Eutelsat selects Thales Alenia Space to build a new flexible software-defined satellite

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) (Paris:ETL) has selected Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67 % and Leonardo 33 %) to build a next-generation highly flexible, software-defined satellite (SDS). The Flexsat (for flexible satellite) will be based on Thales Alenia Space’s ...

The PI's Perspective: Extended Mission 2 Begins!

New Horizons remains healthy from its position deep in the Kuiper Belt, even as it speeds farther from the Earth and Sun by about 300 million miles per year! The spacecraft, which began its second extended mission on Oct. ...

Arianespace Ariane 6 to launch Intelsat satellites

Arianespace signed a contract with longtime customer Intelsat to launch two satellite payloads, IS-41 and IS-44, using the heavy-lift Ariane 64 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana in 2025. This agreement repurposes a previous launch contract and adds one ...

Harris, Macron get first look at new James Webb images

French President Emmanuel Macron touted the partnership and cooperation between French and U.S. researchers during a meeting with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Wednesday. Macron and Harris were given the first preview of II ZW 96, a merging of ...

ONERA acquires two satellite platforms from NanoAvionics for its nanosat FlyLab mission

French aerospace lab ONERA (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales) has signed a contract with NanoAvionics, a space mission integrator and satellite manufacturer, for the procurement of two 8U and 6U nanosat platforms, dedicated to ONERA ‘s FlyLab ...

Tiangong space station open to world

Over the past 19 years, from China’s first manned space mission Shenzhou V to the latest Shenzhou XV launch, the nation’s space endeavors have progressed from a single-astronaut mission to the long-term stay of several astronauts in space. The ...

AST SpaceMobile announces pricing of upsized $75M public offering of Class A common stock

AST SpaceMobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTS) has announced the pricing of its previously announced public offering of its Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Class A Common Stock”). The Company has agreed to sell 13,636,364 shares ...

AWS successfully runs AWS compute and machine learning services on an orbiting satellite

at AWS re:Invent 2022, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that it successfully ran a suite of AWS compute and machine learning (ML) software on an orbiting satellite, in a first-of-its-kind space experiment. The experiment, conducted over the past 10 ...

Pulsar Fusion funded by the UK Govt to construct a nuclear based space engine

Pulsar Fusion, a UK rocket company that has seen its advanced space engines tested in the UK and Switzerland earlier this year, has been awarded funding from the UK Space Agency to develop ‘Integrated nuclear fission-based power systems for ...

Geologist studies asteroids and moondust to decode the history of the solar system

Michelle Thompson is a geologist. But while “geo” means earth, she studies things that are decidedly unearthly, or at least extraterrestrial: the moon and asteroids. “I study space weathering: how space environments affect tiny mineral particles on planetary surfaces,” ...

Kayhan Space awarded grant to develop autonomous collision avoidance capabilities in space

Kayhan Space, a leading provider of spaceflight safety solutions, has been awarded the largest in the latest series of advanced industry grants from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) to accelerate development of coordinated autonomous ...

SiriusXM commissions Maxar to build two satellites

Maxar Technologies and SiriusXM (NASDAQ: SIRI) have announced a new agreement commissioning Maxar to build and deliver two new geostationary communications satellites for SiriusXM. The SXM-11 and -12 satellite orders increase the total number of spacecraft in development for ...

Flying an interstellar telescope

Today, he is among the millions of space enthusiasts enjoying the exquisite photography from that instrument that NASA is publishing to give academics as well as armchair astronomers a look back billions of years into the history of the ...

China's six astronauts in two missions make historic gathering in space

The six Chinese astronauts from the Shenzhou XIV and Shenzhou XV missions marked a historic moment on Wednesday as they met inside the country’s Tiangong space station. It was the first time that six Chinese were in a space ...

