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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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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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Canadian GHGSat secures $30 million funding to finance further satellites and ground facilities

Montreal, Canada, 10 September 2020. – Canadian GHGSat, leader in high resolution greenhouse gas monitoring from space, has successfully completed the first tranche of Series B funding, raising US$30m and more than doubling the total amount raised since GHGSat was founded in 2011, the company said in an announcement on …

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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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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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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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