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Archive for January 2nd, 2019

New Horizons successfully explores Ultima Thule

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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew past Ultima Thule in the early hours of New Year’s Day, ushering in the era of exploration from the enigmatic Kuiper Belt.

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Osiris-REX enters close orbit around asteroid Bennu

January 2nd, 2019 by

On 31 December , NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, 110 million kilometers away, carried out a single, eight-second burn of its thrusters – and entered into orbit around the asteroid Bennu, which thus became the smallest object ever to be orbited by a spacecraft.

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Chang’e-4 changes orbit to prepare for moon-landing

January 2nd, 2019 by

China’s Chang’e-4 probe has entered a planned orbit to prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.

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Maxar Technologies completes U.S. domestication

January 2nd, 2019 by

Maxar Technologies Inc. announced the completion of its statutory plan of arrangement, pursuant to which the ultimate parent company of Maxar Technologies Ltd. (“Maxar Canada”) became an entity incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in the United States of America (the “U.S. domestication”).

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Bradford Space acquires Deep Space Industries

January 2nd, 2019 by

Bradford Space, a U.S.-owned space systems manufacturer with locations in the Netherlands and Sweden, announced that it has acquired control over Deep Space Industries, Inc., often known as DSI.

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India approves $1.4Bln for manned spaceflight to be launched in 2022

January 2nd, 2019 by

The Indian government has approved a fund of around US$1.4 billion for its ambitious manned spaceflight (Gaganyaan Programme) that is to be launched within the next 40 months. The spacecraft will be launched to the low Earth orbit for a duration ranging from one orbital period to a maximum of seven days.

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