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Eutelsat’s High Throughput Satellite Konnect starts services

Paris, 17 November 2020. – Nearly a year after its launch, Eutelsat’s next generation High Throughput satellite Konnect has now entered into services at its orbital position 7 degrees East, the company announced. The spacecraft was launched in January 2020 but could not start because the Covid lockdown delayed the …

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“Series of human errors” likely reason for loss of Vega VV17

Paris, 17 November 2020. – A human error in the integration of the fourth stage seems to be a likely reason for the loss of the Vega mission VV17 from Kourou Monday night, Arianespace said. Initial investigations, conducted overnight with the available telemetry and production data, led to the assumption …

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Speedcast transfers maritime customers to Inmarsat

Paris, 17 November 2020. – Speedcast is selling its prime maritime customers to Inmarsat, the companies announced. Speedcast and Inmarsat reached an agreement on the sale of Speedcast’s primary Fleet Xpress, Fleet Broadband and Fleet One service contracts, London-based Inmarsat said in a press release. “The agreement marks another significant …

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NASA looking for partners to advance Moon mission imagery

Paris, 17 November 2020. – NASA is seeking partners to produce advanced imagery of its Artemis missions to Moon and Mars. “We’re looking for partners to use advanced technologies, imagery applications and approaches that will go beyond our standard coverage on NASA TV,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “We want …

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Vega VV17 fails, Taranis and SEOSAT-Ingenio satellites both lost

Paris, 17 November 2020. – A Vega rocket with France’s Taranis and Spain’s SEOSAT-Ingenio satellites on board failed yesterday, Arianespace said; both satellites were lost. “8 minutes after liftoff of Vega mission VV17, following the first ignition of the engine of the Avum upper stage, a deviation of trajectory was …

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Astrobiology Journal features findings of simulated Mars mission

Paris, 17 November 2020. – The Astrobiology Journal has published the findings of the international simulated Mars mission AMADEE-18, which took place in February 2018 in the desert of Oman. From February 1 to 28, 2018, the Austrian Space Forum lead the mission in the Dhofar region in the Sultanate …

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Ukraine ninth country to sign Artemis Accords

Paris, 15 November 2020. – Ukraine is the ninth country that has signed the NASA Artemis Accords, the Ukrainian national space agency announced on its website, without giving further details. The Artemis Accords set out principles for Moon and Mars missions and exploration, based on the Outer Space Treaty of …

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European Council adopts principles for space economy

Paris, 15 November 2020. – The European Council adopted key principles for the space economy, the Council announced. The “Orientations on the European contribution in establishing key principles for the global space economy” set the scene for the tenth Space Council meeting on 20 November 2020. The Council “notes with satisfaction …

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches Resilience with four astronauts to ISS

Paris, 16 November der 2020. – Elon Musk’s SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 with its Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience and four astronauts on board to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA confirmed the spectacular lift-off from SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral launch pad on Sunday night local time. The so-called …

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