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NASA selects Discovery mission finalists
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:23 AM ET (1323 GMT)
NASA has selected four finalists for its next round of the Discovery program of planetary science missions. The four concepts announced Thursday include two missions to Venus, one to Jupiter's volcanic moon Io and one to Triton, Neptune's largest moon. Each concept will receive $3 million for a nine-month concept study, and NASA plans to select one or two of the missions in 2021 for launch in the mid to late 2020s.

Astranis raises $90 million for small GEO satellites
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:22 AM ET (1322 GMT)
Small GEO satellite manufacturer Astranis has raised $90 million as its first satellite nears launch. The company announced Thursday that it raised $90 million in a debt and equity round led by Venrock and TriplePoint Capital. The company will use the funding to finish its first satellite, a broadband "MicroGEO" satellite that will deliver internet to Alaska and is scheduled for launch late this year. The company, currently with 100 employees, expects to hire more in anticipation of additional satellite orders.

SpaceShipTwo arrives at Spaceport America
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:21 AM ET (1321 GMT)
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has arrived in New Mexico for a final series of flight tests. The suborbital spaceplane, named VSS Unity, was ferried from...

Astroscale wins contract for orbital debris removal mission
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:21 AM ET (1321 GMT)
Astroscale has won a contract from the Japanese space agency JAXA to inspect a discarded rocket stage. The contract, whose value was not disclosed, would...

Spaceflight Industries to sell rideshare business
Posted: Sat, Feb 15 8:20 AM ET (1320 GMT)
Spaceflight Industries announced Tuesday it will sell its satellite rideshare launch business to two Japanese companies. Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Yamasa Co., Ltd. will acquire...

Monday, February 17
Colorado Springs becoming the hub for directing traffic in space
Colorado Springs Gazette — 5:49 am ET (1049 GMT)
If You Want To Go Far, Go Together
Harvard Crimson — 5:48 am ET (1048 GMT)
UAE sees earth-bound purposes in outer space
Asia Times — 5:45 am ET (1045 GMT)
How planetary building blocks were constructed
Cosmos Magazine — 5:30 am ET (1030 GMT)
Next GPS satellite lands in Florida for April launch
Spaceflight Now — 5:19 am ET (1019 GMT)
What if Earth were a super-Earth? — 5:17 am ET (1017 GMT)
Starwatch: close encounter between Mars and the moon
The Guardian — 5:13 am ET (1013 GMT)

Sunday, February 16
NM delegation urges Space Force to utilize state assets
Albuquerque Journal — 8:18 am ET (1318 GMT)
Results of Starliner Review Expected in February
Air Force Magazine — 8:14 am ET (1314 GMT)
Nasa reaches for the stars with nuclear-propelled spacecraft
The Daily Telegraph — 8:12 am ET (1312 GMT)
Isro moots start-up support programme
The Times of India — 8:09 am ET (1309 GMT)
UA among 4 finalists for NASA's next Discovery space mission
Arizona Daily Star — 8:05 am ET (1305 GMT)
New Executive Orders for GPS, Space Council — 8:04 am ET (1304 GMT)

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