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NASA Gives Boost to “Hybrid” Circulators, Launching mmWave Systems to New Heights

Joy Finnegan

For both space and terrestrial mmWave applications, new hybrid designs enable maximum use of bandwidth while maintaining high isolation. When it comes to mmWave systems, science can only progress as far as compatible hardware will allow. This portion of the electromagnetic spectrum will unlock enormous potential for design engineers with the promise of vastly superior…

Momentus Completes All Regulatory Milestones for Inaugural Mission

Joy Finnegan

U.S. commercial space company Momentus, that also plans to offer transportation and other in-space infrastructure services, announced that it has received a favorable determination from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of its application for payload review in support of the company’s inaugural flight of the Vigoride orbital transfer vehicle on the upcoming SpaceX Transporter-5 mission…

Inflatable Space Habitats Use Sensors Embedded in Webbing for Structural Health Monitoring

Joy Finnegan

By Ted Fetterman Future human space exploration requires a safe living environment for astronauts. That is why a robust structural health monitoring (SHM) process is imperative to ensure equipment safety, particularly for the inflatable habitat structures that are the most cost-efficient solution to the astronauts’ living space needs. A novel approach is moving away from…

GMV Provides Core Software for German Armed Forces’ SSA Center

Joy Finnegan

The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has recently awarded a contract to Atos and OHB DC to supply the “Space Situational Awareness Center Expansion Stage 1” (Weltraumlagezentrum, WRLageZ, Ausbaustufe 1) to the German Federal Armed Forces. This system, located in Uedem, will enable the German Armed Forces to…

Winners Announced for Lunar Exploration with a Miniaturized Payload Prototype Challenge

Joy Finnegan

HeroX, the open marketplace for crowdsourced solutions, announced the winners of the “Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload, the Sequel” Challenge. The Challenge sought designs for miniature payload prototypes that could be sent to the Moon to help fill gaps in lunar knowledge. he first “Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload Challenge” launched on April…

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st Bid to Catch, Recover Booster With Helicopter’>Rocket Maker Fails in 1st Bid to Catch, Recover Booster With Helicopter

James McKenna

Space company Rocket Lab failed May 3 in its first bid to catch and recover a launched rocket by a helicopter in midair off New Zealand, but said the attempt provided valuable data that will feed its effort to make the rocket model reusable. Long Beach, California-headquartered Rocket Lab’s two-stage Electron booster lifted off at…

MetOp-SG-B Weather Satellite Scatterometer Flies Through Tests

MetOp-SG-B Weather Satellite Scatterometer Flies Through Tests

Joy Finnegan

The flight model of the Scatterometer Antenna Subsystem (SAS) of the MetOp Second Generation meteorological satellites has been officially delivered after four months of extensive testing at the Airbus facility in Madrid. It will now be transferred to Airbus in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where it will be integrated into the satellite along with the other instruments….

Boryung, Axiom Space and Starburst Aerospace Announce First Annual Care In Space Challenge

Joy Finnegan

Global aerospace accelerator and advisory firm Starburst announced that applications have opened for the first annual CIS (Care in Space) Challenge. The global challenge, led by Boryung in collaboration with Axiom Space and Starburst, will identify and provide commercialization support for emerging technologies and solutions that optimize human health for space travel and habitation and/or…

Unison Industries Signs Agreement with Blue Origin for BE-7, BE-3U and BE-4 Ignition Systems

Joy Finnegan

Unison Industries announced a long-term agreement with Blue Origin to design, manufacture, test and support ignition systems for Blue Origin’s BE-7, BE-3U and BE-4 engines. The BE-4 engine, the world’s most powerful liquid oxygen/liquified natural gas engine, powers Blue Origin’s New Glenn and United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan launch vehicles. Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle is…

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