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ESA welcomes Webb in French Guiana for launch on Ariane 5

The James Webb Space Telescope has arrived safely at Pariacabo harbour in French Guiana. ESA in close collaboration with NASA will now prepare this once in a generation mission for its launch on Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport this December. Few space science missions have been as eagerly anticipated as the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb).

More Than Half of the Oneweb Constellation Now Successfully Deployed

Soyuz Flight ST36 lifted-off with 36 OneWeb satellites onboard, bringing the size of the fleet in orbit to 358, after this successful deployment. Flight ST36 was the 61st Soyuz mission carried out by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate. The mission lasted three hours and 51 minutes. The 36 satellites were deployed during nine separation sequences, at an altitude of 450 km

Exploration News

Blue Origin Successfully and Safely Completes 2nd Human Flight to Space and Back

Blue Origin successfully completed its second human spaceflight on board New Shepard on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. The flight included four astronauts, Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, and William Shatner, as well as thousands of postcards from Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future. Now official astronauts, the crew was welcomed back from space with a celebration in the West Texas desert with family, friends, and the Blue Origin team

Japanese billionaire Maezawa ‘not afraid’ ahead of ISS launch

Maezawa, 45, is the founder of Japan’s largest online fashion mall and the country’s 30th richest man, according to Forbes. Maezawa has said he plans to document his journey for his YouTube channel with over 700,000 subscribers. “I’ve got a list of one hundred things I want to do on the station like play badminton,” He will be the first space tourist to travel to the ISS with Russia’s space agency Roscosmos since 2009 when Canadian Guy Laliberte, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, travelled to the station.

Australia to provide rover for future NASA lunar lander mission

NASA and its Australian counterpart have agreed to cooperate on a future robotic lander mission where Australia will provide a small rover as part of a test of resource utilization technologies.

Launcher News

Green Light for Satellite Launch Site in Norway

This is an historic day for Andøya and for Norway as a space nation. Andøya Space will be an engine of transformation for the island and the community, and it will provide a significant boost to Northern Norway. In a short time, Norway will be one of few countries that are able to launch satellites from its own territory,” says Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H). As a direct consequence to the new launch site, Andøya Space expect to create up to 150 new jobs.

NewSpace  News

Iceye officially joins Copernicus Earth-observation Program

Iceye won a contract to provide data from its constellation of small synthetic-aperture radar satellites to Copernicus, the European Union program aimed at providing continuous, global Earth observation.

Orbit Fab signs technology sharing agreement with U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory

Orbit Fab, a venture-funded startup offering a refueling service in space, has signed a technology sharing agreement with the U.S. Air Force Research

Leaf Space establishes five new ground stations

Italian ground segment provider Leaf Space announced plans Oct. 14 to add five ground stations to its global Leaf Line Network.

Deep Blue Aerospace conducts 100-meter VTVL rocket test

Chinese private launch Deep Blue Aerospace completed a 100-meter level launch and landing test with its Nebula M1 VTVL test stage Wednesday.

 Space Mfg. Built By Varda Space To Launch Via SpaceX Rideshare Mission in 2023

Varda Space Industries has signed a Launch Services Agreement with SpaceX to launch their initial space factory aboard a SpaceX rideshare mission, deploying to LEO in Q1 2023. After Varda’s factory operation completes the on-orbit production run, the company’s space factory will execute a de-orbit maneuver to re-enter the atmosphere and return the finished product […]

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