Loft Orbital Announces inSpace Mission Partner Program to Standardize Access to Space

A Loft Orbital-owned and -operated microsatellite, flying multiple customer payloads onboard as a service. (Credit: Loft Orbital Solutions Inc.)

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 6, 2018 (Loft Orbital Solutions PR) — Loft Orbital Solutions, a provider of Space Infrastructure as a Service, announced this week that it has signed agreements with over 20 companies to join its inSpace Mission Partner Program as inaugural members.

inSpace partners are companies across the space value chain with whom Loft Orbital will collaborate for its end-to-end space mission offering. These partners span Satellite Bus, Launch Services, Ground Segment Services, Payload and Data Analytics. Each partner’s product has been validated for compatibility with Loft Orbital’s technology.

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ESA Tests Largest Mars Parachute

KIRUNA, Sweden (ESA PR) — The largest parachute ever to fly on a Mars mission has been deployed in the first of a series of tests to prepare for the upcoming ExoMars mission that will deliver a rover and a surface science platform to the Red Planet.

The spacecraft that will carry them is due for launch in July 2020, with arrival at Mars in March 2021. The rover will be the first of its kind to drill below the surface and determine if evidence of life is buried underground, protected from the destructive radiation that impinges the surface today.

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Swedish Space Corporation Sells NanoSpace

Swedish Space CorporationSOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has sold 100% of the shares of NanoSpace AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of SSC, to GS Sweden AB (publ), the parent company of GomSpace ApS.

NanoSpace, a provider of novel MEMS based technologies and propulsion systems for nanosatellites, started its operation in 2005 and has been a fully owned subsidiary of SSC since 2006. In the wake of SSC revised strategy to become a leading global provider of advanced space services, NanoSpace needed to become part of a leading technology development group with global reach. Current exciting industry trends with a propelling interest in small satellites as well as the success of NanoSpace development made Gome Space a good new home for NanoSpace.

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Review Suggests Upgrading Esrange for Smallsat Launches

Swedish Space CorporationSOLNA, Sweden (Swedish Space Corporation PR) — On Monday, 17 October, the results of a Swedish Governmental Offices analysis regarding development of the potential capacity at Esrange towards launching of small satellites was briefed to the Space Minister of Sweden.

Mr Jan Nygren, who is responsible for the analysis, recommended the Government to further work on realization of the opportunities. He commented the report by saying that Esrange current capability provide good basic prerequisites that could be further developed in a cost effective way to establish a facility for launching small satellites.

Mr Jan Nygren is a former Minister of Coordination and secretary of state within the Swedish Government and former Vice President of SAAB AB. The coming weekend, Mr Nygren and the Space Minister of Sweden Helen-Hellmark Knutsson will participate at Executive Roundtable held in Kiruna within the celebration of the Esrange 50 year anniversary.

– At SSC we are happy that the Swedish government are working on the opportunities for Esrange and that the results so far seem to be positive, says Stefan Gustafsson, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Sustainable Business.

SSC Looks to Sell NanoSpace Shares to GomSpace

ssc_logoSOLNA, Sweden, August 19, 2016 (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with GomSpace, parent company of GomSpace ApS, regarding the potential sale of 100% of SSC’s shares in its Swedish subsidiary NanoSpace AB.

The LOI contains broad terms of a potential transaction with the right for GomSpace to conduct a due diligence investigation and the acquisition is conditional upon both parties entering into a definite agreement containing specific signing and closing terms and conditions yet to be negotiated.

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SSC and Millennium Space Systems Team on Upcoming ALTAIR Launch

Swedish Space CorporationSOLNA, Sweden, Aug. 08, 2016 (SSC PR) – Officials with SSC, the Swedish Space Corporation, and Millennium Space Systems of El Segundo, Calif., today announced they are teaming together on the first-ever ALTAIR launch to provide customization and rapid constellation production for Millennium’s customers.

The ALTAIR spacecraft, a high performance space system for LEO, GEO and deep space missions, will launch on a SpaceX Dragon as part of an International Space Station (ISS) Commercial Resupply mission in the next 90 days. Once onboard the ISS, the 6U-ALTAIR spacecraft will be launched via the NanoRacks deployment system.

