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February 08, 2024
Electron Rocket to Deploy Astroscale's Debris Inspection Satellite in Space Sustainability Effort

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (Nasdaq: RKLB) has announced a launch window for a landmark mission in collaboration with Astroscale Japan Inc. The mission, dubbed 'On Closer Inspection,' is set to commence during a 14-day window opening on February 19th NZDT, marking a significant step in the quest for orbital sustainability. The mission's focal point, the deployment of the Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J) satellite, represents a critical phase in a broader orbital debris removal initiati ... read more

L3Harris Demonstrates Advanced SATCOM Prototype, Enhancing Satellite Data Access
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
L3Harris Technologies has recently concluded a pivotal demonstration of its Digital Beamforming Phased Array Antenna System (DPAAS) prototype, marking a significant advancement in satellite communic ... more
Following repeated delays, NASA launches new PACE Earth-observing satellite
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 8, 2024
NASA launched its new Earth-observing satellite into space early Thursday following several days of weather-related delays. ... more
MethaneSAT Set to Transform Global Methane Emission Tracking with Advanced Technology
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
Ball Aerospace has marked a significant milestone in environmental monitoring by delivering the MethaneSAT satellite to Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbara County, California, setting the s ... more
Northrop Grumman to Revolutionize Space Missions with Next-Gen Cryocoolers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
Northrop Grumman, a stalwart in aerospace and defense technology, is taking a significant step forward with its latest innovation in cryocooler technology. Cryocoolers, essentially specialized refri ... more
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WSF-M Satellite will enhance military environmental monitoring with new microwave imager
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
Ball Aerospace has announced the successful delivery of the Weather System Follow-on - Microwave (WSF-M) satellite to Vandenberg Space Force Base, marking a significant milestone in the U.S. Space F ... more
New Satellite Launch Marks a Milestone in China's Commercial Space Sector
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
The recent launch of the "Xunming Hometown I" satellite in Yangjiang, Guangdong province, signifies a notable advancement in China's commercial space sector. This low-earth orbit satellite, having s ... more
Dream Chaser Spaceplane Undergoes Extreme Testing at NASA's Armstrong Facility
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
At NASA's Neil Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio, Sierra Space's Dream Chaser spaceplane, paired with its Shooting Star cargo module, has captivated media and space industry professionals al ... more
Sidus Space Enhances IP Portfolio with New Patent Application for Modular LizzieSat System
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
Sidus Space, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIDU), a leader in satellite manufacturing, has recently made a significant move to bolster its intellectual property portfolio with the publication of a new U.S. patent a ... more


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Space Pioneer and LandSpace Lead China's Private Sector to New Heights in Space

Space Beach Law Lab: Shaping the Future of Space Law at Queen Mary Conference
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
In a world where the final frontier is becoming as much a domain of lawyers and legislators as it is of astronauts and engineers, the inaugural Space Beach Law Lab conference is poised to mark a sig ... more
US to launch next Moon mission on Valentine's Day
Washington (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
US companies are set to launch for the Moon on February 14, less than a month since a similar mission ended in failure with the spaceship burning up in the Earth's atmosphere, NASA said Wednesday. ... more
Rocket Lab Boosts Capital with $355 Million in Convertible Senior Notes Amid Growth Plans
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
Rocket Lab USA, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKLB), a key player in the aerospace manufacturing and satellite launch sectors, has successfully closed its private offering of $355 million in 4.250% convertible seni ... more
Unveiling Lunar Secrets: Chang'e-5 Mission's Groundbreaking Findings
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
The moon's cratered surface, reminiscent of Swiss cheese, narrates a tale of celestial bombardment. These craters, however, are just the beginning of the story. The intense collisions that formed th ... more
Carbon Monoxide Dynamics Offer New Insights into Exoplanet Habitability
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
In the ongoing quest to discover habitable worlds beyond our solar system, a groundbreaking study spearheaded by Associate Professor Kazumi Ozaki from Tokyo Institute of Technology and Associate Res ... more


Axiom 3 astronauts undock from ISS for trip back to Earth

Life on 'Death Star' Saturn moon Mimas has hidden ocean
Paris (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
Saturn's small moon Mimas seems an unlikely suspect in the hunt for life in Earth's backyard - it is probably best known for looking like the "Death Star" in the Star Wars films. ... more
Geespace achieves milestone in satellite constellation development for future mobility
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Geespace, a growing force in China's burgeoning private space sector, has marked a significant milestone in the development of the Geely Future Mobility Constellation with the recent launch of eleve ... more
Terran Orbital announces agreement with Shareholder Group
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Terran Orbital, a key player in the aerospace industry known for its satellite manufacturing capabilities, has recently announced a significant agreement with a group of its shareholders. This devel ... more
Spaceborne Computer-2 sets new benchmark for AI and ML on ISS
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) has taken a significant step forward in space-based computing by dispatching the third iteration of its Spaceborne Computer to the International Space Station ... more
Heritage ERS-2 satellite to reenter Earth's atmosphere
Paris (ESA) Feb 06, 2024
Throughout its 16-year working life, the second European Remote Sensing satellite, ERS-2, returned a wealth of information that revolutionised our perspective of our planet and understanding of clim ... more

