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ICEYE Introduces Satellite Radar Dwell Capability

ICEYE has announced a new imaging mode known as Dwell to enable its synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites to remain focused on a specific point on the ground for an extended collection time. This unique long-duration imaging mode allows ICEYE satellites to capture significantly more information about the imaging target, creating a powerful new capability for imagery users.

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Ax-2 Mission Launches Four Private Astronauts to the ISS

Axiom Space

Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) has successfully launched four private astronauts from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station (ISS). The Ax-2 crew is now in orbit following a 5:37 p.m. EDT liftoff. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is now anticipated to dock to the space-facing port of the ISS Harmony module. around 9:16 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, May 22.

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NASA Selects Blue Origin as Artemis Lunar Lander Provider

NASA has selected Blue Origin to develop a human landing system for the agency’s Artemis V mission to the Moon. Through Artemis, NASA will explore more of the Moon than ever before, uncovering more scientific discoveries and preparing for future astronaut missions to Mars.

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Rivada Space Networks partners with OKAPI:Orbits on Space Situational Awareness

Rivada Space Networks (RSN) and OKAPI:Orbits have extended their partnership, which will secure the responsible use of space-based technologies. As a result, OKAPI:Orbits is providing satellite mission-analysis tools, including analysis and implementation of Collision Avoidance and De-orbiting strategies. The agreement brings together Rivada Space Networks’ interconnected high-speed, Low Earth Orbit satellite network and OKAPI:Orbits’ Space Traffic Management Software-as-a-Service solution.

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Reflex Aerospace Prepares for First Commercial Mission

Reflex Aerospace is gearing up for its first commercial space mission, securing a fixed slot for the rocket launch of its demo satellite. The launch is set to take place in the fall of 2024 on a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX. The mission aims to validate new technologies in space for the first time. The demo satellite, which weighs around 120 kilograms, is currently under development and will be assembled in Munich. Furthermore, the local 'micro factory' for producing customer-specific satellites will tentatively open later this year.

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Beresheet 2 Lunar Mission Loses Chief Donors

SpaceIL has announced that several of the main donors to the Beresheet 2 mission have decided not to continue their investment in the project due to circumstances “that are unrelated to the organization and its partners," according to local sources. The donors had previously invested $45 million in the project that aims to land two modules on the moon.

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