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Vega C to launch five Copernicus spacecraft

SpaceNews | 2022-11-30 11:14:42

The European Commission awarded a contract to Arianespace Nov. 29 for launches of five Copernicus Earth observation spacecraft on Vega C rockets between 2024 and 2026.

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China’s Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft deployed a small satellite before deorbiting

SpaceNews | 2022-11-30 10:14:43

China’s Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft released a small satellite after its departure from the Tiangong space station and ahead of its controlled deorbiting.

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SpaceX rocket trouble postpones Japanese moon lander launch

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-30 06:44:38

SpaceX is expected to roll a Falcon 9 rocket back into its hangar at Cape Canaveral for troubleshooting, postponing the planned launch of a Japanese commercial moon lander for an unspecified period. SpaceX provided no details about the reason for grounding the rocket.

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France joins ASAT testing moratorium

SpaceNews | 2022-11-30 03:34:42

The French government said Nov. 29 it will join the United States and several other countries in a pledge not to conduct anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons tests that can leave hazardous debris in orbit.

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SpaceX indefinitely delays second Falcon 9 launch in two weeks

Teslarati | 2022-11-30 03:15:00

For the second time in less than two weeks, SpaceX has indefinitely delayed a Falcon 9 launch after discovering apparent issues with...

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Shenzhou 15 astronauts arrive at China’s space station for first crew handover

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 23:14:46

China has six astronauts aboard its recently-completed space station for the first time following the arrival of three crew members aboard Shenzhou-15.

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NASA cancels GeoCarb greenhouse gas monitoring mission

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 22:54:45

NASA has canceled a greenhouse gas monitoring mission once intended to fly as a commercial hosted payload after the mission lost its ride to orbit and suffered severe cost overruns.

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Shay Har-Noy takes the helm at Edgybees

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 22:34:46

Shay Har-Noy, former Spire Global general manager for aviation and a former DigitalGlobe and Maxar Technologies vice president, has taken the helm at Edgybees, a company that specializes in aligning satellite and aerial still and full-motion imagery.

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SpaceX to launch Falcon 9 with private Japanese moon lander

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-29 22:25:55

SpaceX is ready to use its reliable Falcon 9 rocket to send a privately funded mission to the surface of the moon.

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SpaceX fires up 11 engines as it prepares massive rocket for orbital test

Arstechnica | 2022-11-29 22:24:01

Nothing blew up, which is always a win.

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SiriusXM orders pair of satellites to expand in Canada and Alaska

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 21:24:46

SiriusXM said Nov. 29 it has ordered two more satellites from Maxar Technologies to expand its radio broadcasting constellation.

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U.S. Space Command supports use of ‘responsive launch’ to deter China and Russia

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 20:34:42

Gen. James Dickinson, head of U.S. Space Command, said the U.S. military should take advantage of commercially available launch options and vehicles that can operate from multiple locations

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UK firm to release GEO-compatible smartphone early next year

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 19:54:41

British handset maker Bullitt said Nov. 29 it will release a smartphone early next year capable of sending and receiving texts via satellites in geostationary orbit.

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ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/29/2022

NASA | 2022-11-29 19:35:00

Payloads: ICE Cubes #7: Experiment Cubes were removed for the ICE Cubes Facility and replaced with new cubes which recently arrived on SpX-26. The Artery in Microgravity – Orbit Your Thesis! (Ice Cubes #7) is a student-built experiment, part of the European Space Agency’s “Orbit Your Thesis!” program that investigates blood flow through models of …

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Chinese astronauts meet in space for historic crew handover

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-29 19:34:39

Three Chinese astronauts were greeted by three of their colleagues Tuesday as they floated into the Tiangong space station following a launch on a Long March rocket earlier in the day, marking the first time China’s space program has had six astronauts in orbit at the same time.

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Pentagon report: China’s space strategy shaped by technological change

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 19:04:42

The Pentagon in its 2022 report on China's military capabilities says the PLA continues to develop weapons for use against satellites in orbit

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NASA to Cancel GeoCarb Mission, Expands Greenhouse Gas Portfolio

NASA | 2022-11-29 18:14:00

NASA announced Monday it intends to cancel development of its GeoCarb mission, and instead implement a plan for pursuing alternate options to measure and observe greenhouse gases.

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Amazon used AWS on a satellite in orbit to speed up data analysis in ‘first-of-its kind’ experiment

CNBC | 2022-11-29 16:30:01

Amazon’s cloud computing division successfully ran a software suite on a satellite in orbit, in a “first-of-its-kind” experiment, the company announced Tuesday.

