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ESA and Arianespace Establish Flight VV15 Inquiry Commission

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Arianespace have decided to appoint an independent inquiry commission to analyse the reasons for the Flight VV15 failure and define measures needed to ensure the resumption of Vega flights while fulfilling all requisite safety and security conditions. This inquiry commission is co-chaired by the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Renata Dwan of United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

As the debate about arms in space rages on and becomes more of a concern for countries all over the world, the importance of discussion within the international community becomes even more critical. In this interview, Renata Dwan, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), gives us …

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Space Park Leicester Receives £13.75 Million Meteoric Boost from Government

The University of Leicester is delighted to announce that its new Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Earth Observation Research Centre (METEOR) has received nearly £14 million in funding through Round 6 of Research England’s flagship capital investment scheme, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). This funding will leverage a further …

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Vega Launch Vehicle Experiences Major Launch Anomaly, Loses UAE Spacecraft

The Vega rocket delivering the Falcon Eye 1 earth observation satellite to space for the UAE, has suffered what has been described as a “major anomaly”, resulting in the loss of both the rocket and the satellite. Approximately two minutes after the Vega launcher’s liftoff from the Spaceport in French …

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Firefly Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries Enter Exclusive Agreement for U.S. Commercialization of Lunar Lander Technology

Firefly Aerospace has announced that it has signed an Intellectual Property and Engineering Support Agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for technology based on its Beresheet Lunar Lander. Firefly Aerospace is one of the nine companies selected by NASA to participate in the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to …

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Spaceflight to Launch Multiple Spacecraft from International Space Station via Cygnus

Spaceflight has announced that it is providing mission management and rideshare integration services on an upcoming launch from the International Space Station (ISS) and Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus launch vehicle. Spaceflight bought the capacity through an arrangement with Hypergiant SEOPS for a variety of customer spacecraft, including: RFTSat from Northwest Nazarene …

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PTScientists Continues Moon Mission Despite Preliminary Bankruptcy

Berlin space start-up, PTScientists filed for bankruptcy on Friday, July 5, 2019, with the competent district court, Charlottenburg, Berlin. This was due to unplanned delays in the acquisition of further incentives and subsidies for the planned Moon mission. The resulting liquidity shortage made the application legally necessary. Lawyer Sascha Feies …

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Ethiopian Broadcasters to Migrate to SES Satellite Creating Dedicated Ethiopian TV Environment

Ethiopian private and public broadcasters, and the local media market, are poised for growth following two agreements signed between SES and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB), and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Cooperation (EBC) that will result in the creation of a dedicated Ethiopian TV environment. In particular, the AEB agreement …

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Virgin Galactic and Social Capital Hedosophia Announce Merger

Virgin Galactic (VG) and Social Capital Hedosophia (SCH), a public investment vehicle sponsored by Social Capital and Hedosophia, announced that the boards of directors of each company have approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge, with the current shareholders of SCH expected to own up to approximately …

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