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January, 2021

  • 21 January

    Thales and Airbus to build next Galileo generation for €1.47bn

    Paris, 21 January 2021. – Not OHB, this time: The European Commission awarded contracts for 12 new Galileo satellites (six each) for a total of €1.47 billion to Thales Alenia Space in Italy and Airbus Defence & Space in Germany. “With this, the Commission is initiating the launch of the …

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  • 21 January

    ThrustMe pioneers with iodine propulsion in space

    Paris, 21 January 2021. – The French space start-up ThrustMe has successfully tested the first iodine electric propulsion on a Chinese satellite in space, the company announced. ThrustMe said it tested the first iodine-fueled electric propulsion system aboard the Spacety Beihangkongshi-1 satellite. On 28 December 2020, the first iodine electric …

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  • 20 January

    Inovor and Gilmour develop Australia’s launch capabilities

    Paris, 20 January 2021. – South Australia prepares its first space mission, SASAT1, the space and defence company Inovor Technologies said yesterday. Inovor Technologies will design and build the 6-unit Apogee satellite bus that will be launched into orbit in 2022, the company said. SASAT1 will carry payloads to provide …

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  • 20 January

    SpaceX to transform oil rigs into floating offshore launch pads

    Paris, 20 January 2021. – SpaceX bought two oil rigs to transform them into floating offshore launch pads for its Starship, space and tech media reported. The two nearly identical deepwater oil rigs – ENSCO8500 and 8501platforms – were acquired from the offshore drilling company Valaris and renamed Phobos and …

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  • 19 January

    #SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 11 Jan – 17 Jan 2021

    by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 11 Jan – 17 Jan 2021”. Hello and welcome to another …

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