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SES taps Thales Alenia Space for final two C-band replacement satellites

Satellite fleet operator SES has selected Thales Alenia Space to build two C-band satellites, making the Franco-Italian manufacturer the first European company to win one of nine replacement satellite orders placed this year as a result of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming C-band spectrum auction. 

SES orders four more O3b mPower satellites from Boeing

Boeing will build four additional O3b mPower satellites for SES under an order announced Aug. 7 to expand the constellation to 11 satellites in medium Earth orbit. 

Maxar backs away from Telesat LEO competition

Maxar Technologies no longer expects, at least initially, to win any manufacturing contracts for Telesat’s future broadband megaconstellation of 300 satellites. 

Exploration News

Russia wants to return to Venus, build reusable rocket

The head of Russia’s space agency said Friday that Roscosmos wants to return to Venus and bring back soil samples and build spacecraft that will surpass Elon Musk’s rockets. 

Launchers News

SpaceX Starship prototype finally flies

After months of delays and testing setbacks, a prototype of SpaceX’s Starship next-generation reusable launch vehicle made a brief “hop” flight Aug. 4 at the company’s South Texas test site.

Pentagon picks SpaceX and ULA to remain its primary launch providers

The Pentagon has selected SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to conduct potentially dozens of national security launches between fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2027

With Pentagon award, SpaceX joins the establishment

Six years ago, SpaceX was the upstart launch company seeking to break United Launch Alliance’s monopoly on national security space launches. Now,

it’s part of the establishment.

SpaceX launches Starlink and BlackSky satellites

A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the latest set of the company’s Starlink satellites, along with two BlackSky imaging satellites, Aug. 7 after weeks of delays.

California seeks to expand commercial space launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base

The state will look at the required infrastructure, human capital development and financing necessary to support a commercial spaceport at Vandenberg.

 NewSpace  News

ExoTerra quadruples production capacity to meet government, commercial demand

ExoTerra Resources, a Colorado firm focused on propulsion and in-situ resource utilization, is preparing to quadruple production capacity to meet government and commercial demand.

 Space Safety News

Science & Technology News

Mecano ID wins French government funding for small satellite deployer

The French government awarded more than one million euros ($1.17 million) to Tououse-based Mecano ID to accelerate development of a small satellite deployer.

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