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February 04, 2024
China's Smart Dragon 3 launches satellites from South China Sea

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
China's growing prowess in the arena of space exploration and satellite deployment was once again on display as the nation successfully launched the Smart Dragon 3 carrier rocket on Saturday morning. Taking off from a launch service ship off the coast of Yangjiang in Guangdong province, this mission marked a significant milestone by placing nine satellites into their designated orbits in space. The Smart Dragon 3, a solid-propellant rocket developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technolog ... read more

NASA's xEVAS contract with RTX moves forward with successful spacesuit test
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
Collins Aerospace, a business segment of Raytheon Technologies Corporation (NYSE: RTX), in collaboration with ILC Dover and Oceaneering, has announced a significant advancement in the development of ... more
mu Space and ispace forge partnership for Lunar exploration and satellite services
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
In a significant step forward for lunar exploration and satellite services, mu Space and Advanced Technology Co., Ltd. (mu Space), a leading aerospace manufacturer and satellite internet service pro ... more
'Potentially hazardous' asteroid makes closest pass to Earth in more than century
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 2, 2024
A football field-sized asteroid whizzed by the Earth Friday, making its closest pass in more than a century. ... more
China to launch Queqiao 2 Relay Satellite to boost lunar communication capabilities
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
China is poised to take another significant step in its ambitious lunar exploration endeavors with the scheduled launch of the Queqiao 2 relay satellite in the first half of 2024. The China National ... more
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Ice and fire: Antarctic volcano may hold clues to life on Mars
Deception Island, Antarctica (AFP) Feb 2, 2024
On Deception Island in Antarctica, steam rises from the beaches, and glaciers dot the black slopes of what is actually an active volcano - a rare clash of ice and fire that provides clues to scientists about what life could look like on Mars. ... more
GRAPES-3 experiment unveils unexpected twist in cosmic ray spectrum
Mumbai, India (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research's GRAPES-3 experiment, based in Ooty, India, has made a pivotal discovery in the field of cosmic ray physics. Researchers have identified a new characteris ... more
Xichang Space Launch Site Celebrates 200th Mission with Geely-02 Satellite Deployment
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in the southwestern province of Sichuan, marked a significant milestone on Saturday by successfully completing its 200th launch mission. This achieve ... more
China prepares to launch Lunar exploration satellites Tiandu 1 and Tiandu 2
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
With China's ambitious strides in space exploration, the upcoming launch of two experimental satellites, Tiandu 1 and Tiandu 2, marks a significant step forward in the country's lunar exploration an ... more



BlackStar Orbital to open new spacecraft manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista by 2026

Britain's space capabilities boosted by Pulsar Fusion's latest engine test
London, UK (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Pulsar Fusion has marked a significant achievement in the realm of space technology by successfully demonstrating a cutting-edge space engine, distinguished as the largest ever fired in Britain. Thi ... more
ESA's Innovative Metal 3D Printer Arrives at ISS
Paris, France (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
The realm of space manufacturing is set to witness a novel advancement as the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launches its first metal 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS), m ... more
Europa Clipper gears up with full instrument suite onboard
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA's ambitious Europa Clipper mission, a project that aims to unravel the mysteries of Jupiter's ice-encased moon, Europa, has recently achieved a significant milestone. With less than nine months ... more
Shake, rattle and launch: Dream Chaser spaceplane passes vibration test
Sandusky, United States (AFP) Feb 1, 2024
Sierra Space's shuttle-like Dream Chaser has been put through its paces at a powerful NASA vibration facility that mimics conditions during launch and atmospheric reentry, officials said Thursday ahead of its planned first flight to the ISS this year. ... more
Cygnus spacecraft arrives at space station with 8,200 pounds of cargo
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 1, 2024
The International Space Station received more than 8,200 pounds of supplies and science experiments on Thursday after Northrup Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft successfully docked with the orbiting laboratory. ... more


China to launch 4.4 Meter Aperture Spectral Telescope in 2026

Charite Launches International Master's Program in Space Medicine
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
Charite University Berlin, in collaboration with the University of Caen Normandy in France and Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Slovenia, has announced the launch of an innovative m ... more
Sivers Semiconductors and Thorium Space set to enhance satellite capabilities
Kista, Sweden (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
Sivers Semiconductors AB (STO: SIVE) has announced an expansion in its partnership with Thorium Space S.A., marking a significant advancement in satellite communication technology. This second phase ... more
Space Perspective secures investment for carbon-neutral space tourism
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In the burgeoning field of space tourism, a novel collaboration marks a significant milestone. The 100 Fundadores, a global community of diverse industry leaders known for their appreciation of luxu ... more
NASA's latest experiments aboard ISS aim to boost life in space
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA's Biological and Physical Sciences Division is embarking on a new journey to enhance life beyond Earth with the launch of three pivotal experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). The ... more
A Drive With a View: Sols 4084-4085
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 02, 2024
Earth planning date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024: Curiosity continues her investigation of the light and dark banded sulfate terrain and started this two-sol planning day with several beautiful rock ... more