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South Korean leader eyes “landing on moon in 2032, Mars in 2045”

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 14:54:42

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said Nov. 28 that the country will land a robotic spacecraft on the moon in 2032 and on Mars in 2045.

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NASA, ICON Advance Lunar Construction Technology for Moon Missions

NASA | 2022-11-29 14:14:00

As NASA plans for long-term human exploration of the Moon under Artemis, new technologies are required to meet the unique challenges of living and working on another world.

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What the 2022 midterm elections mean for NASA

Planetary Society | 2022-11-29 14:05:04

Republicans regain control of the House. The Senate remains under Democratic control. This divided governance could slow down the pace of space legislation, even for “must-pass” items like NASA's annual budget.

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China to finish busy Space station year with Shenzhou-15

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-29 14:00:45

China aims to launch the Shenzhou-15 mission to the Tiangong space station on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 15:08 UTC from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC). The launch window for this mission is instantaneous. It will launch three taikonauts to the station to replace the current crew of the Shenzhou-14 mission. It will use a Chang Zheng 2F (CZ-2F) rocket and will launch from Space Launch Site 1 (SLS-1), which is also known as Site 901.

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Orion flies far beyond the Moon, returns an instantly iconic photo

Arstechnica | 2022-11-29 13:42:24

"It’s really hard to articulate what the feeling is."

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ESA’s ExoMars plans depend on NASA contributions

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 13:04:41

While the European Space Agency has secured funding to continue the ExoMars mission for a 2028 launch, that plan requires cooperation with NASA that has yet to be finalized.

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Artemis 1 mission reaches halfway point

SpaceNews | 2022-11-29 12:14:53

As the Artemis 1 mission reaches the halfway mark, NASA managers are adding additional test objectives for the Orion spacecraft to prepare for the vehicle’s first crewed flight.

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Japanese commercial moon lander, UAE rover ready for launch on SpaceX rocket

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-29 03:34:39

A commercial moon craft developed by the Japanese company ispace is awaiting launch from Cape Canaveral before dawn Wednesday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will send it on a five-month trajectory culminating in a lunar landing attempt next year, an achievement that could make ispace the first private company to accomplish the feat.

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Ukraine exempts Starlink from VAT; customs duty;

Teslarati | 2022-11-29 03:25:05

Ukraine’s Cabinet declared Starlink satellite equipment exempt from VAT and customs duty, The Kyiv Independent reported, adding that Starlink has been crucial...

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Demonstration of new layer of missile-warning satellites planned for 2026

SpaceNews | 2022-11-28 23:44:42

The U.S. Space Systems Command announced Nov. 28 that two satellite designs — one by Millennium Space Systems and the other by Raytheon Intelligence & Space — passed critical reviews and will move into the next phase of development.

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Orion sails through halfway point of Artemis 1 moon mission

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-28 16:34:39

At the halfway point in NASA’s Artemis 1 mission, the unpiloted Orion moonship is chalking up a near-flawless flight, mission managers said Monday, beaming back spectacular images of Earth disappearing from view as it was eclipsed by the moon.

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We’ve reached the end of a bizarre Atlantic hurricane season

Arstechnica | 2022-11-28 15:54:09

This was the rare year when there were no August storms. Then things blew up.

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ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/28/2022

NASA | 2022-11-28 15:54:00

SpaceX-26 (SpX-26) Launch and Dock: The SpX-26 Dragon spacecraft launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 1:20 PM CT on Saturday, November 26th, and docked to the ISS the following morning at 6:39 AM CT. The spacecraft is carrying more than 7,700 pounds of research, supplies, and hardware to the ISS. Payloads: Faraday Research Facility-2: …

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China outlines pathway for lunar and deep space exploration

SpaceNews | 2022-11-28 10:56:57

China has laid out its pathway for robotic and crewed lunar and deep space exploration, with a number of missions building towards a permanent moon base.

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Three Chinese astronauts ready for flight to Tiangong space station

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-28 10:04:38

Three Chinese astronauts will strap into a Shenzhou spacecraft and rocket into orbit Tuesday in pursuit of China’s Tiangong space station on a six-month mission to transition the space lab from construction into an operational phase.

