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VodafoneZiggo Launches 5G With Ericsson Spectrum Sharing

VodafoneZiggo, the leading Dutch communications service provider, announced on 28 April 2020 that it is launching 5G with Ericsson Spectrum Sharing and Ericsson 5G Core, for an economic and seamless roll-out of the latest mobile technology offering enhanced network performance. Part of their GigaNet strategy, VodafoneZiggo is switching on their 5G network …

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Completes First Flight From Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic  and The Spaceship Company have announced the successful completion of its first SpaceShipTwo test flight from Spaceport America. This glide flight marks the inaugural solo flight of VSS Unity in New Mexico and as such is an important flight test milestone in preparation for commercial service. On SpaceShipTwo’s …

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Maxar To Support Dynetics In Designing And Building Lunar Human Landing System For NASA

Maxar Technologies, a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, announced on 1 May 2020 that it has been selected to support Dynetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leidos, in designing and building a Human Landing System for NASA’s Artemis program, which will send the first woman and …

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Rocket Lab Closes Acquisition Of Satellite Hardware Manufacturer Sinclair Interplanetary

Rocket Lab, a leading space systems company, announced on 30 April 2020 that it has closed the transaction to acquire Sinclair Interplanetary, a leading provider of high-quality, flight-proven satellite hardware. Rocket Lab announced the execution of the agreement to acquire Sinclair Interplanetary on March 16, 2020 pending customary closing conditions …

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NASA-Developed Ventilator Authorized By FDA For Emergency Use

A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers and tailored to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients today was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use under the FDA’s March 24 ventilator Emergency Use Authorization. Called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), the device was developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet …

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Thuraya Aero Reaches Line-Fit Milestone For Airbus Helicopters

Thuraya, the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) subsidiary of the UAE-based global satellite company, Yahsat, and SCOTTY Group, a developer of beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) satellite communication solutions based in Austria, announced on 30 April 2020 that they have secured line-fit offerability for the Thuraya Aero mobile connectivity solution on Airbus H145 and …

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Luxembourg Joins The International Space Exploration Coordination Group

The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG), which has recently released its annual report, is an international forum for promoting coordinated efforts toward human and robotic space exploration on and around the Moon and Mars. The Luxembourg Space Agency, which heads the SpaceResources.lu initiative, is proud to join this group of highly influential …

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KSAT Builds The World’s First Commercial Optical Ground Station

At present, there exists a global gridlock in the optical downlink domain due to both a lack of industrialized ground stations made available for regular service, and an insufficient number of spacecrafts using optical downlinks. To unlock this situation, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) and industry partner ASTELCO Systems have initiated …

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NASA Names Companies To Develop Human Landers For Artemis Moon Missions

NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. NASA is on track for sustainable human exploration of the Moon for the first time in history. The human landing system awards under the Next Space …

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COMSAT Inks Deal With ABS To Enhance C- And KU-Band U.S. Connectivity Solutions On ABS-3A

COMSAT Inc., the global satellite connectivity solutions provider, has ratified an agreement with ABS, a Bermuda-based global satellite operator, to enhance and strengthen the COMSAT global network. The addition of the ABS-3A satellite to the COMSAT Southbury, Connecticut, teleport services bolsters its reach throughout the Americas, Europe, North Africa and …

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