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Evolution Space crosses Karman line, Nuview set to launch lidar satellite constellation, and the smallest-ever GEO satellite lifts off

Precious Weekly: May 1 — 7, 2023

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Gold Chain Cowboy - Evolution Space Completes Successful First Space Mission

Image: Gold Chain Cowboy rocket by Evolution Space

Launch Updates

Hypersonix (🇦🇺Australia/🇺🇸US) plans the first launch of its 3D-printed hypersonic vehicle, DART AE, aboard Rocket Lab’s suborbital HASTE rocket, in 2024. HASTE will help boost DART AE to Mach 5 before it reaches speeds up to Mach 7. [Press Release]


Past flights

Solid propulsion and launch provider Evolution Space (🇺🇸US) completed its first space mission, Gold Chain Cowboy, reaching an apogee of 124.5 km. This accomplishment positions Evolution Space as the 9th privately funded US company to reach space. [Press Release]

On April 30th, a 🚀Falcon Heavy launch carried three satellites into geostationary orbit:

  • Viasat-3 Americas, the largest-ever GEO satellite (6,400 kg),
  • GS-1, the smallest-ever GEO satellite (16U, 22 kg), by Space Inventor (🇩🇰Denmark) and Gravity Space (🇺🇸US),
  • Arcturus, a typical 300 kg telecom satellite by Astranis (🇺🇸US). [LinkedIn]

On May 1, UP Aerospace’s (🇺🇸US) SpaceLoft rocket carrying payloads from NASA’s TechRise Student Challenge and the cremated remains of NASA’s first Australian-born American astronaut Phillip K. Chapman and chemist Louise Ann O’Deen exploded shortly after liftoff from Spaceport America. Celestis (🇺🇸US), the company in charge of the space memorials, stated that their payload remained unharmed and would be relaunched. [Youtube]



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🚀Turion Space (🇺🇸US) has shipped its DROID.001 vehicle for integration onto Falcon 9 ahead of the 🚀Transporter 8 mission in June. The team and suppliers have overcome design, build, integration, testing, and regulatory challenges. Congratulations to Turion on their progress, with the next stop being in orbit! [LinkedIn

Also, to add here, Turion has selected ThrustMe’s (🇫🇷France) iodine electric propulsion system for their next DROID.002 spacecraft. Turion will integrate several NPT30-I2-1.5U thrusters to enable orbit raising and end-of-life disposal for its innovative space-debris observation and characterization mission.[LinkedIn]

🇪🇬Egypt’s 1050 kg EO MisrSat-2 satellite has completed initial testing. It passed stage A, stage B, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) tests, and other subsystem tests at the Egyptian satellite AITC in Egypt. The project is part of a technology transfer initiative between the Egyptian Space Agency and the Chinese government. [AfricanSpace]

HyImpulse (🇩🇪Germany) has made progress towards launching their suborbital sounding rocket, SR75, which is powered by a 75kN hybrid rocket motor using their proprietary “space-grade candle wax” and Liquid Oxygen as propellants. The latest flight-qualified hybrid rocket motor test met design goals and is ready for the first flight. [Youtube]



Nuview, a 🇺🇸US-based geospatial technology company, plans to launch a proof-of-concept satellite, Mr. Spoc, before deploying its 20 satellite constellation, equipped with proprietary lidar technology, to map Earth’s land surface annually. After demonstrating its tech, the company aims to launch the constellation in tranches of five, with 18-month intervals between launches. [TechCrunch]

RIDE! Space (🇫🇷France) has partnered with Exotrail (🇫🇷France) to streamline access to the latter’s Spacedrop in-orbit logistic service, utilizing the Spacevan OTV, through RIDE! Space’s launch-on-demand platform. [LinkedIn]

Omarichet.space (🇰🇪Nairobi) has developed the Edusat MVP, a 1-U cubesat for space education, showcasing satellite construction using local components after participating in UNISEC Global’s HEPTA-Sat training in Japan. [LinkedIn]

Exo-Space (🇺🇸US) has delivered its FeatherEdge Data Processing Platform to Sidus Space (🇺🇸US) for integration into LizzieSat, with no information on a launch date provided. The platform enables ultra-low latency insights for customers and offers a robust computing environment in space. The collaboration aims to test the device in a space environment and pave the way for future missions. [The Journal of Space Commerce]



Advent International and BCI Corp. have completed the $6.4B acquisition of satellite imaging and manufacturing company Maxar Technologies (🇺🇸US). Consequently, Maxar is now officially private, and its stock has ceased trading on NYSE. [SpaceNews]


The Australian government aims to triple the size of its domestic space sector by 2030 and is eyeing the US as a key partner. A report by KPMG and the American Chamber of Commerce suggests 🇦🇺Australia’s space sector should focus on specializations like remote robotics and quantum science for space technology, working with US primes to tap into the global space sector, and shortening the time between starting and commercializing a project. The report states that Australia’s space sector exported $94m worth of goods and services to the US in 2020, and predicts exports could reach $394m annually by 2030. [Space&Defence]

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