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Starlink taps German market while Europe mulls own LEO

Paris, 24 December 2020. – While Europe mulls its own LEO, SpaceX taps the German market. The German federal telecommnunications agency Bundesnetzagentur authorized Starlink to use up- and downlink frequencies in Germany and offer satellite broadband internet, the agency said. “This is the first frequency allocation for a so-called satellite …

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U.S. ban 103 Chinese and Russian firms, including Soyuz manufacturer

Paris, 23 December 2020. – The U.S. ban 103 Chinese and Russian companies, labeling them as so-called “military end users”, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding a new ‘Military End User’ (MEU) …

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U.S. Congress provides NASA with $23.3 billion for fiscal ’21

Paris, 22 December 2020. – The U.S. Congress will provide NASA with $23.27 billion funding next year, an increase over 2020 but $1.97 billion less than originally requested by the administration. U.S. Congress passed the House Appropriations Committee’s omnibus spending bill consisting of 12 fiscal year appropriations bills yesterday, after …

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Lockheed Martin acquires Aerojet Rocketdyne for $4.4 billion

Paris, 21 December 2020. – “(E)xpanding its position as the leading provider of 21st century warfare solutions”: Lockheed Martin wants to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne, an aerospace and defense rocket engine manufacturer, for $4.4 billion. Lockheed Martin announced tonight that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: What is the Point of Norway’s new Arctic Policy?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and The Arctic Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “What is the Point of Norway’s new Arctic Policy?” by Andreas Østhagen, originally published on 2 December 2020 on their website. Norway’s new …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Asset-based financing needs a boost in Europe

by Dr. Peter Stubbe Public funding remains key for the space sector, in particular when it is about catalyzing the emerging new space sector. What is the German philosophy and which tools are you using? The space sector is undergoing a significant shift: “New Space” comes along a re-balancing of …

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Russia launches second Angara-A5 heavy rocket test

Paris, 15 December 2020. – Russia’s Aerospace Force conducted a second test launch of the Angara-A5 heavy carrier rocket, the Russian news agency Tass reported. The heavy rocket was launched with a dummy payload from the Plesetsk space center the Arkhangelsk Region in northwestern Russia on Monday, the press service …

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ESA contracts Italian firms to build its reusable Space Rider

Paris, 11 December 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) contracted four Italian space firms to go ahead with the development of its reusable Low Earth Orbit Space Rider, ESA announced. Space Rider is a reusable spacecraft of about the size of two minivans and can carry customer payloads of …

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Delta IV Heavy takes off from Cape with spy mission

Paris, 11 December 2020. – The United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Delta IV super-heavy rocket with a spy mission from Cape Canaveral in Florida yesterday. The ULA footage showed the rocket – which was 235 feet tall and weighed 1.6 million pounds on the launch pad – blast …

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