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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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U.S. Space Development Agency contracts L3Harris and SpaceX for missile tracking

Luxembourg, 6 October 2020. – The U.S. Space Development Agency awarded contracts worth more than $342 million to L3Harris and SpaceX to build an advanced missile tracking system, the agency announced yesterday. The two companies won bids to build out Tranche 0 of the tracking layer for the National Defense …

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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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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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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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