Advanced Space's CAPSTONE operating around Moon for 445 days
Westminster CO (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
Advanced Space, a leading space tech solutions company, is pleased to announce that CAPSTONE - the Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment - continues ... more
Asteroid to make its closest pass to Earth in more than a century
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 02, 2024
A "potentially hazardous" asteroid the size of a football field will make its closest pass to Earth in more than a century this week, and it won't be this close again for another 200 years, official ... more
Bright Rocks on the Horizon: An Exciting Glimpse of Uncharted Territory
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 02, 2024
Perseverance is deep within the ongoing Margin Unit campaign, where orbital signatures of carbonate minerals appear strongest. After collection of a drilled rock core from the Margin Unit, followed ... more
NASA to Study Effects of Radio Noise on Lunar Science
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
In February 2024, Intuitive Machines' IM-1 mission will launch to the Moon's South Polar region, as part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services, or CLPS, initiative. This mission is part of CLP ... more
Researchers spying for signs of life among exoplanet atmospheres
Columbus OH (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
The next generation of advanced telescopes could sharpen the hunt for potential extraterrestrial life by closely scrutinizing the atmospheres of nearby exoplanets, new research suggests. The next ge ... more
One Guardian: Opportunity Leads A Soldier To Space
Peterson SFB CO (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
U.S. Space Force Major Julius Lee carries more than just the notes and instructions he needs daily in his Green Book. Within its pages lies an early service photo of his father - the man who inspire ... more
NASA Releases STEM Toolkit for Advanced Air Mobility
Celveland OH (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA Aeronautics has released a new STEM toolkit focusing on Advanced Air Mobility for educators and students of all ages. The toolkit, comprised of numerous educational activities, is a free resour ... more
NASA Puts Next-Gen Exoplanet-Imaging Technology to the Test
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
The Coronagraph Instrument on NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will demonstrate new technologies that could vastly increase the number of planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) that s ... more

Starlab Partners with SpaceX to Launch Private Space Laboratory into Orbit
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
In a significant move for the future of private space exploration, Starlab Space, a joint venture between Voyager Space and Airbus, has inked a deal with SpaceX, a leader in space transport services

NASA's Fission Surface Power Project Energizes Lunar Exploration
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
NASA is wrapping up the initial phase of its Fission Surface Power Project, which focused on developing concept designs for a small, electricity-generating nuclear fission reactor that could be used

TESS finds Super-Earth in habitable zone around nearby red dwarf
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
In a significant advancement in the field of exoplanetary science, astronomers have unveiled the discovery of a new 'super-Earth', TOI-715 b, orbiting within the habitable zone of a red dwarf star.

The hottest catalog of the year: the most comprehensive list of slow-building solar flares yet
San Diego CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Solar flares occur when magnetic energy builds up in the Sun's atmosphere and is released as electromagnetic radiation. Lasting anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, flares usually reach tempe

eROSITA's first Survey marks a new era in X-ray Astronomy with 900,000 sources
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
In a significant stride for X-ray astronomy, the German eROSITA consortium has unveiled data from the first all-sky survey by the eROSITA telescope, stationed on the Spectrum-RG (SRG) satellite. Thi

Carbice and Blue Canyon Technologies partner to enhance satellite thermal management
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Carbice Corporation, an innovator in the field of thermal management solutions, recently announced its collaboration with RTX's Blue Canyon Technologies, a leader in small satellite solutions. This

NanoAvionics Partners with LANL on Pioneering ESRA Space Mission
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Kongsberg NanoAvionics US, a leader in smallsat mission integration, has entered into a new partnership with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), a premier U.S. science and technology institution,

Rocket Lab Launches $275 Million Convertible Note Offering for 2029 Maturity
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has initiated a significant financial move with the launch of a private offering aimed at qualified institutional buyers. The company announced its intention to i

Northrop Grumman marks 20th ISS resupply mission with Cygnus launch
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
Northrop Grumman has launched its 20th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), solidifying its role in ongoing space logistics and exploration. The mission, designated NG-20

Innovating Space Nutrition: BioNutrients' 5-Year Space Journey Nears End
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
NASA's groundbreaking bio-manufacturing experiment, BioNutrients, is nearing the completion of a five-year mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Since its launch in 2019, the experim

Sidus Space's 3D Hybrid satellite 'LizzieSat' ready for launch
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
Sidus Space (NASDAQ: SIDU), a company specializing in Space and Data-as-a-Service, has completed the launch preparation of its new satellite, LizzieSat, at the Astrotech Space Operations facility at

Rocket Lab starts busy year with successful booster recovery
Mahia, New Zealand (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
Rocket Lab has started its 2024 mission roster with a landmark Electron launch. The mission, named 'Four Of A Kind,' was dedicated to deploying space situational awareness (SSA) satellites for Spire Global on behalf of NorthStar Earth & Space.

