The UK Space Agency has tapped in-orbit servicing start-up ClearSpace to research satellite refueling, taking a step toward the British agency’s commitment last fall to invest in space sustainability.
The news of Russia pursuing a new ASAT capability comes nearly two years after its invasion of Ukraine, which sparked international sanctions that harmed the nation’s economy and placed a strain on its once-great space program.
The UK Space Agency will invest £7.4M ($9.3M) into joint projects with India, Japan, Canada, and the US that will pave the way for exploration of the Moon and Mars, the agency announced Wednesday.
BlackSky inked ~$50M-worth of contracts with the Indonesian Ministry of Defense to provide the agency access to the company’s commercial space-based intelligence, with plans to build a sovereign capability for the country down the road.
Historically, Middle Eastern nations haven’t led the pack when it comes to impressive space tech or exploration, but that’s beginning to change as several space agencies in the region invest to realize their ambitious goals in orbit.
The National Space Council is meeting tomorrow to discuss international partnerships in orbit, so today we’re taking a look back at how the Biden administration has worked with allies in space so far this year.
The UK Space Agency awarded £6.7M ($8.6M) to two small launch startups that plan to lift off from UK spaceports.