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Euroconsult sees steep decline of In-Flight Connectivity but long-term growth

Paris, 15 September 2020. – Revenues in the $1.4 billion In-Flight Connectivity industry are expected to drop by 20 to 30 percent this year, the consulting and research firm Euroconsult said in its recent research report “Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity”. In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) has been a key driver for …

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New small satellite Janus mission to study binary asteroids

Denver, 15 September 2020. – Lockheed Martin is working with the University of Colorado Boulder on a space mission to capture the first-ever closeup look at binary asteroids, the company said in a news release on 10 September. Binary asteroids, this “mysterious class of solar system objects”, are pairs of asteroids that …

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Avio resisted COVID crisis with continued operations and earnings increase

Rome, 14 September 2020. – The Italian aerospace company Avio resisted the COVID-19 lockdown and crisis by maintaining its operational continuity and with the successful return to flight of the Vega VV16 small satellite mission in early September, the company said in its half year results announcement on 14 September. …

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ESA awards €129.4 million contract to planetary defence mission Hera

Darmstadt, 15 September 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA)  awarded a €129.4 million contract covering the design, manufacturing and testing of Hera, the space agency’s first mission for planetary defence, ESA announced today. The contract was signed by Franco Ongaro, ESA Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality, and Marco …

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Microsoft challenges Amazon on satellite cloud computing, CNBC reports

New York, 14 September 2020. – Microsoft is challenging Amazon in using satellites for cloud connectivity, CNBC reported on 11 September. Microsoft is looking to challenge Amazon in offering a service that connects satellites directly to the company’s cloud computing network, according to documents the company filed with the U.S. Federal …

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Blue Canyon Technologies moves ahead with climate change micro-satellite mission MethaneSAT

Boulder, Colorado, 14 September 2020. – Blue Canyon Technologies completed the Critical Design Review for the climate change monitoring MethaneSAT mission, the Colorado-based company said on 9 September. Blue Canyon Technologies is manufacturing the micro-satellite for an advanced high-resolution detection and quantification of methane emissions from oil and gas facilities worldwide, …

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Astra’s Rocket 3.1 launch from Alaska shut down shortly after lift-off

Alameda, California/ Kodiak, Alaska, 12 September 2020. – Californian-based Astra’s first orbital launch attempt was successful at lift-off but had to be shut down shortly after, the company said on Saturday. “At 8:19pm PT, Rocket 3.1 left the Alaskan coast at Astra’s Kodiak launch site,” the company said in a …

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Boeing to face independent ethics probe over lunar lander bid, Reuters reports

Washington, DC, 10 September 2020. – Boeing is facing an independent review of its compliance and ethics practices, according to an agreement struck with NASA and the U.S. Air Force and seen by Reuters, the news agency reported. “The agreement, signed in August, comes as federal prosecutors continue a criminal investigation …

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