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Denmark’s GomSpace And Sky And Space Global Revise Satellite Production Agreement

GomSpace and Sky and Space Global have entered into a “Heads of Agreement” for one new agreement and replacement of the original agreement entered into in 2017 (as amended). GomSpace Group AB and Sky and Space Global have conducted recent evaluation discussions regarding the provision and manufacturing by GomSpace of …

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European Space Agency To Help Germany’s PTScientists Get To The Moon In 2020

European Space Agency (ESA) operations specialists are helping flight planners at new European space startup PTScientists, headquartered in Berlin, pilot their way to the Moon. PTScientists are planning to launch lunar landers and rovers as a regular service in the future, with an inaugural flight expected in 2020. Specialists from …

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Space Silk Road: China And Arab States Pledge To Increase Applications For Beidou GNSS

The second China-Arab States BDS Cooperation Forum was held in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis on 1 April 2019 to discuss measures and initiatives that will increase the use of China’s Beidou navigation satellite system (BDS) in the Arab world with the aim of elevating cooperation in high-technology between …

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German Space Innovation: DLR And The University Of Stuttgart Test Laser Communications For Satellite Imagery

Earth observation satellites play a key role in weather forecasting, climate research, monitoring of the planet’s surface and the detection of forest fires. These tasks require satellites to transmit very large amounts of data to the ground for analysis. Today’s radio systems are reaching their limits in this area. Optical …

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Amazon Looking To Bridge Digital Divide With Proposed Project Kuiper Satellite Broadband Mega-Constellation

Online retail and cloud computing giant Amazon is likely joining the satellite communications mega-constellation competition according to filings made at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on its behalf by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), GeekWire.com reports. The proposed mega-constellation is dubbed Project Kuiper and will, if it goes ahead, consist of …

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ESA’s Self-Driving Spacecraft Set For Planetary Defence Expedition

Engineers designing ESA’s Hera planetary defence mission to the Didymos asteroid pair are developing advanced technology to let the spacecraft steer itself through space, taking a similar approach to self-driving cars. “If you think self-driving cars are the future on Earth, then Hera is the pioneer of autonomy in deep …

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Arianespace Successfully Launches O3B Communication Satellites From French Guiana

With a successful Soyuz launch that completed the first phase of SES’ O3b constellation, Arianespace today reaffirmed is ability to support the growing global market for such in-orbit satellite systems. Lifting off mid-day from the Spaceport in French Guiana, the workhorse launch vehicle delivered the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th …

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Israeli Moon Lander Beresheet Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

The Beresheet lunar lander built and operated by Israeli not-for-profit company SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 22 February 2019, has successfully arrived in Lunar orbit. Known as ‘Lunar capture’, the elliptical orbit brings Beresheet within 500 kilometres of the Moon’s …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: India Destroys Its Own Satellite With A Test Missile, Still Says Space Is For Peace

By Bin Li On March 27, India announced it had successfully conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, called “Mission Shakti”. After the United States, Russia and China, India is now the fourth country in the world to have demonstrated this capability. The destroyed satellite was one of India’s own. But …

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ESA Becomes CubeSat Central For Smaller Space Missions From Europe

The European Space Agency (ESA) has set up a dedicated unit to work on the standardised nanosatellites called ‘CubeSats’, teaming up with European companies to develop low-cost technology-testing missions. Missions in preparation include a double CubeSat to test rendezvous and docking techniques, and one to explore near-Earth asteroids. A fast-growing …

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