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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Private space stations are coming. Will they be better than their predecessors?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Alice Gorman, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Private space stations are coming. Will they be better than their predecessors?”, originally published 5 December 2021 at The Conversation.

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ESA and GomSpace implement Scout-1 climate mission

The space system startup GomSpace and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a contract for the ESA SCOUT Earth Observation mission to be launched in 2024. The contract value is € 24 million, GomSpace said. The mission will consist of three 12U cubesats and will become the first “climate mission” of its kind, GomSpace said.

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Rocket Lab to launch three Electrons for Synspective

Rocket Lab announced it has signed a deal with Japanese Earth imaging company Synspective to carry out three Electron launches. The missions are dedicated to Synspective which means that the StriX satellites will be the only payload, giving the company control over launch schedule. Last year, Rocket Lab launched ‘The Owl’s Night Begins’ mission

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Airbus to build ESA’s Ariel exoplanet satellite

The European Space Agency (ESA) has asked Airbus to build its Ariel exoplanet satellite that is due for launch in 2029, ESA said. Ariel stands for Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey and is the third in a trio of dedicated exoplanet missions conceived by ESA; it will follow Cheops, which launched in 2019, and Plato, scheduled for launch in 2026.

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Fleet Space Technologies to establish satellite Hyper Factory

Fleet Space Technologies announced they will establish a satellite Hyper Factory in the new Australian Space Park in Adelaide, to develop a constellation of 3D printed small satellites. The South Australian Government will invest AUS $20M into the project.   The Hyper Factory, established in the Space Park, will be Australia’s first dedicated space manufacturing hub.

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Space Café Canada by Dr. Jessica West Recap: Anti-satellite weapon testing and the crisis of space debris

During the fourth Space Café Canada event, host Jessica West of Project Ploughshares sat down with astronomer Aaron Boley and legal expert Michael Byers, Co-Directors of the Outer Space Institute at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Aaron Boley holds the Canada Research Chair in Planetary Astronomy at UBC. His research explores a wide range of topics,

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Atlas V rocket launch delayed due to fuel leak

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket is scheduled to launch the U.S. military Space Test Program-3 (STP-3) mission later today after a two-day delay, ULA announced. The launch scheduled for Sunday had to be postponed after discovering a leak in the ground system storing rocket propellant.

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No longer New… but „all about Fast Space now“, Euroconsult says

Euroconsult expects 17,000 satellites to be launched in the next ten years. The fourfold increase over the past decade reflects structural changes in the space ecosystem and a limited short-term impact of the pandemic. “New Space is no longer the driving force in the industry. It's all about Fast Space now,” Euroconsult concludes.

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NASA awards contract for mega Moon rocket boosters

NASA announced they have awarded the Booster Production and Operations Contract to build boosters for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket to Northrop Grumman. The $3.19 billion contract will support nine SLS flights, through to Artemis 9 in 2031, NASA said.  Northrop Grumman produced the boosters for the first three, and is currently working on the motors for the fourth Artemis mission.

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