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Austrian Aschbacher to become ESA’s new Director General

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – The Austrian Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation at the European Space Agency (ESA), has been nominated as next ESA Director General, following the German Jan Wörner, several media reports and tweets said. The nomination is expected to be endorsed by the ESA Member States …

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ESA contracts ClearSpace for debris removal mission

Paris, 27 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) contracted a consortium led by the Swiss start-up ClearSpace for the world’s first space debris removal mission, ESA said. The contract has a value of €86 million. ClearSpace will start ClearSpace-1, the first mission to remove space debris, in 2025, …

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SpaceX’s 100th Falcon 9 flight for Starlink sets new re-use record

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – The 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday night set a new record for re-using a first stage: it was the seventh time that SpaceX flew the booster into space and brought it back to Earth. The vehicle delivered another batch of 60 …

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Japan’s first StriX satellite to launch on Rocket Lab’s Electron

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – On Electron: Japanese Earth-imaging company Synspective will launch its first of 30 StriX satellites on Rocket Lab’s 17th Electron vehicle, its seventh mission of the year, Rocket Lab announced. The Synspective mission is scheduled for lift-off during a 14-day launch window opening on 12 December UTC …

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Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to be decommissioned

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – It’s sad, but true: the 300 meter Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico will go into a “controlled decommissioning”, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) said. The nearly 60 years old telescope suffered two cable failures in August and last year which have damaged …

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Rocket builder Relativity Space adds $500 million to its war chest

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – The U.S. 3D-printing rocket builder Relativity Space adds half a billion U.S. dollars to its “war chest”, CNBC reported. The valuation of the company that produces rockets with the world’s largest 3D printers has climbed to $2.3 billion, making it the second most valuable private …

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Canadian Telesat lists on Nasdaq with Loral merger

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – Going public: Telesat becomes a Nasdaq-listed company, through the merger with Loral, the Canadian satellite operator said. Telesat Canada has entered into an agreement with Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL) and the Canadian Public Sector Pension Investment Board pursuant to which Telesat Canada and …

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ESA supports lunar missions with ‘Moonlight’ and ground stations

Paris, 23 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) supports China’s lunar sample return mission Chang’e-5, which was successfully launched on a Long March rocket last night, by relaying signals from the spacecraft across the Solar System with its ground station network, the agency said. ESA’s Estrack network is …

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