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SSC Unveils SSC Infinity for Small Satellites and Constellations

SSC_InfinityCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (SSC PR) — SSC, a global provider of advanced space services, today unveiled SSC Infinity, a new ground operations service that offers customers full flexibility for small satellites and constellations. The new endeavor aims to lower costs while providing reliability to the SmallSat and CubeSat market. SSC has begun installing new small aperture antennas as part of its Universal Space Network expansion. The service’s launch was the highlight of SSC’s presence at the 32nd Space Symposium.

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NASA to Test and Evaluate ECAPS Green Propulsion Technology

ssc_logoSOLNA, Sweden (ECAPS PR) — The Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have signed a bilateral cooperative agreement for NASA to test and evaluate the 5-Newton and 22-Newton High Performance Green Propulsion (HPGP) thrusters developed by ECAPS, an SSC Group company. A unique satellite propulsion technology, HPGP is based on an environmentally-friendly propellant that is a much safer alternative to the highly toxic and carcinogenic substance hydrazine, which is presently the most common liquid monopropellant used on satellites.

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ESA Developing “Green” Thruster Fuel

Engineers dressed in Self-Contained Atmospheric Protective Ensemble, or SCAPE suits, prepare to fuel Planck with liquid hydrazine on 15 April 2009. Credits: ESA-CNES-Arianespace/Optique Vidéo du CSG - P. Baudon

“Unfortunately hydrazine is also highly corrosive and extremely toxic. When leaked into the environment, it degrades in a few days but has the potential to harm plants and marine life, while exposure is considered harmful to people at just 50 parts per million.

Seeking an alternative, ESA has been working with a company called ECAPS, part of the Swedish Space Corporation Group, to build and test a thruster that runs on a safer, more environmentally friendly fuel.”

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Swedish Space Corp. Acquires Universal Space Network

Swedish Space Corporation

SSC PRESS RELEASE

The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), a global provider of mission critical systems and services to the space and aerospace markets, has received all necessary approvals from the U.S. Government and has completed the acquisition of U.S.-based Universal Space Network (USN), a leader in space operations for telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) services. USN will operate as a U.S Corporation and subsidiary of SSC with no change to its operation or organization.

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Swedish Space Corporation Buys U.S.-Based Universal Space Network

SSC PRESS RELEASE

The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Universal Space Network (USN) have reached an agreement in which SSC will acquire all the shares of US-based USN. The two companies have been working in close cooperation for the last ten years, providing satellite owners with access to a cohesive network of ground stations that provide near-global coverage of any spacecraft orbit. PrioraNet, the trademarked name of this worldwide satellite tracking service, has successfully supported civil space, commercial and public missions since 1999.

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Virgin Galactic to Select Scandinavian Travel Agents to Market Space Tourism Flights

SPACEPORT SWEDEN PRESS RELEASE

Today, at a press conference at Spaceport Sweden in Kiruna, Virgin Galactic announced its plans to select a small number of Scandinavia’s elite travel professionals to act as its representatives across the region and to lead the way in enabling aspiring astronauts to realise their dreams of experiencing space.

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Kiruna Spaceport Advances; Update Planned for April 1

Spaceport Sweden and Virgin Galactic officials will provide an update on their efforts at creating a spaceport in Kiruna, Sweden on April 1. Below is the official announcement.

SWEDISH SPACE CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE

Many steps towards personal suborbital spaceflight from Kiruna have been taken. To be precise 26 work packages, regarding everything from accommodation to space operations and astronauts’ timetables, have successfully been accomplished during the last 14 months. The Spaceport Sweden team will present the conclusions of the work packages so far and also the way forward.

Virgin Galactic has also been intensely involved in the above mentioned work packages, and has simultaneously focused on several other current topics. Will Whitehorn, president of Virgin Galactic will be providing latest information on the recently unveiled designs of the prototype commercial space ship and carrier aircraft which are now close to completion at Scaled Composites in Mojave California. He will also be sharing the vision for Virgin Galactic including the likely diversification of the business into the areas of space science and payload deployment as well as continuing work towards flights from Spaceport Sweden.

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