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OQ works with Dubai’s MBRSC on 5G and IoT

Paris, 8 February 2021. – OQ Technology, a satellite start-up working on 5G and IoT, partners with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, the start-up based in Dubai and Luxembourg said. OQ Technology is building a global constellation of nanosatellites to extend the cellular 5G Internet-of-things (IoT) …

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Lockheed Martin to kick off Shetland launches with ABL

Paris, 8 February 2021. – Two U.S. companies pioneer UK launch: Lockheed Martin selected the Californian ABL Space Systems for the first launch from the island of Unst in Shetland, the BBC reported. The inaugural flight could occur next year, BBC said. ABL Space wants to launch small and cubesats …

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EU Court suspends Galileo signing with Thales and Airbus – report

Paris, 5 February 2021. – The losing bidder seems to put a spoke in the wheel: The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg suspended the signing of the €1.47 billion Galileo contracts with Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space, Space Intel Report found out. The scheduled signing for a …

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NASA pays SpaceX nearly $100 million for SphereX mission

Paris, 5 February 2021. – The Universe is worth it: The U.S. space agency NASA pays SpaceX nearly $100 million to launch its SPHEREx spectro-photometer mission planned for June 2024. SPHEREx is a two-year astrophysics mission to survey the sky in the near-infrared light, which, though not visible to the …

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Firefly to put ten NASA science payloads on the Moon

Paris, 5 February 2021. – Ten payloads to study the Moon: The U.S. space agency NASA has awarded the US-Ukrainian Firefly Aerospace a $93.3 million contract to deliver ten science investigations and technology demonstrations to the Moon in 2023, NASA said. The delivery of ten different payloads, weighing altogether nearly …

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SKAO builds two large telescopes in South Africa and Australia

Paris, 5 February 2021. – One in Australia, the other one in South Africa: The UK-based observatory organization SKAO launched “a new era for radio astronomy”, building and operating “the two largest and most complex radio telescope networks ever conceived to address fundamental questions about our universe”, SKAO said. The …

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SpaceX will fly four tourists on Dragon into space

Paris, 4 February 2021. – While Starship SN9 exploded on its landing,  SpaceX made headlines with another news: Elon Musk’s company now wants to launch tourists to space. SpaceX is targeting no earlier than the fourth quarter of this year for Falcon 9’s launch of Inspiration4 – the world’s first …

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Starship SN9 explodes on the pad after high-altitude test

Paris, 3 February 2021. – They call it a “RUD”: SpaceX’s nineth Starship exploded when it landed back from its test flight in Cameron County, Texas, yesterday. “During the landing flip maneuver, one of the Raptor engines did not relight and caused SN9 to land at high speed and experience …

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