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Defense Military Space USA

Air Force research lab signs agreement with ‘gas-stations-in-space’ company (Nathan Strout, Defense News)

The Air Force Research Laboratory signed a research agreement with a company pioneering orbital refueling stations for spacecraft, signaling the military’s interest in using the technology to keep satellites on orbit longer.

While satellites frequently outlive their anticipated service lives, the finite amount of fuel they can carry often brings their orbital careers to an end. In recent years, companies have begun piloting and offering on-orbit services to provide supplemental fuel or towing services to further extend the lives of satellites. The most high-profile example is SpaceLogistics, a Northrop Grumman company that is currently using Mission Extension Vehicles that attach to satellites and act as a supplemental fuel source to maneuver through orbit.

Air Force research lab signs agreement with ‘gas-stations-in-space’ company (defensenews.com)

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Space USA

Space Perspective raises $40 million for stratospheric ballooning system (Jeff Foust, Space News)

Space Perspective, a company developing a stratospheric ballooning system intended to give people views like those from space, has raised $40 million to fund the company through the start of commercial operations.

Space Perspective announced Oct. 14 the Series A round, led by Prime Movers Lab, a “deep technology” venture capital fund. Several existing investors joined the round, along with new investors LightShed Ventures, a consumer and media VC fund, and Explorer 1 Fund, a new commercial space VC fund.

Space Perspective raises $40 million for stratospheric ballooning system – SpaceNews

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Space

Maxar still confident Legion constellation will be in orbit in 2022 (Sandra Erwin, Space News)

Maxar remains confident that it will launch all six of its next-generation WorldView Legion imaging satellites in 2022, 

“We anticipate all six to be on orbit next year,” Tony Frazier, Maxar’s executive vice president of global field operations, told SpaceNews at the 2021 GEOINT Symposium.

Frazier said he could not provide specific target launch dates for the first launch of a batch of two satellites, and a second batch of four satellites, both aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. Up until a few months ago, the company had projected that these launches would happen in 2021. In August Maxar CEO Dan Jablonski revealed to investors during an earnings call that the first launch was being delayed to 2022.

Maxar still confident Legion constellation will be in orbit in 2022 – SpaceNews

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Space USA

The Great Unknowns of Space (John “Jay” Raymond, Peter W. Singer, New America)

Whether it’s UFOs, military weaponry in space, or just too-close-for-comfort encounters between satellites, the frontiers of space can spark imaginations and heighten our fear of the unknown. But ever since the early days of the Space Race, technology in space — from communications technology to its impact on pop culture — has become an essential part of modern life.

With the formation of the Space Force in 2019, space officially became a domain with a dedicated U.S. military service branch. This September, New America hosted the first Chief of Space Operations, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, during the 2021 Future Security Forum, 20×20: Redefining National Security for 2040. In conversation with New America Senior Fellow & Strategist Peter W. Singer, Gen. Raymond laid out what he believed the next 20 years of the new Space Force would look like, his vision of space as an avenue to deter conflict, and the challenge of defining norms of behavior in space. As Gen. Raymond puts it, “There’s nothing that we do that isn’t enabled by space.”

The Great Unknowns of Space (newamerica.org)

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Space

Only around 1 in 5 space industry workers are women (UN News)

To highlight this and other issues surrounding the push for gender equality, Women in Space, has been chosen as the theme for this year’s World Space Week, which began on Monday.

The goal is to bring more awareness to the issue of gender diversity and identify the obstacles that women are facing when entering space-related careers and contribute to discussions on ending disparities.

The UN also wants to show how women from different backgrounds and regions, face different issues and challenges within the industry.

Only around 1 in 5 space industry workers are women  | | UN News

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Space

First Copernicus satellite exceeds design working life (ESA)

This week marks seven years since the very first satellite that ESA built for the European Union’s Copernicus programme started delivering data to monitor the environment. The Sentinel-1A satellite has shed new light on our changing world and has been key to supplying a wealth of radar imagery to aid disaster response. While this remarkable satellite may have been designed for an operational life of seven years, it is still going strong and fully expected to be in service for several years to come.

ESA – First Copernicus satellite exceeds design working life

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Space USA

Space Force awards $88 million in contracts for launch system prototyping (Nathan Strout, Defense News)

The Space Force issued four awards worth a combined $88 million as an investment in next-generation rocket capabilities, Space Systems Command announced Sept. 24.

Space Force awards $88 million in contracts for launch system prototyping (defensenews.com)

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Defense Space UK

New UK space strategy sets the stage for defense investments (Andrew Chuter, Defense News)

Britain gave a broad view of where the country is heading in the defense space sector as it launched a national space strategy Sept. 27, but details about London’s military ambitions were largely absent from the document.

New UK space strategy sets the stage for defense investments (defensenews.com)

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Space

Microgravity on demand with Earth return through ESA’s Boost! (ESA)

A new six-month round-trip commercial space transportation service from 2022, backed by ESA, will enable companies to manufacture in space very pure and more capable materials, discover new pharmaceutical drugs and bring them back for use on Earth.

ESA – Microgravity on demand with Earth return through ESA’s Boost!

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