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UK’s Royal Air Force Loans Pilot For Virgin Orbit Missions

The Royal Air Force (RAF) and Virgin Orbit announced the next step in an exciting new space partnership with the selection of an RAF test pilot to be seconded to the small satellite launch program, pending U.S. and U.K. regulatory approvals. The announcement was made in Long Beach, California, aboard …

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Japan’s AxelSpace Partners With Rwanda’s Broadband Systems Corporation To Provide Satellite Imagery To African Countries

Axelpace Corporation announces the partnership with Broadband Systems Corporation to provide Earth observation data from AxelGlobe, the Daily Earth Observation Platform, to African nations. Axelspace and BSC signed the partnership agreement, as BSC visited Japan to participate at the Japan & Africa Business Expo, held in Yokohama. Rwanda’s ICT Minister …

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Ethiopia’s EthioSat Platform Launches On SES NSS-12 Satellite

For years, Ethiopian TV viewers have had to navigate through a plethora of multinational content in a variety of foreign languages in order to locate their favourite channels. That changes today with the launch of Ethiosat – the first-ever dedicated Ethiopian TV platform to host Ethiopia’s most popular local channels. …

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Rocket Lab To Loft Astro Digital Payload From New Zealand Launch Site

Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has announced Astro Digital as the customer for Rocket Lab’s ninth Electron mission, and fifth mission of 2019. The dedicated mission is scheduled to take place during a 14-day launch window opening on 15 October 2019 NZDT (14 October UTC). …

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Italian Air Force To Use Virgin Galactic For Suborbital Research Flight

Virgin Galactic has announced a new contract with the Italian Air Force for a research flight on the company’s SpaceShipTwo system during which Italian researchers will actively conduct experiments while they are in space. The contract marks the first time a government department has funded a human-tended research flight on …

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Astroscale And The University Of Southampton To Cooperate On Space Debris Removal Business Case

Astroscale, the market-leader in developing a service to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, has announced that it will collaborate with the University of Southampton on a project to investigate collision risks between satellites, highlighting the necessity for financial incentives for satellite operators to engage with active debris …

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Emirati Astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori Returns Safely To Earth After Historic Mission

Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, along with astronauts Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin, returned to Earth safely, after completing his eight-day scientific mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The hatch closing of the Soyuz MS-12 took place at 8:20 am UAE time. The spacecraft undocked from the …

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Spire Global Raises Over $40 Million To Increase Weather Data Service And Expand To Asia-Pacific

Spire Global, the world’s largest earth observation constellation of satellites for advanced weather data, maritime analytics, and aircraft tracking, has announced over U.S.$40m in new funding from strategic partners including ITOCHU, Mitsui, and Scottish Investment Bank and financial investors led by the GPO Fund, Perennial Value Management Limited, and Bessemer …

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Royal Thai Air Force Taps ISISpace For Next-Generation Earth Observation CubeSat

The Royal Thai Air Force has awarded a contract to ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space B.V. to realize their next satellite mission, based on an ISISpace 6U CubeSat. This will be the second Earth Observation satellite of the Royal Thai Air Force, with the objective to further strengthen their …

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UAE’s First Astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori Begins Stint On Board International Space Station

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, has announced that the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft, carrying the first Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori, along with Oleg Skripochka and Jessica Meir, successfully docked with the International Space Station, ISS. This marks the beginning of the first spaceflight to be undertaken by an …

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