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China pushes ahead with giant 13,000 satellite LEO constellation

Paris, 4 October 2020. – China is pushing ahead with developing a giant Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation competing with SpaceX, Amazon and OneWeb, according to the Washington DC-based analyst Bhavya Lal and California State University’s Professor Larry Press. Press, professor of information systems at the California State University, …

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U.S. Space Force awards $298 million military contract to Boeing

Paris, 4 October 2020. – Boeing received a $298 million contract from U.S. Space Force to develop a jam-resistant military satellite system, the company in El Segundo, California, announced on 1 October. Boeing has received one of three development contracts to build a satellite payload prototype and develop a new …

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ESA signs with Danish GomSpace to continue nanosatellite GOMX-5 mission

Paris, 4 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a contract with the Danish nanosatellite manufacturer GomSpace, the company announced on Friday. The EUR 1.3 million contract allows GomSpace to continue the development of its GOMX-5 mission and to focus on demonstrating new nanosatellite capabilities in space, particularly for …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews – Peter Beck of Rocket Lab: “I don’t have 50 or 60 years to wait”

Rocket Lab belongs to the top private launcher companies globally. With 14 launches and 55 deployed satellites, the company is one of the most vibrant actors in the space launcher market. SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer got the chance to talk to Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, to …

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Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla new chief of German space agency DLR

Berlin, 1 October 2020. – Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla took up her position as Chair of the Executive Board of the German space agency today, DLR said today. She succeeds Pascale Ehrenfreund, who led DLR for five years and took the helm of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). The DLR Senate unanimously selected …

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Nelco cooperates with Telesat to bring LEO broadband to India

Luxembourg, 1 October 2020. – The satellite communications provider Nelco cooperates with Telesat to bring Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband connectivity to India, the Tata Group company announced. “Nelco and Telesat will collaborate on terrestrial facilities, commercial distribution and regulatory frameworks to offer Telesat LEO satellite connectivity in India,” Nelco …

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Swissto12 delivers 3D printed hardware to Thales Alenia Space’s Eutelsat KONNECT

Berlin, 1 October 2020. – The Swiss 3D manufacturer Swissto12 extends its partnership with Thales Alenia Space to deliver 3D-printed radiofrequency modules for a new Eutelsat high-throughput satellite, the Lausanne-based company announced. “(W)e have delivered a large batch of mission critical waveguide signal interconnects to Thales Alenia Space for the …

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Astrobotic’s CubeRover for Moon missions delivered to NASA

Luxembourg, 1 October 2020. – Astrobotic’s CubeRover for NASA’s Moon missions is on its way to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Pittsburgh-based company announced. The CubeRover is designed to provide an affordable mobile outlet for scientific instruments and other payloads to operate on the surface of the Moon, …

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Scottish space industry eager to double growth by 2030, study says

Berlin, 30 September 2020. – The Scottish space industry could be eager to double its ambitious growth projections in the next ten years from £2 billion to £4 billion, a recent study conducted by Scottish Enterprise revealed. “The rise of the space sector is apparent in the figures from a …

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U.S. farmers join Keep GPS coalition to protect satellite-based precision agriculture

Berlin, 30 September 2020. – Farmers across the United States have urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect GPS networks from harmful interference and announced their support for the Keep GPS Working Coalition. The group of different agricultural associations expressed “grave concerns” over an FCC order “threatening the …

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