Xihe Space Telescope Enhances Understanding of Solar Plasma Dynamics
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Using spectral imaging data of China's first solar exploration satellite, Xihe, a group of Chinese physicists constructed three-dimensional velocity diagrams of two kinds of plasmas in the sun's atm ... more
Lake deposits in Idaho give scientists insight into ancient traces of life on Mars
Smithfield RI (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Does life exist elsewhere in the universe? If so, how do scientists search for and identify it? Finding life beyond Earth is extremely difficult, partly because other planets are so far away and par ... more
Lunar science entering new phase with commercial missions to conduct research
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
For the first time since 1972, NASA is putting science experiments on the Moon in 2024. And thanks to new technologies and public-private partnerships, these projects will open up new realms of scie ... more
NASA's Laser Navigation Tech Enables Commercial Lunar Exploration
Hampton VA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Later this month, NASA's commercial lunar delivery services provider Intuitive Machines will launch its Nova-C lunar lander carrying several NASA science and technology payloads, including the Navig ... 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
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
Astrophysicists find dust in galaxies affects their distance measurements in the Universe
Brno-stred, Czechia (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
Dust around galactic nuclei significantly affects the measurement of their distances in the Universe. This was discovered by a team of physicists led by Michal Zajacek from the Masaryk University in ... more
Sols 4086-4088: Groundhog Day in Gale
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 06, 2024
Earth planning date: Friday, February 2, 2024: Happy Groundhog Day, Earthlings! Punxsutawney Phil must've seen his shadow all the way to Mars, because right now it's spring in Gale crater. Luckily, ... more

What Kind of World is LHS 1140b
by Ben Cassese for AAS Nova News
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 06, 2024 One would be forgiven for thinking that it's easy to tell different types of planets apart. Unfortunately, the most interesting worlds look awfully like comparative

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

BlackStar Orbital to open new spacecraft manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista by 2026
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
BlackStar Orbital Technologies Corporation has announced plans to establish a cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing facility in Sierra Vista, Arizona. This strategic development is set to signi

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

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

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

'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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next-Gen Weather Satellite Set to Enhance Global Military Operations
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
Space Systems Command (SSC) has announced the successful delivery of the first U.S. Space Force (USSF)-62 Weather System Follow-on - Microwave (WSF-M) Space Vehicle (SV) from Ball Aerospace's facili

Ukraine calls for 'urgent' military help after fresh Russian strikes
Kyiv, Ukraine (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
Ukraine urged the West on Wednesday to speed up and increase deliveries of artillery shells after a new Russian missile attack on Kyiv and other regions killed four in the capital and wounded more than 40.

Iraq condemns U.S. drone strike as 'clear aggression,' violation of sovereignty
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 8, 2024
Iraq on Thursday harshly chastised the United States for a retaliatory drone strike that killed a commander of an Iran-backed militia within its borders, calling it "a clear aggression and violation of Iraqi sovereignty" that is "dragging the region into dangerous repercussions."

GMV Leads Multinational Effort in Revolutionary CONVOY Defense Project
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
The European Defence Fund (EDF) has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative with the CONVOY project, spearheaded by the multinational technology firm GMV. With an allocation of approximately euro 4

Ukraine urges EU to speed up artillery shell supplies
Kyiv, Ukraine (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
Ukraine on Wednesday urged the European Union to take "urgent steps" to increase deliveries of artillery shells, whose stocks Kyiv says are desperately needed to defend the frontline against Russia.

The US 'can and will' deliver more Ukraine aid: top advisor
Brussels (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
The United States "can and will" deliver further military aid to Ukraine, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan vowed Wednesday as NATO's chief stressed such support was "vital".

US strike kills pro-Iran commander in Baghdad
Baghdad (AFP) Feb 8, 2024
An American air strike in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday killed a senior commander from a pro-Iran armed group who was involved in attacks on Washington's troops in the region, the US military said.

Israeli military calls for longer army service due to war
Jerusalem (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
Israel's military on Wednesday proposed increasing the country's mandatory enlistment and reserve service commitments "in light of the war's challenges".

Rising Collision Risks in Sun-Synchronous Orbits Amid Satellite Surge
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
The strategic importance of sun-synchronous orbits for earth observation missions, crucial for both civil and defense applications, is being challenged by an escalating risk of collisions. These orb

NORAD: 4 Russian military aircraft seen in international airspace off Alaska coast
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 7, 2024
Four Russian military aircraft were spotted near Alaska on Tuesday, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

IMF warns of Maldives foreign debt crisis, after China borrowing
Colombo (AFP) Feb 7, 2024
The strategically-placed Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives, which has borrowed heavily from China and shifted allegiance from India, is at high risk of "debt distress," the IMF warned Wednesday.


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