Satellite News

BAE Acquires In-space Missions

BAE Systems has acquired In-Space Missions, a UK company that designs, builds and operates satellites and satellite systems. The acquisition will combine BAE Systems’ experience in highly secure satellite communications with In-Space Missions’ full lifecycle satellite capability, to make a compelling sovereign UK space offer. In-Space Missions was founded in 2015 and is based in Hampshire with more than 30 employees. It specialises in offering space services for activities covering earth

ESA to be anchor customer on commercial lunar satellite

The European Space Agency has signed a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to be the anchor customer on a commercial lunar communications satellite that company is developing.

Halfway There… Arianespace Successfully Launches 34 OneWeb Constellation Satellites

OneWeb has successfully launched 34 of their constellation satellites via Arianespace from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This latest, successful launch brings OneWeb’s total on-orbit constellation to 322 satellites, nearly half of the company’s entire 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.

Exploration News

SpaceX all-civilian orbital crew completes historic mission
Russian actress says ‘too late’ to fear ISS launch

Russian actress Yulia Peresild said Thursday it was “too late” for fear ahead of her launch into space, as Moscow races against Hollywood to film the first movie in orbit.

Russian Gov’t allocates $60Mln to build Soyuz for tourist flights

The Russian government has allocated more than 4.4 billion rubles ($60.6 million) to space company Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of the Roscosmos state corporation, for the production of a rocket and spaceship for tourist flights by 2024

Shenzhou-12 astronauts return to Earth after 3-month space station mission

Three Chinese astronauts safely returned to Earth Sept. 17 after completing the first crewed mission aboard the Tianhe space station module.

Launcher News

Combined tests start for Ariane 6 at Europe’s Spaceport

Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana is performing the first combined test in preparation for the inaugural flight of Ariane 6, Europe’s new generation launch vehicle.

NewSpace  News

CesiumAstro plots in-house satellite production ramp-up after debut launch

CesiumAstro expects to be building satellites mostly by itself in two years to house the active phased arrays it has been developing, aiming to shift the paradigm for electronically steered antennas with commercial-like industrialization processes that lower costs and speed up production.

Kleos Space Expanding Luxembourg HQ

Kleos Space S.A.is investing for future growth and is moving their Luxembourg headquarters to a new bespoke facility to incorporate the company’s key functions under the one roof starting on from November 1, 2021. Located in the newly-built ParcLuxite Business Park in Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg, Kleos’ new headquarters will be […]

Space Safety News

Satellite operators need more accurate SSA data

Space situational awareness data used by satellite operators isn’t accurate enough to support the decisions they need to make on whether and how to maneuver their spacecraft to avoid potential collisions.

Space community ponders right-of-way rules for space traffic

The growing number of satellites in orbit is leading to calls to develop formal “right of way” rules, although there is no consensus on what those rules should be and how they should be established.

Space Force to consider space sustainability in any future conflict

The U.S. military will take space sustainability factors into account should it have to respond to an attack on its satellites, a Space Force official said Sept. 16.

SpaceX emphasizes coordination with other satellite operators

Two years after the close approach of a Starlink satellite with a European Space Agency satellite alarmed some in the space industry, SpaceX says it’s working closely with a wide range of satellite operators to ensure safe space operations.

Science & Technology News

Astronaut Blood and Urine Could Help Build Structures on the Moon

Thinking outside the box has always been a strong suit of space exploration.  Whether taking a picture of the Earth in a sunbeam or attempting to land a rocket on a floating ship, trying new things has been a continual theme for those interested in learning more about the universe.  Now, a team from the … Continue reading “Astronaut Blood and Urine Could Help Build Structures on the Moon” The post Astronaut Blood and Urine Could Help Build Structures on the Moon appeared first on Universe Today.

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