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Norway nominates its space agency chief as ESA Director General candidate

Paris, 5 October 2020. – The Norwegian Government proposed Christian Hauglie-Hanssen, the Director General of the Norwegian Space Agency, as candidate for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) top job as ESA Director General, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries announced. “Mr. Hauglie-Hanssen’s combined background from space and other …

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Glonass to put layer of six new spacecraft in orbit by 2027

Paris, 5 October 2020. – The Russian navigation system Glonass is planning to launch half a dozen new satellites to improve the system’s accuracy, a Glonass executive told Tass news agency last week. “A high-orbit segment of the navigation system Glonass will begin to be created in 2021, with the …

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Spacebit sends Moon robot with Intuitive Machines in 2021

Paris, 5 October 2020. – Spacebit, a space robotics and rover specialist, secured a second Moon mission for 2021, in support of NASA’s Artemis program, the UK-based company said. Spacebit will do its second ride to the Moon with Houston-based Intuitive Machines on the Nova-C lander in 2021, the company announced. …

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U.S. Space Force awards $298 million military contract to Boeing

Paris, 4 October 2020. – Boeing received a $298 million contract from U.S. Space Force to develop a jam-resistant military satellite system, the company in El Segundo, California, announced on 1 October. Boeing has received one of three development contracts to build a satellite payload prototype and develop a new …

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ESA signs with Danish GomSpace to continue nanosatellite GOMX-5 mission

Paris, 4 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a contract with the Danish nanosatellite manufacturer GomSpace, the company announced on Friday. The EUR 1.3 million contract allows GomSpace to continue the development of its GOMX-5 mission and to focus on demonstrating new nanosatellite capabilities in space, particularly for …

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China pushes ahead with giant 13,000 satellite LEO constellation

Paris, 4 October 2020. – China is pushing ahead with developing a giant Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation competing with SpaceX, Amazon and OneWeb, according to the Washington DC-based analyst Bhavya Lal and California State University’s Professor Larry Press. Press, professor of information systems at the California State University, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews – Peter Beck of Rocket Lab: “I don’t have 50 or 60 years to wait”

Rocket Lab belongs to the top private launcher companies globally. With 14 launches and 55 deployed satellites, the company is one of the most vibrant actors in the space launcher market. SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer got the chance to talk to Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, to …

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Swissto12 delivers 3D printed hardware to Thales Alenia Space’s Eutelsat KONNECT

Berlin, 1 October 2020. – The Swiss 3D manufacturer Swissto12 extends its partnership with Thales Alenia Space to deliver 3D-printed radiofrequency modules for a new Eutelsat high-throughput satellite, the Lausanne-based company announced. “(W)e have delivered a large batch of mission critical waveguide signal interconnects to Thales Alenia Space for the …

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Astrobotic’s CubeRover for Moon missions delivered to NASA

Luxembourg, 1 October 2020. – Astrobotic’s CubeRover for NASA’s Moon missions is on its way to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Pittsburgh-based company announced. The CubeRover is designed to provide an affordable mobile outlet for scientific instruments and other payloads to operate on the surface of the Moon, …

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