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Archive for September 16th, 2020

ULA to stop using RD-180 rocket engine in mid-2020s

September 16th, 2020 by

United Launch Alliance (ULA) plans to end operation of the Atlas V launch vehicle with the Russian RD-180 engine in the mid-2020s, Julie Arnold, an ULA spokeswoman, was quoted as saying.

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AEHF-6 completes in-orbit testing

September 16th, 2020 by

The sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) protected communications satellite successfully completed in-orbit tests on 27 August 2020.

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Kratos announces space domain awareness services

September 16th, 2020 by

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced it will begin offering data services to characterise spacecraft in Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO). This has great value for Space Domain Awareness (SDA) and will be offered to government and commercial organisations internationally, the company said.

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Hayabusa2 gets new mission

September 16th, 2020 by

The unmanned Hayabusa2 probe will explore the asteroid 1998KY26 after completing its current mission of delivering a capsule believed to be containing samples of sand from the asteroid Ryugu to Earth, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said.

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Russia developing nuclear powered space tug

September 16th, 2020 by

By the end of 2020, Russia’s state space corporation Roskosmos will sign a contract to design the Nuklon space complex, which includes a space tug fitted with a nuclear reactor, said Alexander Bloshenko, the director of advanced programmes and science at Roskosmos.

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Big find! Scientists spot giant alien planet orbiting close to dead star’s corpse

September 16th, 2020 by

Astronomers have spotted signs of an intact giant planet circling a superdense stellar corpse known as a white dwarf, a new study reports.

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