Swiss component maker RUAG International is shedding its military businesses to focus solely on space, transforming into a subsystems provider to be called ‘beyond gravity.’ Under the new plan, RUAG International will completely withdraw from military-related businesses, while optimizing its aerostructure operations for its space assets. The shift marks a significant change for a company that has supplied European space missions with computers, insulation and mechanisms for more than 40 years.
The End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration (ELSA-d) mission has been licenced by the UK Space Agency this week.
Space transportation technologies are intrinsically complex, some needing long development cycles of up to a decade. For this reason, ESA is seeking early insights into long-term trends and potential evolutions in all application domains taking into account the needs of future programmes currently under preparation. For this purpose, ESA has signed, within its New European Space Transportation Solutions (NESTS) initiative, study contracts each worth €500 000, with ArianeGroup, Avio
With the need for satellite data to be received more frequently for faster weather forecasting updates in the Arctic, ESA has signed a contract with OHB Sweden to a build prototype satellite for the Arctic Weather Satellite mission. This prototype is the forerunner of a potential constellation of satellites that would supply an almost constant stream of temperature and humidity data from every location on Earth
here are many paths to the Moon, and not all of them go through the Lunar Gateway. This week, the heads of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed an agreement to cooperate on a Lunar research station of their own. According to a statement released by the CNSA, … Continue reading “China and Russia Will Be Partners in a Lunar Research Station” The post China and Russia Will Be Partners in a Lunar Research Station appeared first on Universe Today.
A Falcon 9 launched another set of Starlink satellites March 14, with the rocket’s first stage setting a record with its ninth launch and landing.
SLS Green Run Re-Do Planned on March 18
NASA has set next Thursday as the date for the second Green Run test of the Space Launch System core stage. NASA said Wednesday it will perform a static-fire test of the stage at the Stennis Space Center March 18, wrapping up a test campaign that started more than a year ago
The second flight of China’s new medium-lift Long March 7A rocket successfully placed an experimental satellite into orbit Thursday, following a failed launch of the same configuration last year caused by a problem in a booster liquid oxygen system.
Avio spokesperson Francesco Delorenzo told SpaceNews that Vega was cleared for the upcoming Vega VV18 mission during a March 3 flight readiness review.
Radar satellite startup Umbra plans to capture imagery with a resolution as high as 15 centimeters per pixel thanks to a Federal Communications Commission license.
Earth observation company Satellogic is looking to expand its presence in the United States and compete in the government market.
Ukrainian startup Kurs Orbital is building an in-orbit servicing vehicle using space docking technology developed decades ago by the former Soviet Union.
NASA has signed an agreement with Blue Origin to use that company’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle for flights that will simulate the reduced gravity on the surface of the moon.
Space Safety News
The software error was traced to what an agency statement called an “enhancement” recently uploaded to the spacecraft. That enhancement was intended to compensate for fluctuations from one of the telescope’s gyroscopes, but a glitch in the software caused a broader problem with Hubble’s main computer, triggering the safe mode early March 7 suspending normal operations of the nearly 31-year-old space telescope.
MEV-2 has a similar design to MEV-1, but the two missions have distinct differences. While Intelsat-901 was no longer functioning as it languished in a graveyard orbit, Intelsat-10-02 has been active in geosynchronous orbit since 2004 and is carrying communications traffic. MEV-2 is also not moving its satellite to a different orbit like MEV-1 did; instead it will act as a new engine and fuel tank to extend the spacecraft’s life. Demand for GEO life extension missions will grow to 75 satellites by 2030, representing a $3.2 billion cumulative market opportunity.
The air leak from the intermediate chamber of the Russian Zvezda module of the International Space Station (ISS) is still unresolved, despite two cracks being sealed off
Three space industry groups are asking the Commerce Department to commit to continued support and funding for the Office of Space Commerce.
Science & Technology News
An alternative to general relativity predicts wormhole travel is possible, but only if you’re teeny-tiny. The post Wormholes Could Allow Travel Across the Universe, as Long as Your Spacecraft is Microscopic appeared first on Universe Today.
A new look at warp drive fuels hope that it might be possible after all. The post Alcubierre Gives us an Update on his Ideas About Warp Drives appeared first on Universe Today.
An oceanic research team recently demonstrated that one of the largest ecosystem on Earth thrives on the radioactive decay of elements The post Microbes Found That Survive on the by-Products of Radioactive Decay appeared first on Universe Today.
Russian scientists on Saturday launched one of the world’s biggest underwater space telescopes to peer deep into the universe from the pristine waters of Lake Baikal.