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First Hall-effect electric propulsion cubesat launched

The first ever cube satellite with a hall-effect electric propulsion has been launched by Exotrail.

This allows the cubesat to perform advanced and automatic manoeuvres.

Exotrail paves the way for new space mobility with
first of its kind successful in-orbit demonstration mission

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Virgin Orbit first satellites launched

Virgin Orbit has launched its first set of satellites into space which is great news for small satellite operators.

Congratulations to the team and Sir Richard Branson!

BBC News: Branson’s Virgin rocket takes satellites to orbit

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Instruments installed on Euclid spacecraft

The instruments for the ESA Euclid space telescope, scheduled for launch in 2022, have been integrated after passing the qualification and acceptance review. Congratulations to the team!

https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/12/Instruments_installed_on_Euclid_spacecraft

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SWE Portal 3.2.0 Release Note

The Space Weather Service Network Portal has been updated.

https://swe.ssa.esa.int/release-notes-3.2

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Gaia Early Data Release 3

The latest data collected from the Gaia spacecraft has been released.

Basically a 3D space catalog with billions of astronomical objects.

https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Gaia/Gaia_s_new_data_takes_us_to_the_Milky_Way_s_anticentre_and_beyond