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Space Missions

Spire Global partners with SpaceChain

Spire Global announced a new partnership with SpaceChain to launch a mission demonstrating the feasibility of blockchain technology computation in space. The cooperation aims to resolve land-based centralised infrastructure issues as well. SpaceChain is a global space-as-a-service solutions provider developing the world’s first decentralised satellite infrastructure (DSI).

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UK announces its National Space Strategy

The British Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Ministry of Defence, and the UK Space Agency announced the launch of a National Space Strategy. The plan is to make the UK a world class space nation by giving a boost to its space industry. Space is worth over £16 billion per year to the UK economy.

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NASA awards $600 million Orion contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne

NASA has awarded a contract the development of the Orion Main Engine (OME), which will be used on the Orion spacecraft as part of the Artemis program, to Aerojet Rocketdyne, the U.S. space agency and the company said. Aerojet Rocketdyne will deliver up to 20 OME engines for use on Artemis missions beginning with Artemis VII.

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RBC Signals and Spaceflight Inc. to collaborate during Sherpa OTV missions

RBC Signals and Spaceflight Inc. announced having signed a ground station services agreement to test Sherpa-LTE1. There have already been successful communication tests conducted between Spaceflight’s Sherpa-LTE1 orbital transfer vehicle (OTV) and RBC’s global ground station network.  

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SpaceX to launch Turksat 6A and Astranis satellite

The Turkish government announced launching its first domestically built communications satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch of Turksat 6A is scheduled for Q1 of 2023. The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure did not disclose further details of the contract. Turksat 6A is being built by the TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute.

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Equatorial Space and Innova Space join forces

Innova Space, the Argentinian satellite development and operations company will use Equatorial Space Systems as the launch service provider for its pico satellite constellation, Equatorial Space reported. The constellation will provide Internet of Things (IoT) services globally.

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