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Orion Spacecraft For Artemis I Mission Successfully Completes Major Testing

The Orion spacecraft for NASA’s Artemis I mission has successfully completed several months of simulated space environment system level testing in the NASA-owned thermal vacuum chamber at Plum Brook Station in Ohio, according to a 16 March 2020 announcement by Airbus. The tests were conducted in two phases; a 47-day …

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CNES And AASO Join Forces – Africa Enters The ActInSpace Fold

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Sekou Ouedraogo, President of the African Aeronautics & Space Organisation (AASO), signed a partnership agreement to develop ,the ActInSpace international hackathon in Africa. The fourth edition of ActInSpace will be held in April this year and Burkina-Faso, Ghana and Nigeria …

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CNES Gives Go-Ahead For CNES-ISRO Trishna And Space Inspire SATCOMs

The Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) Board of Directors convened for its 362nd session on 12 March 2020. During this meeting, they gave the go-ahead to engage France in the development of the French-Indian Trishna programme and to pursue activities for the new Space Inspire series of flexible satellites, as …

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#SpaceWatchGL Quick Takes: First Recorded ‘Marsquakes’ Reveal The Red Planet’s Rumbling Guts

NASA/JPL?Cornell Katarina Miljkovic, Curtin University We’ve all heard of earthquakes, but what about marsquakes? NASA’s InSight mission has, for the first time, recorded seismic activity coming from Mars’ interior. The observations, recorded in 2019 and published today, will help understand the red planet’s internal structure, composition and dynamics. It opens …

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Caltech & JPL Launch Hybrid High Rate Quantum Communication Systems

Caltech and JPL have been successful partners in space exploration since the mid-1930s. In their tradition of intermixing in unique ways fundamental science, technology and engineering they develop a collaborative multi-disciplinary cross-agency research program to advance and accelerate scalable hybrid quantum networking and communications technologies. To support the increasing data …

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Axiom Space Plans First-Ever Fully Private Human Spaceflight Mission To The International Space Station

Axiom Space announced on 5 March 2020 that it is planning history’s first fully private human spaceflight mission to the International Space Station. Axiom has signed a contract with SpaceX for a Crew Dragon flight which will transport a commander professionally trained by Axiom alongside three private astronauts to and …

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Space Video Company Sen Awards Multimillion-Euro Contract To NanoAvionics

Sen, a British space company establishing video streaming media to provide real-time and timely Ultra-High Definition (UHD) video of Earth, has contracted NanoAvionics to build the first five nano-satellites of its constellation. Sen has already demonstrated its technology of streaming ultra-high definition (UHD) video from space. It is now focused …

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