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Thales Alenia Space to Join DESP Development

Thales Alenia Space will partner with Serco, the leader of the consortium that the European Space Agency (ESA) awarded to implement the DestinE Core Service Platform (DESP), a key element of the European Commission’s flagship initiative Destination Earth (DestinE). The objective of DestinE is to develop highly accurate digital models of the Earth to monitor and predict the interaction between natural phenomena and human activities, anticipate extreme events, and adapt policies to climate-related challenges.

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The Space Café Podcast #82: Anousheh Ansari – Space Entrepreneur, XPRIZE, and the Future of Exponential Technologies

In this episode, join Anousheh Ansari, a space entrepreneur and the first Iranian, self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station, as she discusses her journey in the space industry, the future of exponential technologies, and her involvement in the XPRIZE.

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Arianespace to Launch Kompsat-6 Satellite for KARI


Arianespace has announced the signature of a launch contract for the Earth observation satellite Kompsat-6 (KOrean Multi-Purpose SATellite-6) for the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). The launch company will subsequently deliver the satellite to orbit with the European light launcher Vega C from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana in December 2024.

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Astroscale Contracts Share My Space for Space Risk Identification.

Share My Space has signed a new contract with Astroscale to optimally enable Astroscale to assess space objects’ attitude in LEO, a requirement for any on-orbit rendezvous. Attitude analysis of space objects is a critical factor in ensuring environmental safety, mitigating the risk of catastrophic collisions in space, and preventing further polluting fragmentation. To that effect, Astroscale has called upon Share My Space’s value-added services in orbital object attitude analysis. 

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Space Café Radio – Room with a view – with Dr Sandra Haeuplik-Meusburger

In this  Space Café Radio - SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Dr.-Ing. Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger  from TU Wien, Institute for Architecture and Design during the opening of the exhibition Room with a View in the Science Corner at the Technical Museum in Vienna in March 2023.

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Astrobotic and Westinghouse Partner to Power Outer Space

Westinghouse Electric Company and Astrobotic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore collaboration on space technology programs for NASA and the Department of Defense. The collaboration will consequently focus on developing space nuclear technology and delivery systems. The joint effort will also include strengthening the space nuclear supply chain and workforce in the Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia regions.

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Europe’s Lunar Ambition Receives Widespread Support


A bold ambition for Europe in space exploration has received enthusiastic support from politicians, business leaders, and independent experts from across Europe at an event held today in Vienna. Delegates discussed the immense international, economic, and societal importance of space exploration for Europe – and how to establish the way forward.

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RFA Completes Full Duration Upper Stage Fire

Launch service provider Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA) has successfully hot-fired its upper stage for a full duration of 280 seconds. This marks the successful completion of the Integrated System Test (IST) campaign, in which the Company integrated a staged combustion Helix engine into an upper-stage tank system and hot fired several times prior to completing the full duration in the final test. 

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