The first module was launched on November 20, 1998. The energy would be broken down into dihydrogen and gaseous oxygen stored separately in tanks placed in the nacelle. Virgin Galactic Flight Test Program Update: Spaceflight from New Mexico Progress, A new decade of European exploration - to the Moon and Mars, Thales Alenia Space technology and expertise will contribute to the Earth Return Orbiter which will bring Red Planet samples back to Earth, supplying the Communication System, consisting of the elements allowing the data transmission between Earth and ERO and Mars, designing the crucial Orbit Insertion Module (OIM) and related thermo-mechanical, propulsion and electrical architectures.

Read the full statement below. Competitors protest awards to SpaceX and L3Harris for hyperonic weapon tracking satellites, US Space Force launches fourth GPS III satellite, NGA adds small satellite imagery to its unclassified collection, Securing the final frontier: Digital twins, satellites and cybersecurity. At night, the two gases would be recombined, providing water and electricity to power the balloon. WASHINGTON — European launch provider Arianespace completed its first launch of the year Jan. 16, sending two communications satellites into geostationary transfer orbits. Christina Mackenzie is the France correspondent for Defense News. NorthStar Earth and Space, a Canadian company planning a satellite constellation to track other satellites, has selected Thales Alenia Space to build its first satellites.

Source: Thales MONTREAL: Canada’s NorthStar Earth & Space and Thales Alenia Space said on Tuesday they will begin work on a commercial satellite system to combat the threat of collisions in space.

Thales Alenia Space (held 67 percent by Thales and 33 percent by Leonardo) launched development of the 100 meters (328 feet) long “Stratobus” airship in April 2016. Already providing the thermo-mechanical systems for Orion European Service Module as well as the European Space Agency contribution in the Gateway with ESPRIT and I-HAB, Thales Alenia Space is also involved in NASA’s Human Landing System (HLS) initiative, as part of the Dynetics-led consortium recently chosen by NASA as well as in VIPER, the rover that NASA will send to the South Pole of the Moon in search for water. Thales Alenia Space will be responsible for: The Earth Return Orbiter spacecraft is composed by the Return Module and the Orbit Insertion Module.

Within the production consortium, Thales Alenia Space is in charge of making the payload, with Syrlinks as lead subcontractor, while Hemeria is responsible for the platform. Delivery is planned for 2026, with launch the following year. Moreover, Thales Alenia Space has been appointed by the European Space Agency, partnering with OHB Germany, for the engineering and feasibility study of the European Large Logistic Lander (EL3), envisioned as a versatile system that can support a variety of cargo delivery and science missions on the Lunar surface, in the frame of the ARTEMIS programme. The module will be provided by Europe with contributions from the other space Agencies like environmental and life support system from JAXA, avionics and software parts from NASA and robotic components from CSA; the integration of all these elements in I-HAB will leverage on the large experience already acquired by Thales Alenia Space during the ISS Nodes 2 and 3 activities already developed in cooperation. SpaceX will launch Egyptian operator NileSat’s next communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022, SpaceXsaid Jan. 23. The first, named HLCS (Halo Lunar Communication System), ensures the communications between the Gateway and the Moon. It is being implemented  through international cooperation, currently involving NASA (United States), ESA (Europe), JAXA (Japan) and CSA (Canada) with each partner in charge of the development of complementary elements, to be assembled and operated in lunar orbit as from 2024. The Return Module (RM) hosts the NASA payload devoted to the capture of the Martian samples orbiting around Mars, of their containment and delivery to Earth. Through our contributions to the ISS, the Axiom commercial space station and now the lunar space station, we are expanding the possibilities in this field, not only in terms of technology, but also for the safety and comfort of astronauts.”.

The I-HAB will experience for the first time long exposure in the deep space environment, offering the opportunity to test and prove potential design solutions for protection against cosmic radiations.

France has ordered six 70-meter-longer offshore patrol vessels from Socarenam, a shipyard in Boulogne-sur-Mer on the country’s northern coast, to patrol its vast economic exclusive zone. This Gateway, a manned lunar orbital infrastructure, is one of the pillars of NASA’s Artemis program, designed to return humans to the Moon by 2024. This is a French space agency CNES mission coordinated by the company Hemeria, which also supplies the nanosat platform. After the maneuver successfully completed, IOM will be separated from RM in order to save mass prior to the return to Earth. Thales Alenia Space (held 67 percent by Thales and 33 percent by Leonardo) launched development of the 100 meters (328 feet) long “Stratobus” airship in April 2016. CNESESAEutelsatThales Alenia Space, Hispasat Chief Executive Miguel Ángel Panduro said Amazonas Nexus will be “the most dynamic and advanced satellite in our fleet.”, NorthStar orders three satellites to collect space situational awareness data, ESA awards contracts for moon and Mars exploration, Swissto12 and Thales Alenia Space turn to 3D printing for communications satellite parts, Airbus signs $350 million contract to build CRISTAL ice-monitoring satellite for EU, ESA sets stage for three-way competition to build next-generation Galileo constellation, SES taps Thales Alenia Space for final two C-band replacement satellites, Maxar backs away from Telesat LEO competition, Eumetsat shifts two tardy satellites to Ariane 6, Thales Alenia Space wins lion’s share of newly awarded Copernicus contracts, ESA selects prime contractors for six new Copernicus missions, Thales Alenia Space to build two prototype satellites for constellation venture, Four fears satellite manufacturers can’t shake, SpaceX to launch Egyptian satellite in 2022, Arianespace launches Eutelsat, ISRO satellites on first 2020 mission, Hispasat buys GEO satellite from Thales Alenia Space, Crew-1 launch remains on schedule despite Sentinel-6 slip, Moon patrols could be a future reality for Space Force, Top commander of U.S. space forces: Space should be peaceful, bad actors will be held accountable, Former astronaut Mark Kelly wins Senate race in Arizona, World Satellite Business Week Virtual Edition. This pressurized volume will also contain various logistics and other elements for the crew. I-HAB is slated for launch in 2026. NorthStar and Thales Alenia Space begin work on satellites to combat space collisions. It will meet evolving requirements and performances for lighter structures and optimized micrometeorites protection system, evolved docking systems and hatches, enhanced functional and avionic architectures, more efficient thermal control system with deployable radiators to ensure full autonomous capability of heat rejection, innovative conditioning systems. The program will set up sustainable structures on the Moon and in lunar orbit to carry out further human exploration of the surface and various scientific investigations. It is not intended for permanent occupancy, but will be able to host 4-person crews for periods of one to three months. Thales Alenia Space is celebrating its milestone 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS), the most extensive scientific collaboration in history for peaceful purposes.