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ICT Spring - 2022

Space Missions

Rocket Lab selected by Ball Aerospace to Power NASA GLIDE mission

Ball Aerospace selected launch and space systems company, Rocket Lab, to manufacture the Solar Array Panel (SAP) to power NASA’s Global Lyman-Alpha Imager of Dynamic Exosphere (GLIDE) mission spacecraft planned to launch in 2025, Rocket Lab announced. The heliophysics mission will study variability in Earth’s atmosphere.

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EU Council adopts conclusions on Copernicus and space traffic management

EU ministers responsible for space adopted conclusions on the ‘Copernicus by 2035’ and on the ‘EU approach to space traffic management’ programmes, The EU Council reported. The two sets of conclusions provide political guidance and strengthen the EU’s common position on space traffic management.

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NASA selects two further instruments to investigate the Moon under Artemis

NASA has selected two science instrument suites during the second selection through the agency’s Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) call for proposals, to explore the Moon under the Artemis program. The Lunar Vulkan Imaging and Spectroscopy Explorer (Lunar-VISE) and the Lunar Explorer Instrument for space biology Applications (LEIA)

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France signs Artemis Accords

The president of the French Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) space agency, Philippe Baptiste, signed the Artemis Accords on behalf of the country, affirming its commitment to sustainable space exploration by following a common set of principles.  France agreed to promote the beneficial use of space for all of humanity prior to celebrating CNES’ 60th anniversary.

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LiveEO awarded €1.7m by EU Commission

LiveEO is one of the 74 successful companies from 18 countries selected for the European Commission’s European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator and will receive a grant of €1.7m to further develop its offering. LiveEO applied with its project, EOinTime, focusing on time series analysis and near real time monitoring based on satellite data, the company said.

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Elon Musk says Starlink is not going public for another 3 or 4 years

According to Elon Musk, Starlink is not likely to go public until at least 2025, CNBC reported. Musk had previously targeted an offering this year but these plans were pushed back by the SpaceX CEO. SpaceX's global Starlink network delivers high-speed internet through its constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit.

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SpaceX and US Air Force veteran Lee Rosen joins Skyrora

Scottish space launch startup, Skyrora has appointed Lee Rosen, Colonel, US Air Force veteran, ex-VP of Mission and Launch Operations, and Customer Operations and Integration at SpaceX, as new Chief Operations Officer. Rosen participated in over 150 missions at SpaceX, and therefore has extensive operational expertise to offer Skyrora.

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ELA and NASA to conduct Australia’s first commercial launch

Equatorial Launch Australia (ELA) the developer, owner and operator of the Arnhem Space Centre (ASC) on the Gove Peninsula in Australia’s Northern Territory will be making Australia’s first commercial space launch on 26th June with its client, NASA, ELA said. The launch vehicle is a BBIX rocket that will carry an atmospheric

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Isar Aerospace and Exotrail partner on space mission simulation software ExoOPS

Launch service provider Isar Aerospace joined the ExoOPSTM Mission Design program, end-to-end space mobility operator, Exotrail’s Software-as-a-Service solution dedicated to space mission simulation and analysis, Exotrail said. Isar Aerospace will utilize ExoOPSTM to support the mission management team with a quick and easy preliminary mission design.

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