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SpaceX set to launch Japanese Moon lander, NASA ice surveyor cubesat

Teslarati | 2022-11-28 05:05:00

SpaceX says it’s on track to launch Japanese startup ispace’s first Moon lander, HAKUTO-R M1, no earlier than (NET) 3:39 am EST...

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Space Force delivers final payload for Space Norway’s arctic broadband mission

SpaceNews | 2022-11-28 01:14:42

The U.S. Space Force announced Nov. 28 it delivered the second and final military communications payloads that will launch in 2023 on Space Norway’s Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission

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Space Force orders three GPS satellites for $744 million

SpaceNews | 2022-11-28 00:04:42

The U.S. Space Force announced Nov. 28 it has ordered three GPS 3F satellites from Lockheed Martin for $744 million.

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Millennium Space’s missile-warning satellite clears design review

SpaceNews | 2022-11-27 22:56:57

Millennium Space Systems announced Nov. 23 its proposed satellite design for a U.S. Space Force missile-warning constellation passed a critical review.

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SpaceX supply ship docks at space station

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-27 12:56:54

A day after launching from Kennedy Space Center, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule approached the International Space Station for an automated docking Sunday with more than 7,700 pounds of supplies and experiments.

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SpaceX Dragon delivers supplies, upgraded solar arrays to space station

Teslarati | 2022-11-27 05:17:15

Following a flawless Saturday launch, a SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday morning, delivering several...

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Orion capsule enters distant retrograde orbit, breaks Apollo distance record

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-26 21:34:39

NASA’s Orion spacecraft fired its main engine Friday to slip into a distant lunar orbit, putting it on course to range farther from Earth than any of the Apollo astronauts flew in humanity’s first exploration of the moon.

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SpaceX launches Dragon cargo ship to deliver new solar arrays to space station

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-26 21:16:54

SpaceX launched an all-new Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule Saturday from Kennedy Space Center on a mission to deliver new roll-out solar arrays, belated Thanksgiving treats, CubeSats, and a cornucopia of experiments to the International Space Station.

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SpaceX launches new cargo Dragon spacecraft to space station

SpaceNews | 2022-11-26 20:36:58

A brand new SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched a new cargo Dragon spacecraft Nov. 26, carrying supplies, experiments and new solar arrays for the International Space Station.

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Moon Microscope, Solar Arrays Launch on NASA’s SpaceX Cargo Ship

NASA | 2022-11-26 20:07:00

SpaceX’s 26th commercial resupply mission for NASA is on its way to the International Space Station.

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Join us for a fireside chat with Lori Garver & Jim Bridenstine

SpaceNews | 2022-11-26 19:26:57

Together for the first time. She's a longtime SLS critic who served a decade in senior NASA roles under Clinton and Obama. He's a Republican ex-congressman who ran NASA for three years under Trump.

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India’s PSLV rocket launches nine satellites in final mission of 2022

SpaceNews | 2022-11-26 15:46:58

India’s space agency ISRO launched a one-ton Earth observation satellite and eight nanosatellites to sun-synchronous polar orbit Nov. 26 aboard the nation’s workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket.

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India launches satellite for ocean monitoring

Spaceflight Now | 2022-11-26 07:14:38

India launched a satellite Saturday to measure ocean winds and water temperatures, adding a key data source for weather forecasters tracking tropical cyclone development around the world.

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Orion enters lunar distant retrograde orbit

SpaceNews | 2022-11-25 23:46:59

NASA’s Orion spacecraft entered a high-altitude orbit around the moon Nov. 25 in the latest major step in the Artemis 1 uncrewed test flight.

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NASA to Share Artemis I Update with Orion at Farthest Point from Earth

NASA | 2022-11-25 23:07:00

NASA will host a news conference at 5 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 28, from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss the status of the uncrewed Artemis I flight test as the Orion spacecraft reaches the mid-point of its Moon mission and its farthest distance from Earth at nearly 270,000 miles away.

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ISRO to launch ocean research satellite aboard PSLV

NASASpaceflight | 2022-11-25 23:03:17

India will launch a new ocean monitoring satellite on Saturday morning, using its PSLV rocket to deliver the EOS-06 spacecraft into a low Earth orbit. The mission, PSLV C54, is scheduled for liftoff from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 11:56 local time (06:26 UTC).

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Rocket Lab to launch remaining NASA TROPICS satellites

SpaceNews | 2022-11-25 17:36:57

NASA has selected Rocket Lab to launch the remaining four cubesats of a constellation to monitor tropical weather systems after the first two were lost in an Astra launch failure.

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