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September 15, 2023
Mini space thruster that runs on water

London, UK (ESA) Sep 15, 2023
This tiny fingernail-length space thruster chip runs on the greenest propellant of all: water. Designed to manoeuvre the smallest classes of satellite, the operation of this Iridium Catalysed Electrolysis CubeSat Thruster (ICE-Cube Thruster) developed with Imperial College in the UK is based on electrolysis. Avoiding any need for bulky gaseous propellant storage, an associated electrolyser runs a 20-watt current through water to produce hydrogen and oxygen to propel the thruster. The ICE-Cub ... read more

Rocket Lab signs deal with Leidos to launch 4 HASTE missions
Long Beach CA (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has signed a contract with Leidos to launch four HASTE (Hypersonic Accelerator Suborbital Test Electron) missions. The missions, scheduled across 2024 and 2 ... more
Matter comprises of 31% of the total amount of matter and energy in the universe
Chiba, Japan (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
"Cosmologists believe that only about 20% of the total matter is made of regular or 'baryonic' matter, which includes stars, galaxies, atoms, and life," explains first author Dr. Mohamed Abdullah, a ... more
Webb confirms accuracy of Universe's expansion rate as measured by Hubble
Baltimore MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
The rate at which the universe is expanding, known as the Hubble constant, is one of the fundamental parameters for understanding the evolution and ultimate fate of the cosmos. However, a persistent ... more
NASA joins the still controversial search for UFOs
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2023
NASA on Thursday officially joined the search for UFOs - but reflecting the stigma attached to the field, the US space agency kept secret for hours the identity of the person heading a new program tracking mystery flying objects. ... more
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GMV tests robot for assembly and maintenance of structures in Earth orbit
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Multinational technology company GMV has successfully concluded ground validation tests for a space robot designed to assemble structures in Earth's orbit as part of the European Space Agency's (ESA ... more
The Vostochny cosmodrome: symbol of Moscow's struggling space sector
Moscow (AFP) Sept 13, 2023
Russia's Vostochny cosmodrome, where President Vladimir Putin hosted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Wednesday, has become a symbol of lingering problems in Moscow's space sector: from lengthy delays to rampant corruption. ... more
US astronaut sets record for stint in space
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2023
The astronaut Frank Rubio broke the record for the longest in orbit mission by an American, spending more than 355 days aboard the International Space Station. ... more
Alleged bodies of 'non-human beings' shown in Mexican Congress
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 13, 2023
The alleged bodies of two "non-human beings" were presented during a congressional hearing in Mexico, generating a mixture of surprise, disbelief and ridicule on social media on Wednesday. ... more
Musk, Zuckerberg visit US congress to discuss AI
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2023
Big tech bigwigs including Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to share their plans for artificial intelligence as the US prepares to draw up legislation to better control the technology. ... more



Maduro says Venezuelan astronauts could go to Moon in Chinese spaceship

Sols 3948-3949: A Rocky Road, or Two!
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 13, 2023
Earth planning date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023: Our view out of the window, in this case the front hazard camera, is spectacular today, as you can see above. Regular readers of the mission updat ... more
COSPAR new program seeks to build SmallSat capacity in Developing Countries
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Capacity Building program through collaboration in the field of small satellites (Small Sats). Institutes and univ ... more
Germany blocks full Chinese takeover of satellite startup
Frankfurt, Germany (AFP) Sept 14, 2023
Germany has blocked a complete Chinese takeover of a satellite startup on national security grounds, sources close to the matter told AFP Thursday, as Berlin takes an increasingly hard line against Beijing. ... more
SES introduces cruise industry's first integrated MEO-LEO service with Starlink
Luxembourg (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
For the first time ever, cruise operators can now depend on a single managed solution to reap the benefits of low-latency, high-throughput satellite connectivity services that are enabled by integra ... more
Sidus contracts with HEO for non-Earth imaging payload data services
Cape Canaveral FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Sidus Space (NASDAQ: SIDU) has announced an agreement with HEO (USA), a subsidiary of HEO, an Australian space technology company specializing in non-Earth imaging (NEI) and in-orbit satellite inspe ... more