Reticulate Micro's new division, Reticulate Space, brings VAST tech to satellite communications
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
In a significant expansion of its technological frontiers, Reticulate Micro, Inc. has announced the establishment of Reticulate Space, a new business segment aimed at revolutionizing multi-orbit sat

A New Perspective Sols 4082-4083
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 31, 2024
Earth planning date: January 29, 2023: Curiosity is continuing to climb - our weekend drive delivered us to a new location with lots new to see for today's two sol plan. This includes views of the u

UKansas researchers awarded NSF grant to explore the Cosmic Web
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
Researchers at the University of Kansas, led by Professor Gregory Rudnick of physics and astronomy, have embarked on an ambitious project to unravel the complexities of galaxy evolution. Funded by a

China's AIMS telescope achieves unprecedented accuracy in solar observations
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 31, 2024
In a significant advancement in solar observation, the Accurate Infrared Magnetic Field Measurements of the Sun (AIMS) telescope, a pioneering project supported by the National Natural Science Found

SpaceX launches 20th Northrop Grumman ISS resupply mission
Washington DC (UPI) Jan 30, 2024
NASA, Northrop Grumman and SpaceX launched the 20th Northrop Grumman resupply mission to the International Space Station Tuesday.

Sidus Space, Inc. Announces $5.6 Million Public Offering Pricing
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 30, 2024
Sidus Space, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIDU), a Space and Data-as-a-Service developer, has announced pricing for its underwritten public offering. The company is offering 1,251,700 shares of its Class A common

ClearSpace and Orbit Fab Forge Strategic Partnership for In-Space Refueling Services
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 30, 2024
ClearSpace and Orbit Fab has unveiled a comprehensive strategic partnership that is aiming to significantly advance in-space refueling and servicing capabilities which will crucual for a sustainable

PLD Space secures contract for Spanish small satellite launcher development
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jan 30, 2024
PLD Space has been named the sole contractor in the second phase of a project aimed at developing a Spanish launcher for small satellites. This endeavor, part of the Aerospace Strategic Project for

Australian Space Startups to Benefit from UniSA's Enhanced Accelerator Program
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jan 30, 2024
The University of South Australia (UniSA) is taking a significant step in bolstering its support for the burgeoning space industry. In a collaborative effort, UniSA's Innovation and Collaboration Ce

Boosting European Space Ambitions: EC, EIB, and ESA Unite for Sectoral Support
Brussels, Belgium (SPX) Jan 30, 2024
In a significant move to bolster the European space sector, the European Commission (EC), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced a collaborative arran

Eutelsat Sells OneWeb Share to Airbus U.S. Space and Defense, Advances Asset Optimization
Paris, France (SPX) Jan 30, 2024
Eutelsat Group has completed the sale of OneWeb's 50% share in the Airbus OneWeb Satellites joint venture (AOS). This development marks a crucial step in Eutelsat's strategic management of its asset

SAFE Orbit Act: A Step Towards Safer and More Efficient Space Operations
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 30, 2024
In a major move to enhance space situational awareness (SSA) and manage the increasingly congested low-Earth orbit, US Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Gary Peters (D-MI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Eric

Japan's Moon lander comes back to life
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 29, 2024
Japan's Moon lander has come back to life, the space agency said Monday, enabling the craft to proceed with its mission of investigating the lunar surface despite its rocky start.

Using Ancient Ultraviolet Light to Probe Theories of Cosmology
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 29, 2024
By studying the formation and evolution of galaxies in the early universe, researchers seek to test the predictions of our leading theory of cosmology. New research suggests that the ultraviolet lum

Virgin Galactic Marks 11th Spaceflight with Full Passenger Manifest
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 29, 2024
Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE), a pioneer in the field of commercial space travel, has completed its first spaceflight of 2024, marking its 11th mission overall. The 'Galactic 06' fligh

MITRE and MDC team up to advance at Midland Spaceport
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 28, 2024
The Midland Development Corporation (MDC) and MITRE have recently inked an agreement aiming to synergize their efforts towards enhancing commercial space and high-speed flight operations at the Midl

Space Force initiates MUOS Service Life Extension with Lockheed Martin design contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
The U.S. Space Force's Space Systems Command has taken a significant step towards enhancing global military communications by contracting Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the early design of two addi

Sidus Space Joins Solis Applied Science Team on NGA's $794M R and D contract
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
Sidus Space, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIDU), a noted player in the space industry, has recently announced its inclusion in the Solis Applied Science, LLC team, selected by the National Geospatial-Intelligence

Iraq's pro-Iran Al-Nujaba movement vows to keep up attacks on US troops
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 2, 2024
Iraq's pro-Iran Al-Nujaba movement said Friday it intends to press on with attacks on US troops in the Middle East, despite Washington's threat to hit back after three of its soldiers were killed in Jordan.


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