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ESA supports the development of health app Care View to help isolated citizens

Luxembourg, 16 February 2021. – How space adds value: The European Space Agency (ESA) supports the creation of the service, a GNSS-based health app called Care View to identify vulnerable and socially isolated older residents in the Covid-19 pandemic, ESA said. The application developed in cooperation between ESA Space Solutions, the …

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NASA’s Perseverance nears Mars while UAE sends first photo

Luxembourg, 16 February 2021. – Getting closer: While NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is nearing the Red Planet, the United Arab Emirate’s Hope mission sent a first picture. Perseverance’s touchdown on Mars is scheduled for Thursday, 18 February, the U.S. space agency said. NASA will provide live coverage of the landing …

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Russian Progress 77 carries ISS supply mission

Luxembourg, 16 February 2021. – News from Baikonur: An uncrewed Russian Progress 77 carrying over one ton of nitrogen, water and propellant to the International Space Station (ISS) launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan yesterday, NASA said. The resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational …

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France selects Thales and Airbus for its electronic warfare system

Paris, 15 February 2021. – The French army has contracted Thales and Airbus to upgrade the electronic warfare capabilities and system for all three armed forces, Airbus Defence & Space announced. The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales and Airbus a contract for the new joint tactical signals …

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ESA and Portugal support Rocket Factory’s RFA ONE

Paris, 15 February 2021. – Boost by ESA: The German micro-launch startup Rocket Factory Augsburg gained the support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Portugal Space, the Portuguese space agency, the company announced. Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) signed a second contract in the frame of Boost, ESA’s Commercial Space …

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European orbiters support NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Countdown on the Red Planet: the landing of NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance will be supported by ESA, the European Space Agency said. NASA’s Mars rover is due to land on 18 February. In order to communicate with the Earth, the rover will use existing spacecraft …

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OQ takes lead in European 5G nanosat mission

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Hard- and software: OQ Technology, a satellite start-up from Luxembourg, was contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to contribute hard- and software to the nanosat mission MACSAT. OQ Technology said it signed a 2 million Euro contract with the ESA in the frame of …

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NASA to launch its Jupiter Europa Clipper not on SLS

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Shift to commercial: the U.S. space agency NASA decided to launch its Europa Clipper spacecraft to the Jupiter moon not on its own, government-funded Space Launch System (SLS) but on a commercial vehicle, the project team told the press and the public at a NASA …

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Ali Al Hashemi to follow Masood Mahmood as Yahsat CEO

Paris, 11 February 2021. – New CEO, new Board: The CEO of Yahsat, Masood Mahmood, steps down in April and will hand over to Ali Al Hashemi, currently CEO of Thuraya and General Manager of Yahsat Government Solutions, the company announced. Mahmood will join the Yahsat Board of Directors, Yahsat said, …

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