Orion completes lunar flyby maneuver

NASA has approved plans to proceed with the next critical milestone in the Artemis 1 mission, a maneuver by the uncrewed Orion spacecraft as it flies by the moon Nov. 21.

Satellite News

European space sector commits: Earth is ours, we must cherish it

ESA and 22 other European space actors have come together to sign a “Statement for a Responsible Space Sector”. Space exploration has allowed us to look back on our planet

ESA’s ambitions for space are backed by a record 17 percent budget increase

Europe will strengthen its autonomy, leadership and sustainability in space following this decision to increase the European Space Agency’s (ESA) budget by 17%, as compared to the last Ministerial meeting in 2019

Successful Launch of EUTELSAT 10B Telecom Satellite

The EUTELSAT 10B communications satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space, has been successfully launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Built for international operator Eutelsat, the EUTELSAT 10B satellite will deliver high-throughput services (HTS) for the aviation and maritime sectors across Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, Africa, the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

European Space Agency has set its sights on a space transportation ecosystem

Economic activity on Earth relies on a large logistics infrastructure – everything we buy and consume, and every trip we make, depends on a global transportation network connecting trucks, ships, aircraft, warehouses supported by fuel systems, maintenance services and communications …

Launcher News

Equipment defect delays first commercial Vega C flight

Arianespace said Nov. 25 it is delaying the first commercial flight for Europe’s upgraded Vega C rocket by nearly a month to replace defective equipment.

The First SLS Launch Caused Damage to the Launch Pad. How bad was it?

When you test launch the most powerful rocket ever successfully flown, there’s bound to be some collateral damage. With 8.8 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) packs a mighty punch (the Saturn V, which carried astronauts to the moon in 1969, produced 7.5 million pounds).

ArianeGroup’s approval from ESA to develop PHOEBUS  future carbon upper stage for Ariane 6

ArianeGroup has received a 50-million-euro agreement from the European Space Agency (ESA) to continue the development of PHOEBUS, a super-light carbon composite upper stage demonstrator. 

First privately built Indian space rocket launches

The first privately developed Indian rocket lifted off into the upper reaches of the atmosphere on Friday, in another milestone in the country’s push to become a major space power. The half-tonne Vikram-S rocket launched before midday local time and travelled in an arc, live footage from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) showed.

Exploration News

The new astronauts selected by the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency named five new career astronauts Wednesday, as well as the world’s first recruit with a disability and 11 other reserve astronauts who will have to wait for their chance to go to space. – Sophie Adenot – The 40-year-old French engineer has flown 3,000 flight hours as a helicopter test pilot.

What Happened to those CubeSats that were Launched with Artemis I?

The Artemis I mission deployed ten CubeSat’s as part of its mission, but only four appear to be operational. The post What Happened to those CubeSats that were Launched with Artemis I? appeared first on Universe Today.

Hungary to spend $100 million on private astronaut mission to ISS

The Hungarian government plans to spend $100 million to send an astronaut to the International Space Station in two years through a deal with Axiom Space.

NewSpace  News

Spaceport Cornwall receives first U.K. spaceport license

An English airport has secured the first-of-its-kind spaceport license from a British regulator that brings it one step closer to hosting the country’s first orbital launch.

Spire Global reveals larger, new-gen 16U satellite bus

Spire Global has unveiled a new-generation satellite bus to meet demand for larger and more capable satellites.

Expleo reaches milestone for New Space smallsat launches

Expleo has completed the Assembly Integration & Test (AIT) milestone for the payload of two smallsat projects. With the completion of the AIT phase, the payload subsystems are qualified, validated and made ready for integration into their respective satellite systems, marking a significant step toward the realization of the two missions and their anticipated launches

Space Safety News

The sixth asteroid impact we saw coming

For the second time this year, a small asteroid has been discovered before impacting the Earth. This time the discovery came from the Catalina Sky Survey,

Science &Technology News

China to use space station to test space-based solar power

China intends to use its newly-completed Tiangong space station to test key technologies required for space-based polar power.

LOFTID inflatable heat shield test a …

NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator, or LOFTID, launched on Nov. 10, 2022, to demonstrate inflatable heat shield technology that could be key to landing humans on Mars.

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