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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: My 2020 in a review – by Guy Thomas

by Guy Thomas SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2020 and provide an outlook into 2021. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is the answer of Guy Thomas, retired signals intelligence officer. In 2020 Technology took Two Steps Closer to Global Maritime Awareness via Space …

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UAE’s spy satellite Falcon Eye successfully launched

Luxembourg, 3 December 2020. – This time, it worked: After several launch attempts and a long delay due to the Covid pandemic, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) finally launched Falcon Eye, their military Earth observation satellite. Falcon Eye 2 was successfully launched from the European Spaceport (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana …

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Eutelsat’s High Throughput Satellite Konnect starts services

Paris, 17 November 2020. – Nearly a year after its launch, Eutelsat’s next generation High Throughput satellite Konnect has now entered into services at its orbital position 7 degrees East, the company announced. The spacecraft was launched in January 2020 but could not start because the Covid lockdown delayed the …

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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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ESA plans Ariane 6 maiden flight now for second quarter 2022

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency CNES and ArianeGroup are now planning Ariane 6’s maiden flight for the second quarter of 2022, ESA said. The new schedule is “based on analysis of recent achievements, remaining critical milestones and the impact on the …

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Virgin Orbit looking to raise up to $200 million of funding

Luxembourg, 13 October 2020. – Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is looking to raise up to $200 million of funding, valuing the company at around $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported. “The fundraising comes as the British billionaire’s sprawling travel-to-finance empire and the wider commercial space industry have been …

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G20 and UNOOSA promote sharing space data and technology

Luxembourg, 8 October 2020. – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is working with the G20 space agencies on recommendations to promote space technology and share space data to increase global resilience, the agency in Vienna said yesterday. As part of the G20 virtual conference focussing on …

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SES opens new sports broadcasting hub at Stockley Park near London

Luxembourg, 17 September 2020. – SES, leader in global satellite-based connectivity solutions, has opened a new sports broadcasting facility in the Greater London area, the Luxembourg-based company announced. “As remote production for sports ramps up around the globe, SES is providing broadcasters with a newly opened, full-service sports and events facility” …

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