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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ambassador Misztal and Professor Freeland on UNCOPUOS Working Group on Space Resources

In September 2021 the UN COPUOS Legal Subcommittee announced the creation of a working group on Space Resources. SpaceWatch.Global contributor Antonino Salmeri had the chance to talk with Ambassador Andrzej  Misztal and Professor Steven Freeland about this working group. 

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Mars rover Perseverance collected first rock sample

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has collected the first sample of Martian rock, a core from Jezero Crater slightly thicker than a pencil, NASA reported. The core is currently awaiting retrieval in an airtight titanium sample tube with serial number 266. The rover had failed to collect samples on its first try just last month.

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Arianespace tops 1000 with number of launched satellites

Arianespace has launched more than 1000 satellites since its foundation with Flight ST35 on Soyuz for OneWeb, the company said. The launch for OneWeb placed another 34 OneWeb satellites into orbit; Arianespace has now deployed a total of 322 satellites for the global connectivity constellation, it said.

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NASA selects five US firms for lunar lander studies

NASA announced it will grant US $146 million to five US companies to conduct studies for future lunar lander concepts. This will enable a “steady pace of crewed trips to the lunar surface under the Artemis program,” NASA said. The five companies and their awards are Blue Origin: US $25.6M, Dynetics: US $40.8M, Lockheed Martin: US $35.2M, Northrop Grumman: US $34.8M and SpaceX: US $9.4M.

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BAE Systems acquires In-Space Missions

BAE Systems acquired In-Space Missions to make it a fully-owned subsidiary, In-Space announced. In-Space, founded in 2015, designs, builds and operates bespoke space missions for customers. The company specialises in space services for earth observation, navigation, satellite communications, and space exploration.

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Space startups launch YEESS to make their case in Europe

Six European space start-ups founded the Young European Enterprises Syndicate (YEESS) to “facilitate and accelerate the New Space dynamic in Europe”, the companies said yesterday at the launch of YESS on the Space Forum in Luxembourg. The founding members of YEESS are Aerospacelab, Anywaves, ConstellR, Exotrail, Pangea Aerospace and Satlantis.

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JAXA and ESA spacewalkers carry out system upgrades on ISS

Astronauts Akihiko Hoshide of JAXA and Thomas Pesquet of ESA conducted the first spacewalk by two international partner astronauts without a NASA astronaut on Sunday, 8:15 a.m. ET, NASA reported. The event happened just three days after the Russian spacewalk. This was Hoshide’s fourth and Pasquet’s sixth extravehicular activity (EVA) and the 12th spacewalk of the year.

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SpaceX launches all-civilian crew into three-day Earth orbit

SpaceX is launching four civilians into space on Wednesday, 8:00 pm ET from launch pad 39A, at NASA's Kennedy Center, Reuters reports. The three-day mission marks the first time to enter Earth orbit with exclusively private citizens. The news comes after billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos both conducted few-minute space flights during the summer.

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