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James Webb Telescope to be launched on Ariane 5 in December

The European and the U.S. space agencies, ESA and NASA, have scheduled the launch of the giant James Webb Space Telescope on an Ariane 5 rocket for 18 December 2021, Arianespace said. Flight VA256 is scheduled for 18 December from the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace said. The launcher and launch services are part of ESA´s contribution to the Webb project.

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German government supports microlauncher offshore platform

The German government supports plans to build an offshore launch platform in the North Sea, Germany´s minister for economy, Peter Altmaier, said in Berlin. The minister partnered with the Federation of German Industries (BDI), who had promoted the idea since several years. The German Offshore Spaceport Alliance (Gosa) signed contracts with four microlaunchers.

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ESA Council agrees on Ariane 6, Vega-C, and options for new launchers

The ESA Member States have agreed on Europe´s exploitation of the new Ariane 6 and Vega-C launchers and its future space transportation options, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. The agreement frames the conditions for Europe’s exploitation of Ariane 6 and Vega-C and requests ESA “to propose a roadmap for new and innovative space transportation solutions”, ESA said.

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EIB backs Bulgarian nanosat startup EnduroSat

The European Investment Bank (EIB) invests €10 million in the Bulgarian nanosat startup EnduroSat, the bank said. EnduroSat provides software-defined nanosats and space services and serves more than 110 customers worldwide. With an annual growth of more than 250%, it claims to be “one of the fastest growing space companies in Europe”.

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James Webb telescope gets ready for shipment to Kourou

The giant James Webb Space Telescope is ready to be shipped to its launch site at Europe´s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. The telescope has successfully completed its final tests and is being prepared for its shipment. The final tests were carried out at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in California, U.S.

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Canadian government invests $1.44 billion in Telesat´s Lightspeed


The Canadian government invests $1.44 billion in Telesat to support its new LEO Lightspeed constellation. The government provides a loan of $790 million and makes a $650 million preferred equity investment in Telesat Lightspeed, Telesat said. In return, Telesat commits to invest in Canada and create hundreds of high-quality jobs.

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