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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 19-25 October 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour Weekly Aerospace News Roundup, 19-25 Oct”. Special 6th Annual CCAF Edition (Part 1 of 2) …

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Airbus Ventures invests in Singapore radiation protection start-up

Paris, 25 October 2020.  – Airbus Ventures, the venture capital arm of Airbus, expands its presence in Asia Pacific with a $1.85 million investment in the Singaporean radiation protection start-up Zero Error Systems (ZES), Airbus announced. ZES was founded in 2019 as a spin-off from Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University. The …

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Mynaric to supply laser links to Telesat’s U.S. Blackjack showcase

Paris, 25 October 2020. – The space laser communications specialist Mynaric has been selected by Telesat to supply inter-satellite links to U.S. DARPA’s Blackjack program, the Gilching/Munich-based company announced. The Canadian Telesat had announced last week that it will develop two Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft buses for the U.S. …

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SpaceX completes 100th Falcon launch with another Starlink mission

Paris, 25 October 2020. – SpaceX completed its 100th successful Falcon launch since Falcon 1’s first flight in 2008, the company announced. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched another 60 Starlink satellites to orbit on Saturday from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX said. …

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GHGSAT launches free methane mapping platform PULSE

Luxembourg, 22 October 2020. – The emission monitoring specialist GHGSat has launched a digital platform mapping methane concentrations in the atmosphere. GHGSat, global leader in high-resolution greenhouse gas monitoring from space, launched PULSE, a unique digital map showing methane (CH4) concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere, the Montreal-based company said. The free-to-use …

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Kratos launches OpenSpace as platform for virtual ground services

Luxembourg, 22 October 2020. – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions launched OpenSpace, a platform for the software-based creation of virtual ground systems, the Nasdaq-listed U.S. company said. OpenSpace is a software platform and family of virtual products that enable satellite operators and ground service providers to create fully software-defined, dynamic …

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India drafts new space policy to encourage private investment

Luxembourg, 22 October 2020. – India wants to open its space sector for private commercial players and has drafted a new policy to encourage and govern the Indian industry’s participation. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently released its “Spacecom Policy – 2020” and is now seeking for comments from …

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Morgan Stanley doubles value estimate for SpaceX to $100 billion

Luxembourg, 22 October 2020. – Morgan Stanley doubled its long-term valuation for SpaceX since July to at least $100 billion, CNBC reported, citing a note to investors of the bank’s analyst Adam Jones. “The pieces are coming together for SpaceX to create an economic and technological flywheel,” Jonas said, according …

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