space agency JAXA continue their cooperation in Earth observation, space science and exploration and put a new focus on two missions: Hera and MMX. Hera is an international asteroid and planetary defence mission which …

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