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  • ESA targets 2021 for Space Rider demo flight
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    ROME — The European Space Agency expects to carry out the qualification flight of the Space Rider spaceplane in 2021 followed by multiple demonstration missions before handing over the program to industry, according to Lucia Linares, head of ESA space transportation strategy and policy. Speaking at the PhiWeek, a five-day conference... Read more »
  • China developing new launch vehicle for human spaceflight, future moon missions
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      HELSINKI — China unveiled a heavy-lift launch vehicle it is developing to carry a next-generation crewed spacecraft and power human spaceflight missions beyond low Earth orbit. A model of the conceptual design of the unnamed launch vehicle was on display last week at the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition... Read more »
  • ESA preps Earth observation satellite with onboard AI processor
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    ROME — The European Space Agency plans to launch an Earth observation satellite equipped with an artificially intelligent processor that would enable the spacecraft to make decisions regarding what to image and which data to send to the ground. The satellite, currently nicknamed BrainSat, will sport Intel’s Myriad visual data processor... Read more »
  • Inmarsat preps new maritime product to fend off KVH competition
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    WASHINGTON — Satellite operator Inmarsat said it will release a new maritime connectivity product around year’s end to stem the flow of customers to competitor KVH. Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat’s CEO, said Nov. 8 that the company is taking steps to retain customers in its largest market segment, having identified broadband for... Read more »
  • Italian Space Agency head dismissed
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    WASHINGTON — A week after the sudden firing of Roberto Battiston as the head of the Italian Space Agency, the reasons for his ouster remain unclear while a grassroots effort is underway to restore his job. Battiston, who had been president of the Italian Space Agency, or ASI, since 2014, used... Read more »
  • FCC to seek comment on revised orbital debris guidelines
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    WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission will vote this week to consider changes to orbital debris guidelines that could alter deployment plans for some satellite constellations and shorten the orbital lifetime for some experimental satellites. The notice of proposed rulemaking for “Mitigation of Orbital Debris in the New Space Age”, one... Read more »
  • NASA to shut down astrobiology virtual institute
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    WASHINGTON — NASA is planning to replace its two-decade-old virtual institute devoted to astrobiology with a looser network of research teams, a move the agency said reflects the maturity of the field but which has some scientists concerned. In a Nov. 1 statement, NASA said that it will replace the NASA... Read more »

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Launch Date Launch Site Rocket Payload Mission
– 9 March Kourou Ariane 5 ECA Hot Bird 7A, SPAINSAT Communication satellites
– 14 March Vandenberg Pegasus Space Tech 5 3 micro satellites
– 30 March Baikonur Soyuz ISS 12S Expedition 12 crew
– 20 April Cape Canaveral Atlas 5 Astra 1KR Communication satellite
– 10 May Cape Canaveral Discovery STS-121 Manned spaceflight
– 17 May Baikonur Proton-M Hot Bird 8 Communication satellite
– 30 Juin Baikonur Soyuz Fregat METOP Weather satellite
– 22 July Cape Canaveral Delta 2 STEREO Study of the Sun