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UK spaceflight program launches public consultation effort

The first ever launch into space from British soil is one step closer, as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced a public consultation on the regulations for the UK’s spaceflight program. The regulations to support Space Industry Act 2018 will enable a range of commercial spaceflight and associated activities to take place …

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ispace reveals final design for HAKUTO-R Lunar Lander

Lunar services company ispace, revealed the final design of its lunar lander that will be used in the first mission of the company’s HAKUTO-R program, a multinational commercial lunar exploration program. HAKUTO-R’s ‘Mission 1’ also reached the final hardware design phase, known as the Critical Design Review (CDR). The HAKUTO-R …

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Latvia becomes ESA Associate Member State

The Association Agreement between ESA and the Government of the Republic of Latvia enters into force for a duration of seven years. Comprising 18 Articles and two Annexes, it orchestrates the strengthening of Latvia’s relations with ESA. Following its approval by ESA Council, meeting at ESOC in Darmstadt on 24 June, …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Salem Al Marri on the UAE Space Program

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, UAE and Head of the UAE Astronaut Program talked about the ambitions and the diversity of the UAE National Space Program. He highlighted the current projects, such …

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T-Minus Engineering’s DART Rocket to fly Southern Launch’s DEWC Payload

Acting as launch service provider for DEWC Systems, Southern Launch selected the T-Minus Engineering DART rocket to launch DEWC’s prototype payload on a parabolic trajectory into space, at the Koonibba Rocket Test Range later this year. “This exciting launch was triggered by a simple chat in early 2019 about the possibility …

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Thomas Pesquet first ESA astronaut to ride a Dragon to space

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet has officially been assigned to the second operational flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, launching in spring 2021 from Cape Canaveral, USA, to the International Space Station.  Thomas’ second mission to the International Space Station will be called Alpha. This is after Alpha Centauri, the closest …

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Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceshipTwo cabin interior

Virgin Galactic Holdings, a vertically-integrated aerospace and space travel company, revealed the cabin interior of its SpaceshipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity, in a virtual event streamed live on YouTube. Aspiring astronauts and space enthusiasts around the world, now have the opportunity to explore the Virgin Galactic cabin design and spaceflight experience through …

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NeutronStar Systems and Krisol intend to disrupt space propulsion industry

NeutronStar Systems and Krisol signed a cooperation agreement to foster innovative space technology development to address the future of space operations. At a time when the European funding powers appear to be attempting to curb investment in emerging high-power space technologies, this accord comes as a breath of fresh air. …

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#SpaceWatch Column: Exorcising the ghost of Apollo?

by Dr Bleddyn Bowen The US National Space Council published a document on 23rd July 2020 titled ‘‘A New Era for Space Exploration and Development’. This is a particularly interesting document, as it is not legally binding, does not make a clear policy statement, nor is one of the periodical …

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