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Roscosmos selects first cosmonaut for commercial crew flights
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Roscosmos selects first cosmonaut for commercial crew flights

Roscosmos selects first cosmonaut for commercial crew flightsWASHINGTON — The head of Roscosmos announced Dec. 8 that the agency has selected the first cosmonaut to go on a SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, although a seat barter agreement between NASA and Roscosmos is still being finalized. Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, tweeted Dec. 8 that cosmonaut Anna Kikina will go to the ISS in the fall of 2022 “as part of the crew of an American commercial spacecraft.” In exchange, a NASA astronaut would be part of a crew of a Soyuz mission to the station launching in the same time frame. Kikina is the only woman currently active in the Russian cosmonaut corps. She was selected in 2012 but has yet to fly in space, although Rogozin and other Russian o...
Third consortium gets UK funds to study potential deorbit mission
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Third consortium gets UK funds to study potential deorbit mission

Third consortium gets UK funds to study potential deorbit missionTAMPA, Fla. — A consortium led by British small satellite maker SSTL has secured UK Space Agency funding to study a mission to remove two spacecraft from low Earth orbit by 2025. The consortium joins two other groups that won funding in October to complete mission feasibility studies by the end of March, one led by Swiss startup ClearSpace and another by Japan-based Astroscale. A UK Space Agency official said the three groups are getting about £1 million ($1.3 million) in total funding under the Active Debris Removal Phase 0-A Feasibility Study, roughly split between them. “The lag in announcing the third study was due to the fact that the SSTL study involves is a larger consortium and it took longer to complete the paperwork...