Carbon atoms coming together in space

NASA JPL Imaging Spectrometer Ready for Tanager 1 Integration
San Francisco CA (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL) has announced that an imaging spectrometer, developed by NASA JPL, has been handed off to its team for integration onto its Tanager 1 hyperspectral satellite. This marks a ... more
EUMETSAT: A Forecasting Revolution on Its Way
Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
The preliminary data from the MTG-I1 satellite, the first of a new generation of meteorological satellites for the even better monitoring and forecasting of severe weather events, are breathtaking. ... more
Marcus Wandt will fly to International Space Station on third Axiom Space mission
Paris (ESA) Sep 15, 2023
ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt from Sweden will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) no earlier than January 2024. Axiom Space announced the four crew ... more
Electrons from Earth may be forming water on the Moon
Manoa HI (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
A team of researchers, led by a University of Hawai'i (UH) at Manoa planetary scientist, discovered that high energy electrons in Earth's plasma sheet are contributing to weathering processes on the ... more
The young age of permanently shadowed areas on the Moon
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Most of the Moon's permanently shadowed areas arose less than 2.2 billion years ago and some trapped ice during the recent past, research led by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Norbert ... more

NASA contract Firefly to provide radio frequency calibration services from lunar orbit
Cedar Park TX (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Firefly Aerospace, Inc., an end-to-end space transportation company, was awarded an $18 million NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract to provide radio frequency calibration services ... more
Mapping the Sun's Interaction with Mercury's Surface
Tucson AZ (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
A new study maps the infall of protons and electrons from the solar wind to geographical location on the surface of Mercury, giving scientists new insight into how interactions with the Sun alters t ... more
Saturn images show a change of seasons as polar vortex fades
Leicester UK (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
While the UK has been experiencing warm autumnal weather, a team of planetary scientists has found that Saturn's late northern summer is experiencing a cooling trend, as huge planetary-scale flows o ... more
Primary Instrument for NASA's Roman Completed, Begins Tests
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
A team of engineers and technicians at Ball Aerospace, one of the industry partners for NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have ... more
Coming Soon: A "Ring of Fire" in the Sky
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
On Oct. 14, 2023, an annular total solar eclipse will be visible to millions across the globe as it sweeps through the skies of the northwestern United States through Mexico and Central America and ... more
Intelsat Adds European Capacity with Telespazio's Fucino Space Centre in Italy
McLean VA (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Intelsat, operator of one of the world's largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), has added Telespazio's Fucino Space Centre in Ital ... more
Sidus Space announces 180-Day extension on NASDAQ minimum pricing
Cape Canaveral, FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Sidus Space has been granted an additional 180 calendar days, or until March 11, 2024, (the "Second Compliance Period") to regain compliance with The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC ("NASDAQ"). On Sep ... more
CPI Vertex to provide KA-band antennas for SES'S O3B mPOWER
Duisburg, Germany (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
CPI Vertex Antennentechnik, a subsidiary of Communications and Power Industries (CPI), has been selected to provide high-performance Ka-band antenna systems to SES for its O3b mPOWER communications ... more
Successful entry into service of Eutelsat Hotbird 13F and 13G satellites
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 15, 2023
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) announces that its two high-power HOTBIRD 13F and HOTBIRD 13G satellites have entered into full commercial service. Located at Eutelsat's 13 degrees Eas ... more
NASA approves crew for Axiom's third private mission to space station
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 12, 2023
NASA has approved a four-person crew for the third Axiom mission, which is intended to launch no sooner than January 2024. ... more
Webb discovers methane, carbon dioxide in atmosphere of K2-18 b
Baltimore MD (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
A new investigation with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope into K2-18 b, an exoplanet 8.6 times as massive as Earth, has revealed the presence of carbon-bearing molecules including methane and carbo ... more
Lucy captures its first images of Asteroid Dinkinesh
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
The small dot moving against the background of stars is the first view from NASA's Lucy spacecraft of the main belt asteroid Dinkinesh, the first of 10 asteroids that the spacecraft will visit on it ... more
A new study characterizes regular Moonquakes
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 11, 2023
Every morning and afternoon, like clockwork, the surface of the Moon trembles with tiny "moonquakes." Now, new analysis of seismic activity on the Moon has characterized these events and discovered ... more
Kombucha: Ally for Moon and Mars
Paris (ESA) Sep 12, 2023
ESA is testing kombucha cultures, famous for their fermentative properties and potential health benefits, to assess their resilience in space. These cultures hold great promise for supporting humans ... more
Another Martian Weekend" Sols 3943-3945
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 12, 2023
Earth planning date: Friday, September 8, 2023: Curiosity continues its bumpy travels across the bedrock blocks this weekend. We got the good news this morning that we would be able to safely do con ... more
OSIRIS-REx adjusts course to target sample capsule's landing zone
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 12, 2023
On Sept. 10, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft briefly fired its ACS (attitude control system) thrusters to point itself toward Earth, putting it on course to release its sample capsule, carrying rocks a ... more


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