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NASA’s new space telescope reaches destination in solar orbit (Steve Gorman, Reuters)

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, designed to give the world an unprecedented glimpse of infant galaxies in the early stages of the universe, arrived at its gravitational parking spot in orbit around the sun on Monday, nearly a million miles from Earth. With a final five-minute, course-correcting thrust of its onboard rocket, Webb reached its […]

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‘Amazing milestone’: James Webb Telescope fully deployed in space (Al Jazeera)

The James Webb Space Telescope has completed a tricky two-week-long deployment phase, unfolding its huge, gold-plated, flower-shaped mirror panel as it readies to study every phase of cosmic history. Engineering teams at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, cheered on Saturday as NASA announced on Twitter that the final portion of the 6.5-metre […]

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China completes 1st in-orbit spacecraft transposition test with space station’s robotic arm (Fan Anqi, Global Times)

China conducted a successful transposition test of its space station’s cargo craft Tianzhou-2 using a home-developed robotic arm early Thursday morning. China completes 1st in-orbit spacecraft transposition test with space station’s robotic arm – Global Times

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Turismo spaziale, la russa Suborbital lancia la sfida a Musk e Bezos (Nicola Desiderio, CorCom)

Il C-21, nuovo modulo di trasporto per i passeggeri, raggiungerà un’altitudine massima di 101 km, portando con sé un pilota e due cosmoturisti che potranno godere di una perfetta visibilità della Terra, con 3 minuti di assenza di gravità Turismo spaziale, Suborbital Corporation lancia la sfida a Musk e Bezos (corrierecomunicazioni.it)

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Stazione spaziale internazionale, gli Usa rimarranno a bordo fino al 2030 (Nicola Desiderio, CorCom)

La Casa Bianca alla ricerca di nuove collaborazioni per prorogare la propria presenza nel progetto. Ma prima del via libera definitivo sarà necessario un passaggio legislativo per estendere la durata del Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act Stazione spaziale internazionale, gli Usa prorogano l’impegno al 2030 (corrierecomunicazioni.it)

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How the U.S. can quickly build greater resiliency in space (Sarah Miniero, SpaceNews)

Vice President Harris’s chairmanship of the first National Space Council under the Biden administration earlier this month is a welcome step toward a whole-of-government approach for securing the space domain for the U.S. economy, military and civil society. Such an approach is urgently needed, as the last two months have shown: China conducted a hypersonic glide vehicle test and […]

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U.S. military looking to build lasting relationships with commercial space industry (Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews)

The U.S. military wants to buy more products and services from commercial space companies. This is easier said than done, however, as the Pentagon is still trying to figure out how to work with the new space sector and attract suppliers that have not traditionally pursued government contracts, officials said Dec. 14 at TechCrunch Sessions: Space […]

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No decision yet on where to build OneWeb second-generation satellites (Jeff Foust, SpaceNews)

A week after a OneWeb executive told British officials that the company would move production of its second generation of satellites to the United Kingdom, another executive said the company has yet to decide where it will build those satellites. At a Dec. 8 hearing by the U.K. Parliament’s science and technology committee, Chris McLaughlin, chief […]

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Don’t wait for a disaster: Industry-led space traffic management (Benjamin Staats, SpaceNews)

​In 1956, a mid-air collision between two commercial planes above the Grand Canyon killed all 128 passengers. The rapid growth of commercial air traffic combined with a lag in air traffic control (ATC) improvements made such a disaster inevitable. Federal budget cuts prevented the government-operated ATC framework from establishing the necessary radar systems to improve air […]

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Stoke Space raises $65 million for reusable launch vehicle development (Jeff Foust, SpaceNews)

Stoke Space raised $65 million in a Series A round announced Dec. 15, funding development and testing of the upper stage of a reusable launch vehicle. The company, based in the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington, said Breakthrough Energy Ventures led the round. Several other new investors also joined the round, including Spark Capital, Point72 […]

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Raytheon wins $67 million U.S. Space Force contract to build weather satellite prototype (Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews)

Raytheon Technologies received a $67 million contract from the U.S. Space Force to build a weather satellite to provide imagery of cloud cover and other data needed for military operations, the company announced Dec. 15. Raytheon wins $67 million U.S. Space Force contract to build weather satellite prototype – SpaceNews

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The missing element of the first National Space Council meeting of the Biden administration (Jeff Foust, SpaceNews)

If the Biden administration’s space policy has a theme after nearly one year, it’s one of continuity. The White House has avoided major changes in civil or national security space, keeping in place NASA’s Artemis program to return humans to the moon (albeit with delays that were inevitable given available funding and technical issues) as […]