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IEC Telecom sees connectivity boom on leisure vessels despite crisis

Dubai, 8 September 2020. – Demand for data traffic in the maritime leisure sector is increasing during the Covid-19 pandemic as crews, operators and passengers are asking for remote high-speed connectivity onboard vessels, the satcom specialist and satellite communication service provider IEC Telecom said. “(Y)achts are becoming increasingly attractive remote offices for …

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GMV grows its footprint with Nottingham Scientific merger in the UK

Harwell (Oxfordshire)/Nottingham, 7 September 2020. – GMV Innovating Solutions Limited, the UK aerospace company belonging to GMV is growing its footprint with the signature of a merger agreement with Nottingham Scientific Limited (NSL). GMV, headquartered in Madrid, trades in the aerospace, defense, ICT and intelligent-transportation-systems markets while NSL is UK …

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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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Thales signs up as prime contractor for Indonesian SATRIA satellite

Jakarta/Toulouse, 3 September 2020. — Satelit Nusantara Tiga (SNT) and Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced the signature of a Preliminary Work Agreement to start the activities of the Indonesian broadband telecommunication satellite SATRIA. The full Ka-band SATRIA satellite, to be positioned at …

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FT: Munich start-up Isar Aerospace starts production of Spectrum rocket

Munich/London/Paris, 8 September 2020. – The Munich-based start-up Isar Aerospace started production of its Spectrum rocket as the “first privately built rocket” developed in Germany, the Financial Times (FT) reported on Monday. “Germany will join the commercial space race”, FT said, “in an attempt to gain a foothold in the …

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Exolaunch to Deliver SALSAT into Orbit for Berlin university

Berlin, 8 September 2020. – The Technische Universität Berlin, a leading German university specializing in space engineering, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, have reached a launch agreement for the SALSAT nanosatellite. Under the agreement, Exolaunch is providing launch, mission management, and integration services for the Technische …

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UAE’s planned city on Mars gets help from university on radiation research

Abu Dhabi, 7 September, 2020. – A new research finding on radiation will support the UAE’s ambitious project to build the first human settlement on Mars by 2117, a scientist told Emirates News Agency, WAM. “Radiation is one of the biggest roadblocks in planning long-term space missions, especially the project …

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US issues fifth Space Policy Directive on space cybersecurity

Washington, DC, 7 September 2020. – The White House has issued last week its fifth Space Policy Directive (SPD 5) outlining cybersecurity principles of space systems and operations. The memorandum signed by US President Donald Trump sets forth key cybersecurity principles for space systems and intends to serve as “the …

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