Precious Payload Weekly Smallsat News: May 2 – 8
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🇺🇸Rocket Lab’s “There And Back Again Mission” completed a mid-air capture of the Electron booster with a helicopter, though the booster was released after capture.
🇬🇧Skyrora has urged Iceland’s government to provide the licensing for the launch of Europe’s largest-ever suborbital rocket from Husavik.
🇨🇳Deep Blue Aerospace successfully tested its small rocket test stage in a VTVL test flight to develop the entire Nebula-1 rocket with a recoverable first stage.
🇰🇷Innospace to make the first suborbital test launch of its HANBIT-TLV rocket in December, from the Alcântara Space Center in Brazil. It will carry a Brazilian military payload.
🇰🇷NaraSpace raises $7.88M to manufacture optical nanosatellites for remote sensing. They plan to launch its first two technology demonstration satellites into LEO on SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets in the first half and second half of 2023, respectively. [Source]
🇫🇷HyPrSpace raises €1.1M to accelerate the development of its OB-1 reusable launcher that uses hybrid propulsion. [Source]
🇺🇸USSF’s SpaceWERX selects 125 teams to contract $250,000 each for the initial phase of the Orbital Prime program that aims to develop advanced technologies for debris removal and on-orbit services. [Source]
🇩🇰GomSpace wins contract worth $998,048 from 🇳🇴KSAT to create, deliver and support the Mission Control System for its Arctic Weather Satellite project, whose first satellite will be launched in 2024. [Source]
🇦🇺Gilmour Space Technologies wins a $15M partnership with Australia’s Department of Defence to develop and launch a surveillance satellite. [Source]
🇺🇸Phantom Space Corporation will purchase more than 200 rocket engines from 🇺🇸Ursa Major. Phantom’s first version Daytona rocket is slated for orbital launch in 2023. [Source]
🇯🇵iQPS Inc. signed an agreement with 🇺🇸Virgin Orbit to launch their EO constellation aboard LauncherOne by 2023. [Source]
🇮🇳Dhruva Space and 🇺🇸Sidus Space signs an MoU to explore collaborations related to satellites, mission operations centers, ground stations, space-related hardware and software, and other technologies. [Source]
🇩🇪Vyoma ties up with 🇫🇷Atos to create a database that gives satellite operators access to real-time tracking from a network of space-based sensors beginning next year. [Source]
🇦🇷Satellogic to launch 68 more satellites with SpaceX to increase its constellation capacity. [Source]
🇯🇵Astroscale’s two debris-removal satellites of its ELSA-d mission come in a close approach despite its thruster propulsion issues. [Source]
🇺🇸Blue Canyon Technologies launches its first 12U satellite bus, Ascent, to GEO by the Air Force Research Laboratory as part of the U.S. Space Force’s Test Program-3 mission. [Source]
🇺🇸Tomorrow.io aims to launch its radar satellite constellation on time by the end of 2024 despite the latest addition of microwave sensors. [Source]
🇧🇬EnduroSat and 🇱🇺Mission Space sign a contract to launch a 24-payload space weather monitoring constellation. [Source]
🇺🇸Echostar declares a delay in Jupiter-3 satellite launch from 🇺🇸Maxar Technologies’ side for launch in 2022 aboard Falcon 9. [Source]
🇫🇷Unseen Labs launched its recent two satellites, with SpaceX and RocketLab, making the total to 7 for the geolocation of vessels at sea. [Source]
🇺🇸NanoAvionics gets selected to build a 12U nanosatellite bus for NASA’s solar sail demonstration for deep space missions. [Source]
🇨🇦Telesat downsizes its Lightspeed constellation order with 🇫🇷Thales from 298 to 198 satellites due to rising costs and delays. [Source]
DARPA invites ideas for designing, developing, fabricating, and assembling a nuclear thermal rocket engine. It plans to develop a nuclear-thermal rocket engine for demonstration by 2026 under the DRACO program. [Source]