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Québec to invest $300m in Telesat’s Lightspeed

Paris, 22 February 2021. – Québec invests $317 million in Telesat’s new LEO constellation Lightspeed, the satellite operator announced. The Government of Québec invests $158 million in preferred equity and grant a loan of the amount, Telesat said. “This collaboration comes on the heels of Telesat’s selection of Thales Alenia …

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EOS to launch LEO system for digital precision agriculture

Paris, 22 February 2021. – The satellite imagery analytics provider EOS plans to launch seven optical satellites into LEO by 2024, the Californian company said. By launching its own satellite imaging constellation, the company aims to establish a full satellite data production vertical – from direct imagery collection to processing, analysis …

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Raytheon to contest Lockheed Martin’s takeover of Aerojet

Luxembourg, 19 February 2021. – Raytheon plans to contest Lockheed Martin’s $ 4.4 billion takeover of Aerojet Rocketdyne, the rocket engine manufacturer, Bloomberg reported. “They are a huge supplier to us, and if that merger actually happens, you don’t have an independent supplier on the solid-rocket-motor side. And also, I …

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NASA lands Perseverance rover robot on the Red Planet

Luxembourg, 19 February 2021. – They did it! The “largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world”, Perseverance, touched down on Mars yesterday, after a 203-day journey traversing nearly half a billion kilometers, NASA said. The successful touchdown was confirmed by the mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in …

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Singapore opens competition for sat-based health care

Luxembourg, 16 February 2021. – Singapore launches a student competition to develop a satellite-based assistant in the care of the elderly, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Singapore Space & Technology (SSTL) said. The organisations are launching offer college and tertiary students an opportunity to use the GNSS high precision …

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Axiom raises $130 million and becomes unicorn

Luxembourg, 17 February 2021. – The Houston-based private spaceflight company Axiom Space raised $130 million in another round of funding led by C5 Capital, the company announced. Axiom Michael Suffredini told the TV channel CNBC that it is now “well past the point” of becoming a unicorn, “putting Axiom among …

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CYSEC and ESA launch cybersecurity conference in Davos

Luxembourg, 17 February 2021. – Hacking satellites? The Swiss cybersecurity company CYSEC announced the first European conference on cyber risks in space, CYSAT’21, the firm said. CYSAT’21 takes place from 15 to 17 March in a hybrid format, online and in Davos, and brings ethical hackers and security researchers together …

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