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NASA Awards SpaceX Launch Services Contract for Sentinel-6B

NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to provide launch services for the Sentinel-6B mission. Sentinel-6B will continue the long-term global sea level data record begun in 1992 by Topex/Poseidon, followed by Jason 1, 2, 3, and Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich. The mission is a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

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NASA Retires InSight Mars Lander Mission After Years of Science

NASA has announced the end of life of its InSight mission after more than four years of collecting unique science on Mars. NASA reached this conclusion after mission controllers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California could not contact the lander after two consecutive attempts. As a result, they concluded the spacecraft's solar-powered batteries had run out of energy – a state engineers refer to as "dead bus."

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OKAPI:Orbits to Pilot ESA potential Commercial Collision Avoidance Services

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected OKAPI:Orbits to assess the provision of potential future external conjunction assessment support services to ESA. The selection is under a pilot scheme testing and complementing ESA's existing and established collision avoidance processes. ESA currently uses the collision avoidance processes for its SWARM mission.

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Register Today for our Space Café “33 minutes with Michael Byers” on the 3rd of January 2023

On December 19, the Outer Space Institute published an International Open Letter on Reducing Risks from Uncontrolled Reentries of Rocket Bodies. The letter was signed by nearly 200 leading experts, including former astronauts, foreign ministers, heads of space agencies, a Nobel Prize winner, and a recently retired Chief Scientist of NASA.

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Outer Space Institute Publishes Open Letter on Uncontrolled Reentries

The Outer Space Institute (OSI) has published the International Open Letter on Reducing Risks from Uncontrolled Reentries of Rocket Bodies, the third international open letter that the OSI has developed and released. The Open Letter calls on governments to negotiate a multilateral agreement requiring controlled reentries and, in the meantime, demonstrate leadership by immediately and unilaterally committing to national controlled reentry regimes.

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Space Café Israel by Meidad Pariente: Dr. Reut Sorek Abramovich – Biotech and health issues – who is up for the challenge?

In the sixth episode of Space Café Israel, Meidad Pariente is in conversation with Dr. Reut Sorek Abramovich. Can you share something personal that isn’t written in your LinkedIn profile? So my special thing started when I was doing my PhD in Sydney, Australia, and I decided I needed to gain something that will help me mentally and psychologically. So I started doing belly dancing. And people don't know this but I was pretty good at it.

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Vice President Harris announces members of the National Space Council’s UAG

Vice President Kamala Harris, Chair of the National Space Council, announced the names of the selected individuals to serve on the Council’s Users Advisory Group (UAG) to help maintain a robust and responsible U.S. space enterprise and preserve space for current and future generations, The White House stated. The members are currently awaiting their official appointment by the NASA Administrator Bill Nelson

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The White House Unveils National ISAM Implementation Plan

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a National In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (ISAM) Implementation Plan. The plan is to advance the United States’ strategic vision as in the first-ever ISAM National Strategy, which outlines ways to build capabilities and technologies in space, consistent with the U.S. Space Priorities Framework. 

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VS03 Mission Scheduled for Lift Off

On 15 December 2022, ATSpace prepared a Kestrel I rocket for the VS02 mission from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex in South Australia. During the oxidizer filling process, the launch operators discovered a leak and subsequently halted launch preparations. After further investigation, they determined that it should postpone the launch.

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