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Space Missions

NanoAvionics takes first ever 4K resolution full satellite selfie in space

Smallsat bus manufacturer NanoAvionics, took the first ever 4K resolution full satellite selfie in space with an immersive view of Earth with the help of an off-the-shelf consumer camera mounted on a selfie stick, the company said. A GoPro Hero 7 took 12-megapixel photos and 4K video clips of the MP42 microsatellite 550 km above the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef.

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ICEYE expands business to offer complete satellite missions

Earth observation company ICEYE, announced the establishment of a new line of business focused on delivering fully operational satellite missions to customers looking to get their own orbital SAR capabilities. Governments and multinational corporations are able to purchase their own SAR (synthetic aperture radar) satellites from the company.

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Space Café WebTalk 33 minutes with Dr Deganit Paikowsky – Evolution of the concept of a Space Club by the space powers Recap

Our Space Cafe WebTalk “33 minutes with Dr Deganit Paikowsky - Evolution of the concept of a Space Club by the space powers” took place on Tuesday, 21st June. Dr Deganit Paikowsky is experienced in the interface and interrelations between world politics and technological domains, specializing in space, cyber- and emerging technologies. She combines academic research with hands-on experience.

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Virgin Orbit establishes new Brazilian subsidiary and receives operator’s license

Virgin Orbit’s newly formed and wholly owned Brazilian subsidiary, Virgin Orbit Brasil, has been formally granted an operator’s license to allow LauncherOne launch operations in Brazil, said Virgin Orbit alongside the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB). The license allows for LauncherOne deployments from the Alcântara Launch Center as early as 2023.

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ESA awards Airbus FORUM Earth monitoring satellite contract

Airbus has been awarded a €160 million contract for ESA’s FORUM satellite to help improve the accuracy of climate forecasts by measuring the heat emitted from Earth into space, Airbus said. The Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM) mission will comprise the first satellite to observe Earth in the far-infrared range.

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NASA successfully launches CAPSTONE mission

NASA’s Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) CubeSat, designed to test a unique lunar orbit, successfully launched on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. The spacecraft acts as a pathfinder for Gateway, NASA’s lunar space station supporting the Artemis program.

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NASA grants awards to three companies for nuclear power on the Moon

NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have selected three design concept proposals for a fission surface power system design to advance space nuclear technologies, NASA said. The design could launch by the end of the decade for a lunar demonstration. The contracts are valued at approximately US $5 million each and will fund the development of initial design concepts.

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