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U.S. group KBR wins EROS contract for Landsat observation

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Texas-based engineering and technology group KBR works for the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and won a $300 million recompete contract for scientific, engineering and technical services, KBR announced. KBR will partner with USGS to analyze and assess …

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Arecibo radio-telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The giant radio-telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, collapsed last night, with the heavy instrument platform falling into the metal structure. “The instrument platform of the 305m telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell overnight,” the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the operator of the …

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Turkish Manta Shipping connects vessels with Marlink

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Turkish shipping services provider Manta Shipping has selected the Norwegian Marlink to provide Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service on eight of its vessels. The agreement was signed through Marlink’s local partner Ozsay Satellite to support Manta Shipping’s drive towards digitalised shipping operations and increased connectivity …

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Intelsat names new top managers with Gogo acquisition

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – Intelsat announced some changes in the management with the completion of its Gogo acquisition. John Wade will remain president of Gogo Commercial Aviation, now a division of Intelsat, the satellite firm said. Bruno Fromont, Intelsat’s former Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning, has been …

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NewRocket proposes power gel-fueled “green” rocket

Luxembourg, 1 December 2020. – Propelling innovation: the Israeli startup NewRocket develops a new gel-fueled space engine that is “powerful, controllable and environmentally friendly”, the company said. The “groundbreaking PowerGel-propellant offers green propulsion, without compromising on high performance and full active thrust control,” NewRocket claims. “(T)he gel propellant is safe …

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Reusability: Rocket Lab on track for the next “Catch of the Day”

Luxembourg, 1 December 2020. – Ready for the next “Catch of the Day”: the launch firm Rocket Lab published details of its recent “Return to Sender” mission where it recovered the first stage of its Electron rocket after a successful launch. During Electron’s final few kilometers of descent, the large …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 23 Nov – 29 Nov 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 China Aerospace News Roundup 22 Nov – 29 Nov 2020”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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ArianeWorks on European reusable rocket prototype Themis

Paris, 30 November 2020. – The French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) and ArianeGroup started to test Themis, the European prototype for a reusable rocket first stage, CNES said. Contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA), a joint CNES and ArianeGroup team called ArianeWorks re-established the historic Ariane …

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SpaceX to fly Starship 50,000 feet high, with 1/3 chance to get it back intact

Paris, 30 November 2020. – High on the agenda this week: SpaceX is planning to launch a Starship prototype into 50,000 feet altitude, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said last week. “Aiming for first 15km / ~50k ft altitude flight next week. Goals are to test 3 engine ascent, body flaps, …

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