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Exolaunch to Deliver SALSAT into Orbit for Berlin university

Berlin, 8 September 2020. – The Technische Universität Berlin, a leading German university specializing in space engineering, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, have reached a launch agreement for the SALSAT nanosatellite. Under the agreement, Exolaunch is providing launch, mission management, and integration services for the Technische …

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UAE’s planned city on Mars gets help from university on radiation research

Abu Dhabi, 7 September, 2020. – A new research finding on radiation will support the UAE’s ambitious project to build the first human settlement on Mars by 2117, a scientist told Emirates News Agency, WAM. “Radiation is one of the biggest roadblocks in planning long-term space missions, especially the project …

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CSIS think tank reports on key governance issues in space

Washington, DC, 7 September 2020. – The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, presented last week a comprehensive report on key governance issues in space. The research report conducted by CSIS’ Aerospace Security Project focused on space sustainability and debris mitigation, rendezvous and proximity operations, and …

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China’s secretive reusable spacecraft back to landing site

Jiuquan, China, 6 September 2020. – China’s reusable experimental spacecraft returned to the scheduled landing site in northwest China on Sunday after a two-day in-orbit operation, the official Chinese Xinhua news agency reported 6 September. The spacecraft was launched with a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch …

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Russian satellite maker develops lunar navigation system with at least 24 satellites

Moscow, 1 September 2020. – The Russian satellite maker Information Satellite Systems (ISS) JSC develops two dozens of lunar mission satellites, the news agency TASS reports. ISS JSC already works on the functionality and composition of an upcoming Moon navigation system, which would include at least 24 spacecraft and which …

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Made In Space Europe and Momentus to develop robotic spaceflight mission for 2022

Luxembourg, 1 September, 2020. – Made In Space Europe (MIS EU), a subsidiary of Redwire, and Momentus, provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, have recently finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a cooperative robotic spaceflight mission planned for 2022, the companies said. The agreement covers “mission development …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Moon missions: exciting times coming

by Joshua Carlson It is an exciting time for space enthusiasts, particularly those who aim for economic development of the Moon. The Moon is awash in new flights, plans, and missions over the next decade – and very likely, far beyond that. A recent graphic by the ESA captures the …

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NASA conducts SLS booster test for future Artemis missions

As NASA begins assembling the boosters for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will power the first Artemis mission to the Moon, teams in Utah are evaluating materials and processes to improve rocket boosters for use on missions after Artemis III. NASA completed a full-scale booster test for NASA’s Space …

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Arianespace’s Vega first European mission to launch multiple small satellites

Arianespace has realised the first European “rideshare” mission for small satellites, with 53 satellites onboard the Vega launcher for 21 customers. With this new SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service) shared launch concept, Arianespace demonstrates its ability to respond – in an innovative and competitive manner – to institutional and commercial requirements …

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