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Hiya and welcome again to Max Q. Glad Labor Day! As a result of scheduling of the e-newsletter, I’ll have completed scripting this by the point NASA makes the second launch try of the Artemis I mission. By now, you in all probability already know the way it all went down anyway! On this subject:

  • SpaceX lands extra astronaut transportation missions
  • Starlink is coming to Royal Caribbean
  • Information from Axiom Area, Ursa Main and extra

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NASA has finalized an settlement with SpaceX to buy 5 extra astronaut transportation missions to and from the Worldwide Area Station, additional entrenching the area firm’s place because the prime companies vendor for the area company.

The brand new contract — for the Crew-10, Crew-11, Crew-12, Crew-13 and Crew-14 missions — is valued at $1.4 billion. It brings the whole contract worth for all 14 transportation missions, a part of the Business Crew Transportation Functionality (CCtCap) program, to $4.9 billion. The funds embrace use of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to move as much as 4 astronauts, the Falcon 9 rocket for launch and all different return and restoration operations. NASA introduced its intention to order the extra missions in June.

SpaceX Crew Dragon on approach to the ISS.

Picture Credit: SpaceX

Only one month after SpaceX introduced its Starlink Maritime service, Royal Caribbean Cruise Traces mentioned it can add the service to its complete cruise fleet. It’s no shock: The check deployment “acquired super constructive suggestions,” the cruise line mentioned in a press release.

The protection will doubtless be higher than what presently exists on cruise ships right this moment. The service is costing round $5,000 per thirty days, not together with a $10,000 {hardware} price paid upfront.

Picture Credit: Royal Caribbean

Extra information from TC and past

  • ABL Area Programs will fly the RS1 rocket for the primary time as quickly because the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration administers the launch license, founder Dan Piemont mentioned on LinkedIn. 
  • Astra landed a deal with Airbus OneWeb Satellites, the three way partnership that manufactures satellites for OneWeb, to offer Astra Spacecraft Engines for the small satellites constructed by AOS.
  • Axiom Area signed an settlement with NASA for a second absolutely non-public mission to the Worldwide Area Station, to launch within the second quarter of 2023.
  • China’s Ministry of Science and Expertise authorized a efficiency analysis of an in-space nuclear reactor, which might be used for energy and propulsion on spacecraft.
  • Elon Musk mentioned SpaceX is concentrating on 100 orbital flights subsequent 12 months, or a launch cadence of about one mission ever 3.6 days.
  • Firefly Aerospace introduced Invoice Weber, an aerospace govt who was most not too long ago CEO of KeyW Company, as CEO as the corporate appears to its subsequent orbital launch try on September 11.
  • NASA and China are contemplating the identical touchdown websites on the lunar south pole for his or her separate exploration packages.
  • Orbit Fab introduced the pricing for its refueling service for spacecraft in geosynchronous orbit: $20 million for 100 kilograms of hydrazine.
  • Outpost, an organization constructing reusable satellites, closed a $7.1 million seed spherical led by Moonshots Capital, with participation from Draper Associates, Starlight Ventures, Kittyhawk Ventures, AIR Capital, Starburst Ventures, Shasta Ventures and others.
  • Part 4, a startup creating radio-frequency plasma propulsion techniques, mentioned its latest board member is former NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.
  • Rocket Lab accomplished a profitable check fireplace of a reused Rutherford engine for the primary time, taking the corporate one step nearer to creating the Electron rocket absolutely reusable.
  • Skyroot Aerospace raised a $51 million Collection B led by GIC to additional develop its small launchers.
  • SpaceX carried out a static fireplace check of three Raptor engines on the Tremendous Heavy booster for the primary time, a part of the corporate’s check marketing campaign of its ultra-super-heavy launch system Starship.
  • Ursa Main landed a $3.6 million contract with the U.S. Air Pressure to spur the event of the corporate’s 5,000 pound thrust Hadley rocket engine.

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