'Triple-dip' La Nina could continue into March: UN

The exceptionally-long La Nina, which has worsened drought and flooding around the globe, is set to continue into February or even March, the United Nations warned Wednesday. The current La Nina weather phenomenon — the cooling of surface temperatures ...

Ecuador's president plans referendum on security, politics and environment

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso on Tuesday signed a decree calling for a referendum which he hopes will clear the way for the extradition of Ecuadorans linked to organized crime, as well as to reduce the size of Congress. “Ecuadorans ...

Crunch UN biodiversity meeting seeks to save 'planet in crisis'

Delegates from nearly 200 countries meet in Montreal next week to hammer out a new global biodiversity deal to protect ecosystems and species from further human destruction. The meeting follows crucial climate change talks in Egypt in November, where ...

Financing for nature must more than double by 2025: UN report

The world must drastically increase financing for nature-based solutions to meet key climate, biodiversity, and land degradation goals, a United Nations report said Thursday. The report comes as delegates from nearly 200 countries prepare to meet in Montreal next ...

Climate 'tragedy': Vanuatu to relocate 'dozens' of villages

Vanuatu is drawing up plans to relocate “dozens” of villages within the next two years, as they come under threat from rising seas, the Pacific nation’s climate chief told AFP Thursday. Climate Change Minister Ralph Regenvanu said dealing with ...

China has room for further 'recalibration' of zero-Covid policy: IMF

China has room to adjust its strict zero-Covid policy, the IMF said Wednesday, while underlining that the country’s tough virus restrictions have been especially hard on its people. Demonstrations against the measures have erupted across major Chinese cities in ...

China signals zero-Covid relaxation after protests

China’s top Covid official has signalled a possible relaxing of the country’s strict zero-tolerance approach to the virus, after nationwide protests calling for an end to lockdowns and greater political freedom. Anger over China’s zero-Covid policy — which involves ...

India's Bishnoi community, the original eco-warriors

Surrounded by deer and antelopes, Ghevar Ram caressed an injured fawn at a rescue centre run by India’s Bishnoi community, who have been fighting to protect the environment for more than 500 years. Ram, a member of the Hindu ...

French fishing ban unites fishermen, biodiversity activists

A local fishing ban off the southern French coast has won praise from environmentalists and fishermen alike, a rare example of biodiversity protection dovetailing with business interests. Almost two decades after the ban, Cap Roux, a coastal tip of ...

Chile-Bolivia river row set for UN court ruling

The International Court of Justice will give its judgement on Thursday on a climate change-fuelled row between Chile and Bolivia over the use of a crucial cross-border river. Chile took its South American neighbour to the UN’s top court ...

Natural disaster losses hit $115 bn this year: Swiss Re

Natural catastrophes have caused an estimated $115 billion of insured losses in 2022 to date, driven by Hurricane Ian and other extreme weather events, reinsurance giant Swiss Re estimated Thursday. Hurricane Ian, the single largest loss-causing event so far ...

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Clashes in south China as authorities warn of 'crackdown'

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Artemis I Flight Day 15 - Team Polls "Go" For Distant Retrograde Orbit Departure

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Back to the Marker Band - Sols 3667-3668

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What's in a Vein?

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NASA Artemis I – Flight Day 15: Orion Capsule “Go” for Distant Retrograde Orbit Departure

Artist’s impression of Orion over the Moon. Orion was designed to send astronauts further into space than ever before, beyond the Moon to asteroids and even Mars. Credit: NASA/ESA/ATG Medialab On Wednesday, November 30, NASA’s Artemis I mission management team ...

Moon and Jupiter close on December 1

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Saturn’s moon Titan occults star in new images

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Discover the glitch in the universe with All About Space magazine

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Everyone loves black holes, especially when they’re doing classic black hole things like ripping stars apart and consuming them whole. The authors of this month’s paper, led by Fulya Kiroglu from Northwestern University just outside Chicago, use powerful simulations to ...

25 astronomy sights to see in the run-up to Christmas

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