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Spaceflight to launch new rideshare vehicles in 2021

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – Spaceflight, a rideshare and mission management provider, will launch new transfer vehicles to tug smallsats into customized orbits in 2021, the Seattle-based company announced. Spaceflight develops two next-generation orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) that will debut in 2021; the first, Sherpa-FX, is to fly on the …

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Eutelsat appoints Homsy new CTO, replacing Leroy

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – Eutelsat has appointed Pascal Homsy new Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Homsy joins Eutelsat from Thales Alenia Space where he was head of the Space Telecommunications Business Line, the Paris-based company said. He has 30 years of experience in senior management positions within major international groups, …

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Raytheon acquires smallsat manufacturer Blue Canyon

Luxembourg, 13 November 2020.  Raytheon Technologies acquires the small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies, the Colorado-based company announced. Blue Canyon entered into an agreement to be acquired by Massachusetts-based Raytheon, an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government …

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SEOSAT-Ingenio imaging satellite ready for launch from Kourou

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – The Spanish Earth-imaging SEOSAT-Ingenio satellite will be launched on a Vega rocket from French Guiana on 17 November, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced. SEOSAT-Ingenio carries a high-resolution dual camera to image the Earth with a resolution of 2.5 meters. With its capability to look …

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NASA certifies SpaceX’s Crew Dragon flight system

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – After years of designing, developing, and testing, NASA has certified SpaceX’s Crew Dragon system for flights to the International Space Station (ISS), the agency announced. Crew Dragon is the first commercial spacecraft system capable of transporting humans to and from the ISS and is part …

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Former astronaut Pamela Melroy part of Biden’s NASA review team

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has announced the team that will help him to review NASA activities and plans. The Agency Review Team consists of eight volunteers, amongst them former NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy. The other team members are Ellen Stofan from the Smithsonian Institution as …

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Omnispace to ride on Exolaunch-SpaceX for two new 5G satellites

Luxembourg, 10 November 2020. – Omispace, a mobile communications provider based in Virginia in the U.S., has chosen Exolaunch to deliver two new satellites into orbit on SpaceX in early 2022, the company said. The rideshare provider Exolaunch will deliver two Thales Alenia Space-built S-band satellites into orbit aboard SpaceX’s …

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NASA-ESA’s Mars Sample Return mission on track, report says

Luxembourg, 11 November 2020. – NASA is on track to bring samples from Mars to Earth, the U.S. space agency said, citing a report from the Mars Sample Return (MSR) Independent Review Board (IRB). Following an examination of the agency’s ambitious Mars Sample Return plan, the board’s report concludes that …

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Smallsat market more than quadruples in the 2020s, Euroconsult finds

Luxembourg, 11 November 2020. – The market for small satellites is growing exponentially in the next decade, the latest Euroconsult smallsat report found. In its “Prospects for the Small Satellite Market”, Euroconsult forecasts that two mega-constellations will account for half of the smallsats to be launched between 2020 and 2029, …

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Telesat and Canadian Government complete LEO broadband program

Luxembourg, 11 November 2020. – Telesat and the Canadian Government completed their agreement to ensure affordable, high-speed broadband connectivity across all of Canada with Telesat’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation, the Ottawa-based company announced. The $460 million agreement enables Internet and mobility service providers to acquire Telesat LEO capacity at …

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