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Pentagon establishes Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy

Paris, 2 November 2020. – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) established a new Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, the Pentagon announced. The new Secretary “will be the senior official responsible for the overall supervision of DoD policy for space warfighting”, “under the authority, direction, and control of …

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U.S. Space Force asks Maxar to develop missile data processing prototype

Paris, 2 November 2020. – The U.S. Space Force selected Maxar Technologies to develop a mission data processing prototype, the Colorado-based company announced. Maxar is to develop “prototype mission data processing applications for the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution Mission Data Processing (FORGE MDP) program located within the Cross-Mission Ground …

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ESA boosts Rocket Factory Augsburg’s launch vehicle

Paris, 2 November 2020. – A boost from ESA: The German launch service provider Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) receives support from the European Space Agency (ESA) to further develop its launch vehicle, the company announced. RFA is the first company to sign a contract for Boost, ESA’s Commercial Space Transportation …

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Virgin Orbit to take stake in Sky and Space Global and enter in co-marketing

Paris, 1 November 2020. – Virgin Orbit is to take a 14.7% stake in the ailing Sky and Space Global (SAS), SAS announced. SAS “is pleased to announce Virgin Orbit will acquire a stake in the Company and enter into new strategic launch services and mutual reseller agreements to support …

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Colombian Air Force to extend smallsat program with GomSpace

Paris, 1 November 2020. – The Colombian Air Force extends its smallsat program and signed with Denish GomSpace for a second mission, GomSpace said. GomSpace has signed a contract with the Colombian Air Force (FAC) to initiate the FACSAT-2 satellite mission and an associated virtual technology transfer program, the company …

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Kleos to launch four scouting smallsats on Indian rocket

Paris, 1 November 2020. – Kleos Space is on track for launching four Scouting Mission satellites on an Indian vehicle, the Luxembourg-based Earth monitoring company announced. The mission team completed the preparation of the four smallsats for a launch on board a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on 7 November, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: SATELLITE IMAGERY MONITORING CONFLICT & ARMS EMBARGO

by Skye Boag, Marketing Manager at European Space Imaging Since February 2011, there has been an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council on Libya concerning the supply of arms and military equipment to and from Libya. This embargo is repeatedly violated by countries funnelling not only goods …

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FCC transfers OneWeb’s U.S. licenses and market access

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the transfer of licenses and market access to the newly restructured OneWeb company. OneWeb – a United Kingdom-based company – emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year with the UK Government and the Indian conglomerate Bharti …

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ICEYE bolsters US structure with new CEO and President

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – ICEYE, leader in satellite radar technology, appointed Jerry Welsh new CEO of ICEYE US, the company announced in Washington, DC. The company’s headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. At the same time, Eric Jensen is joining as President of ICEYE US. Welsh joined ICEYE in 2017 …

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