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Six new Boeing solar arrays to power International Space Station

Boeing is to deliver six additional solar arrays to NASA for the International Space Station. The new arrays will increase the on-board laboratory’s power supply and installation is scheduled to begin in 2021. The new 63-foot-by-20-foot (19-meter-by-6-meter) arrays will together produce 120 kilowatts of electricity via the sun’s energy, says Boeing. They will combine with ...

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NASA and JAXA agree on Lunar Gateway life support systems

NASA and JAXA (the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have confirmed the Japanese will be working on critical life support systems within the Lunar Gateway, the next-generation replacement for the international space station. Under the agreement, Japan will be working on the Gateway’s International Habitation module (I-Hab), which is where the crew will live, work, and ...

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Thales Alenia Space to lead on on-orbit servicing EROSS+

Thales Alenia Space has been confirmed by the European Commission to develop work around the use of space robotics, involving the on-orbit servicing of space vehicles, a phase of work dubbed EROSS+. It builds on EROSS (European Robotic Orbital Support Services) and the idea is to support a range of operations in orbit, including controlled ...

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Digi-Key signs LogiSwitch for switch debounce with Arduino

Digi-Key Electronics has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with LogiSwitch, makers of the Arduino-friendly NoBounce line of ICs and switches. The company writes: LogiSwitch’s adaptive NoBounce technology eliminates the problem of having switch bounce regardless of the duration of the bounce. The designer does not have to worry about the impact of switch degradation over ...

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Intelsat signs up for OneSat satellites for inflight internet

Intelsat is buying two more OneSat satellites from Airbus Space Systems, operating in multiple frequency bands. They are due to be delivered in 2023. The geostationary satellites will help provide communications services, for example in the aviation connectivity business. Under the terms of the contract, Airbus will deliver an “end-to-end fully integrated solution”, including design ...

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ESA confirms Thales Alenia Space to build European Gateway modules

The ESA has signed a €296.5m contract with France’s Thales Alenia Space to start building the European element for the Lunar Gateway, the planned replacement for the International Space Station. The work will provide the new space exploration facility with communications and refuelling capabilities. Specifically, the European System Providing Refueling, Infrastructure and Telecommunications (ESPRIT), will ...

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Virgin Orbit reschedules second test flight of LauncherOne rocket

Virgin Orbit has rescheduled the second test flight of its LauncherOne rocket for this Sunday, 10 January (10am Pacific Time). The mission will launch the CubeSats of NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) mission. These will be the first payload to be carried by the rocket into space. The LauncherOne will take off from the ...

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Lockheed Martin wins $4.9bn contract for missile warning satellites

Lockheed Martin Space has been awarded a $4.934bn contract for the manufacturing, assembly, integration, test and delivery of three Next Generation Geosynchronous (NGG) Earth orbiting space vehicles (SVs). The company was previously chosen to develop the SVs back in August 2018, receiving $2.9bn. Work is expected to be completed by 31 May 2028, and they ...

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SPRINT backs UK five space tech projects

The UK’s Space Research and Innovation Network for Technology (SPRINT) – via funding from the UK Space Agency – is supporting five new space projects involving industry and university collaboration. The universities involved are Edinburgh, Leicester and Southampton, and the startup companies are Absolar, ArchAI, Geospace Agricultural, Redshift, Trade in Space and XCAM. The aims ...

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