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NASA invites companies to collect Moon “dirt” or rocks and sell it to the U.S. space agency

Washington, DC, 10 September 2020. – NASA invites commercial companies to collect small amounts of Moon “dirt” or rocks and hand it out to the U.S. space agency, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday in a blog. “The requirements we’ve outlined are that a company will collect a small …

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ArianeGroup and ENGIE develop renewable liquid hydrogen

Paris, 10 September 2020. – ArianeGroup and ENGIE cooperate to develop renewable liquid hydrogen to speed up the decarbonisation of heavy-duty and long-distance transportation, the companies announced today. Renewable liquid hydrogen is a zero-emissions alternative to fossil fuels and an answer to the specific storage and endurance requirements of sectors …

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Northrop Grumman wins $13.3bn nuclear missile contract from U.S. Air Force

Falls Church, Virginia/ Washington, DC, 8 September 2020. – Northrop Grumman Corporation was selected by the U.S. Air Force to modernize the nation’s aging intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system under a $13.3 billion contract, the company announced. It was awarded for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the …

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Gilmour Space contracts Space Machines Company for first Australian Eris launch

Queensland, 9 September 2020. —  Gilmour Space Technologies has secured the first Australian customer for its maiden Eris rocket launch in 2022, the company announced. Space Machines Company has contracted to launch a 35 kg spacecraft to orbit, the largest payload announced to date by an Australian space company, it …

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IEC Telecom sees connectivity boom on leisure vessels despite crisis

Dubai, 8 September 2020. – Demand for data traffic in the maritime leisure sector is increasing during the Covid-19 pandemic as crews, operators and passengers are asking for remote high-speed connectivity onboard vessels, the satcom specialist and satellite communication service provider IEC Telecom said. “(Y)achts are becoming increasingly attractive remote offices for …

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GMV grows its footprint with Nottingham Scientific merger in the UK

Harwell (Oxfordshire)/Nottingham, 7 September 2020. – GMV Innovating Solutions Limited, the UK aerospace company belonging to GMV is growing its footprint with the signature of a merger agreement with Nottingham Scientific Limited (NSL). GMV, headquartered in Madrid, trades in the aerospace, defense, ICT and intelligent-transportation-systems markets while NSL is UK …

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Thales signs up as prime contractor for Indonesian SATRIA satellite

Jakarta/Toulouse, 3 September 2020. — Satelit Nusantara Tiga (SNT) and Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced the signature of a Preliminary Work Agreement to start the activities of the Indonesian broadband telecommunication satellite SATRIA. The full Ka-band SATRIA satellite, to be positioned at …

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FT: Munich start-up Isar Aerospace starts production of Spectrum rocket

Munich/London/Paris, 8 September 2020. – The Munich-based start-up Isar Aerospace started production of its Spectrum rocket as the “first privately built rocket” developed in Germany, the Financial Times (FT) reported on Monday. “Germany will join the commercial space race”, FT said, “in an attempt to gain a foothold in the …

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