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US-India Second iCET Meeting Explores Space Collaborations

The United States and India have held its second meeting of the U.S.-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) with U.S. National Security Advisor (APNSA) Jake Sullivan and Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval chairing the meeting in New Delhi. Since the launch of iCET in January 2023, the United States and India have made significant strides toward deepening and expanding strategic cooperation across key technology sectors including space.

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Vast and The Exploration Company Partner for Cargo Services

Vast and The Exploration Company

Vast and The Exploration Company have signed a cargo services agreement for a 2028 mission to Vast’s second Haven space station. The agreement commences collaboration between Vast and European industry partners to commercialize low-Earth orbit. In this case, The Exploration Company’s modular and reusable orbital space vehicle 'Nyx' is targeting a cargo mission to Vast’s second Haven space station, in 2028.

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Voyager 1 Returning Science Data From All Four Instruments

Members of the Voyager flight team

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has returned to conducting normal science operations for the first time following a technical issue that arose in November 2023. The team at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) partially resolved the issue in April when they prompted the spacecraft to begin returning engineering data, which includes information about the health and status of the spacecraft

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Armenia Becomes 43rd SIgnatory to the Artemis Accords

NASA and Armenia

Armenia has become the newest signatory to the Artemis Accords, signing the instrument during a ceremony with the U.S. State Department at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Armenia consequently joins 42 other countries in a commitment to advancing principles for the safe, transparent, and responsible exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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SOMA Package on Space Biology is Now Publicly Available

SOMA

The Space Omics and Medical Atlas (SOMA) package of manuscripts, data, protocols, and code has been publicly released. The package represents the largest-ever compendium of data for aerospace medicine and space biology with more than 100 institutions from over 25 countries working together for a coordinated 2024 release of molecular, cellular, physiological, phenotypic, and spaceflight data. 

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NASA and Boeing Evaluate Starliner Upon Arriving the ISS

Starliner

NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams since getting to the International Space Station (ISS) have been testing Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft. The testing is part of the data collection on the Starliner system for certification by NASA for regular crewed missions to the orbital complex. Along with teams on the ground, the astronauts are stepping through numerous flight objectives following Starliner's arrival.

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Starship Successfully Launches and Makes Controlled Reentry

Starship gliding

SpaceX has successfully launched its Starship rocket on its fourth flight test, clearing all previous milestones with both the Super Heavy booster and the Starship second stage making a soft splashdown. The booster’s flight ended with a landing burn and soft splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico seven minutes and 24 seconds into the flight. Meanwhile, Starship ignited its three-center Raptor engines to execute the first flip maneuver and landing burn for the first time, before soft splashing in the Indian Ocean one hour and six minutes after launch.

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Airbus Awarded Vigil Space Weather Spacecraft Mission

ESA

The European Space Agency has selected Airbus to design and build the space weather forecasting satellite Vigil, the first operational mission in ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Space Safety Program (S2P). The spacecraft will give vital extra warning to Earth about incoming solar storms and coronal mass ejections which can potentially disrupt satellites in orbit and electronic and power distribution systems on Earth.

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NASA OTPS Study Provides New Look at Orbital Debris

NASA

NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) has released a report providing NASA leadership with new insight into how to measure the risks that orbital debris presents. The report, Cost and Benefit Analysis of Mitigating, Tracking, and Remediating Orbital Debris, is Phase 2 of OTPS’ work to address the technical and economic uncertainties associated with orbital debris. The report indicates that NASA could have more cost-effective methods for dealing with the growing issue of orbital debris. 

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