Report Notes Record Investment Spurred By Space Station Research
Space startups raised a record-setting $550 million in private and public capital and grant funding during the first quarter of fiscal 2022.
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NASA Successfully Fires Rotating Detonation Rocket Engine
The test confirmed that a 3D-printed engine could operate for long periods at full throttle with a rotating detonation approach to combustion.
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Rocket Lab Lofts Hawkeye 360 Satellites From Virginia Coast

By Jen DiMascio Jan 25, 2023
It was Rocket Lab’s first from the Wallops Island facility, opening a new venue for the Electron rocket and marking a new beginning for the Virginia spaceport.
Commercial Space
Hibari Smallsat Demos Performance Of Paddles
Researchers see a novel way to free up volume and electricity within small-satellite buses.
audra.avizieni… Wed, 01/25/2023 - 09:00
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Space Force Acquisition Chief Takes Aim At Troubled Programs
It is time to complete space programs that have been long-standing thorns in the side of the U.S. military, a U.S. Air Force official says.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 01/24/2023 - 23:53
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Ariane 6 Testing Now Well Underway
Despite technical glitches, Ariane 6’s final test campaign is now well underway.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 01/24/2023 - 23:31
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Raytheon Consolidates Defense Divisions, Seeks Better Profitability

By Michael Bruno Jan 24, 2023
Raytheon Technologies will merge its two defense divisions under the Raytheon brand.
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NASA, DARPA To Pursue 2027 Space Nuclear Propulsion Demo
The technology is intended to reduce the transit time for human expeditions and science missions to Mars and other deep space destinations.
andy.savoie@av… Tue, 01/24/2023 - 21:11
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NASA’s Johnson Space Center To Archive Mars Samples
Once returned to Earth in 2033, the samples will join those gathered by the Apollo astronauts at the Moon and those from other destinations.
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SDA Renames Military Satellite Constellation
The military satellite constellation was previously known as the “National Defense Space Architecture."
andy.savoie@av… Mon, 01/23/2023 - 22:49
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Russia To Start 2023 With Elektro-L Launch
The spacecraft arrived at Russia’s Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan at the end of December.
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NASA/JAXA’s Long-Running Geotail Mission Ends
Launched on July 24, 1992, on a four-year primary mission, Geotail was extended multiple times.
andy.savoie@av… Mon, 01/23/2023 - 18:55
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NASA Declares Unlatched Lucy Solar Array Good Enough
The array failed to deploy fully following the launch of the Lucy spacecraft on the first-ever mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.
guy.ferneyhoug… Mon, 01/23/2023 - 15:31
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Honda To Build Prototype For Lunar Circulative Renewable Energy System
The system works by using solar power to split water, via electrolysis, into hydrogen and oxygen.
andy.savoie@av… Fri, 01/20/2023 - 22:21
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Spacewalkers Prep Space Station For Final Roll Out Solar Arrays
Two astronauts conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Jan. 20.
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ClearSpace Gets €26.7m For In-Orbit Servicing, Space Debris Removal
The financing will be used to help pay for the company’s first space debris removal mission.
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CesiumAstro Buys TXMission, Software-Defined Radios Developer

By Garrett Reim Jan 18, 2023
Austin, Texas-based CesiumAstro plans to use TXMission’s location in the UK to expand its business in Europe.
Advanced Air Mobility

First SDA Launch To Show New Way For Acquisition, Space Force Says

By Brian Everstine Jan 18, 2023
The U.S. Space Force wants to overhaul its approach to acquisition.
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CNES Braces For Reduced Activity At Kourou Space Center

By Thierry Dubois Jan 18, 2023
Just two launches are scheduled for 2023 at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Commercial Space

Sweden Inaugurates Esrange Spaceport

By Tony Osborne Jan 18, 2023
The first planned orbital satellite launch from the facility is planned for early 2024.
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Higher-Airspace Operations Garner Renewed Attention

By Thierry Dubois Jan 18, 2023
Noting widespread technology progress toward higher-airspace operations, the French Air and Space Force kicks off a doctrine study.
Emerging Technologies

SpaceX Visits Wichita Suppliers As It Prepares Production Ramp-Up

By Molly McMillin Jan 18, 2023
SpaceX officials traveled to Wichita Jan. 17 to meet with current suppliers and develop new supplier connections.
Commercial Space

Space Domain Awareness Sensor To Be Hosted On Japanese Satellite

By Garrett Reim Jan 17, 2023
The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is a Japanese satellite positioning system made mostly of satellites in quasi-zenith orbits.
Space

NASA IG: Cost-Challenged Artemis Must Work Well With Global Partners

By Mark Carreau Jan 17, 2023
NASA has agreed to carry out nine of the recommendations by March 31, 2024.
Space

CNES Chief Urges European Launcher Sector Shake-up

By Thierry Dubois Jan 17, 2023
Last November, Europe’s three leading countries in space launchers issued a joint statement that set the stage for further cooperation.
Commercial Space