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SpaceChain Foundation Invests In Core Semiconductor To Produce Open Hardware Platform For Direct Satellite-To-Devices Communication

SpaceChain Foundation announced on 19 May 2020 it has contracted and invested in Core Semiconductor, an innovator in provably secure computing platforms for all connected devices, to produce the world’s first open-source hardware platform capable of providing a downlink to mobile phones and small devices directly from satellites in orbit, without the use of a satellite dish on Earth or a third-party network.

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Lunapolitics: Russia’s Roscosmos Signals Openness To US-Proposed Artemis Accords

A senior official from the Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, has indicated that Russia is open to discussions with the United States regarding Russia’s role in the Artemis lunar programme – in particular the Lunar Gateway mission – within the framework of NASA’s proposed Artemis Accords.

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Japan Stands Up Its First Military Space Operations Squadron

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and Ministry of Defense (MoD) stood up the country’s first Space Operations Squadron – the first component of Japan’s Space Domain Mission Unit (SDMU) – in a ceremony presided by the Japanese Minister of Defense Taro Kono on 18 May 2020.

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Boeing-Built X-37B Launches In Second Mission For U.S. Space Force

The Boeing-built X-37B autonomous spaceplane launched 18 May 2020 on top of a uniquely configured United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Boeing is the prime contractor for the X-37B spaceplane and facilitates the integration of all experiments into the vehicle ensuring they receive the correct power, thermal and data services …

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Isotropic Systems Gets Antenna Evaluation And Development Contract With U.S. Defense Innovation Unit

Isotropic Systems, a leading developer of transformational broadband terminal technologies, announced on 18 May 2020 an antenna evaluation and development contract with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to test the ability of its patented multi-beam antennas to unlock high-powered bandwidth aboard next-gen Naval vessels at sea. As the U.S. Navy …

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USAF Satellite Hacking Challenge Shifts To Virtual Event: Qualification Event Is This Week

The Department of the Air Force and Defense Digital Service (DDS) planned satellite hacking challenge, the Space Security Challenge 2020: Hack-A-Sat, is pivoting to an entirely virtual event. This decision comes after DEF CON 28 formally cancelled in-person events in 2020 due to coronavirus precautions. The two-phase Hack-A-Sat includes an …

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