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Astrolight successfully demonstrates space-to-ground laser communication link

Wireless laser communication systems developer, Astrolight, successfully performed a satellite-to-ground laser communication test using a portable OGS-1 optical ground station, the company said. Working with the European Space Agency (ESA), Astrolight established the laser communication link near ESA’s Izaña-1 (IZN-1) ground station, located at Teide Observatory.

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Space Café Radio – Artemis I Episode II – with Elkin Norena

SpaceWatch.Global Senior Editor and SpaceCafé Italy Host Dr. Emma Gatti spoke with Elkin Norena, SLS resident manager at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, about the SLS, the rocket that will take humanity back to the moon and to Mars. Elkin discusses the Artemis 1 mission and what the agency hopes to learn from this first launch of the SLS rocket.

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Two South Australian manufacturers awarded AU $1 million grant to enter space

Two South Australian companies, engineering and fabrication company Ferretti International, and family-owned manufacturing company Hydroil, will start manufacturing for the space industry after winning the contract to build and supply a mobile launch rail for Australian spaceport and space mission provider Southern Launch, the company said.

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Northrop Grumman and Firefly Aerospace to develop Antares upgrade

Northrop Grumman and end-to-end space transportation company Firefly Aerospace, are collaborating to provide an American-built first-stage upgrade for the Antares rocket as well as a new medium launch vehicle to serve commercial, civil and national security space launch markets, Northrop Grumman said. 

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SpaceLink enters into cooperative R&D agreement with U.S. Army

Space communications infrastructure company, SpaceLink, has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center (USASMDC-TC) in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, SpaceLink said. The organizations will explore alternative space communications pathways together to ensure resiliency and reduce sensor-to-shooter latency.

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Antarctica Capital acquires Descartes Labs

International private equity firm, Antarctica Capital (Antarctica), acquired a controlling interest in geospatial intelligence company, Descartes Labs, providing solutions for commercial and government clients. Antarctica's portfolio comprises companies such as New Space, Data Analytics and Digital Infrastructure.

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