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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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Salem Al Marri appointed new chief of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) appointed Salem Humaid Al Marri as the new Director-General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in Dubai, the agency said. Al Marri, 39, replaces Yousuf Al Shaibani, who served as the centre's Director-General since 2013. Al Marri was part of the team that set up the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology in 2006

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NASA selects companies to develop commercial space destinations

NASA announced having signed agreements with three U.S. companies to develop the designs of space stations and other destinations in space. The agreements are the first in a two-phase approach to a seamless transition of activity from the ISS to commercial destinations. During this first phase, which is to continue through 2025,

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Rocket Lab reveals design of its new Neutron vehicle

Rocket Lab revealed new details about their next generation, 8-ton payload class Neutron launch vehicle. The rocket will provide reliable and cost-effective launch services for satellite mega-constellations, deep space missions and human spaceflight, said Rocket Lab. Neutron is set to be the world’s first carbon composite large launch vehicle.

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NASA expands radar data program with Airbus

NASA has expanded its Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program (CSDAP) to include Airbus as the first radar data provider to NASA’s community of researchers and scientists, Airbus announced. The company will help advancing NASA’s science and application goals. Airbus will provide a comprehensive catalog of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation data products to the Agency.

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Starship engine puts SpaceX at ‘risk of bankruptcy’

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk described a critical situation in a companywide email, regarding the lack of progress in the development of the Raptor engine that is to power the Starship rocket, CNBC reports. “We face genuine risk of bankruptcy if we cannot achieve a Starship flight rate of at least once every two weeks next year,” Musk added.

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