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China launches Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon

Paris, 24 November 2020. – China successfully launched its Chang’e-5 lunar sample return mission last night on a Long March 5 rocket, Chinese television and international media reported. Chinese CGTN television showed the successful lift-off, separation and solar array deployment live from the Wengchang satellite launch and control center in …

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Copernicus Sentinel-6 launched to observe our oceans

Paris, 23 November 2020. – A new family member: Copernicus Sentinel-6 was launched successfully on a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Saturday. The 1.2 tons satellite lifted off from SpaceX’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and entered its orbit one hour after lift-off, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. Sentinel-6 …

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OneWeb emerges with new CEO and return to flight launch date

Paris, 23 November 2020. – On the safe side now: The Low Earth Orbit operator OneWeb has emerged from bankruptcy and appointed a new CEO, the company announced. OneWeb emerged from U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company said, and achieved all relevant regulatory approvals. A consortium of the UK …

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Luxembourg raises budget for Luxeosys satellite to €300 million

Paris, 23 November 2020. – Following heated debates, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies has voted an additional budget for its military observation satellite Luxeosys, the newspaper Wort reported. The Grand Duchy’s Parliament also rejected to set up a committee of inquiry looking into the preparation of the project and the …

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Rocket Lab “returns to sender” with Electron’s 1st first stage recovery

Paris, 20 November 2020. – Successful return to sender: Rocket Lab has, for the first time, brought a first stage of its Electron back to Earth in tonight’s “Return to Sender” mission. “Splashdown of Electron’s first stage confirmed,” Rocket Lab tweeted this morning, “recovery ops are underway”. Approximately two and …

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Viasat buys Eutelsat’s KA-SAT and European broadband platform

Paris, 20 November 2020. – Divorce completed: Viasat buys Eutelsat’s 51% share in their former European broadband partnership and its KA-SAT satellite platform, the Californian company announced. Viasat acquires Eutelsat’s 51% share of Euro Broadband Infrastructure (EBI), the wholesale broadband services business that both companies jointly created in Europe. It will …

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San Francisco start-up to launch first Gas Station in Space

Paris, 19 November 2020. – Refueling instead of graveyard: The Californian company Orbit Fab opens the first gas station in space, the company said. The San Francisco-based start-up agreed with Spaceflight, the rideshare and mission provider, to launch its first operational fuel depot, dubbed Tanker 001 Tenzing, into space next …

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Switzerland to kick off Space4Impact platform

Paris, 19 November 2020. – The Swiss Space Center and the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Business Incubation Center in Switzerland are launching Space4Impact, an online event “to raise awareness about space technologies and launch a digital marketplace platform to connect corporates, investors, organizations, and startups”, Space4Impact said. The event is …

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Luxembourg creates European space resources centre ESRIC

Paris, 19 November 2020. – Luxembourg partners with the European Space Agency (ESA) to create the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESCRIC), the Luxembourgish Government announced. ESRIC wants to partner with public and private international players “to create a hub of excellence for space resources in Europe”, the Government and …

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