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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 16 Nov – 22 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 16 Nov – 22 Nov 2020”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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ESA supports lunar missions with ‘Moonlight’ and ground stations

Paris, 23 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) supports China’s lunar sample return mission Chang’e-5, which was successfully launched on a Long March rocket last night, by relaying signals from the spacecraft across the Solar System with its ground station network, the agency said. ESA’s Estrack network is …

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China launches Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon

Paris, 24 November 2020. – China successfully launched its Chang’e-5 lunar sample return mission last night on a Long March 5 rocket, Chinese television and international media reported. Chinese CGTN television showed the successful lift-off, separation and solar array deployment live from the Wengchang satellite launch and control center in …

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OneWeb emerges with new CEO and return to flight launch date

Paris, 23 November 2020. – On the safe side now: The Low Earth Orbit operator OneWeb has emerged from bankruptcy and appointed a new CEO, the company announced. OneWeb emerged from U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company said, and achieved all relevant regulatory approvals. A consortium of the UK …

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Luxembourg raises budget for Luxeosys satellite to €300 million

Paris, 23 November 2020. – Following heated debates, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies has voted an additional budget for its military observation satellite Luxeosys, the newspaper Wort reported. The Grand Duchy’s Parliament also rejected to set up a committee of inquiry looking into the preparation of the project and the …

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Copernicus Sentinel-6 launched to observe our oceans

Paris, 23 November 2020. – A new family member: Copernicus Sentinel-6 was launched successfully on a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Saturday. The 1.2 tons satellite lifted off from SpaceX’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and entered its orbit one hour after lift-off, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. Sentinel-6 …

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Rocket Lab “returns to sender” with Electron’s 1st first stage recovery

Paris, 20 November 2020. – Successful return to sender: Rocket Lab has, for the first time, brought a first stage of its Electron back to Earth in tonight’s “Return to Sender” mission. “Splashdown of Electron’s first stage confirmed,” Rocket Lab tweeted this morning, “recovery ops are underway”. Approximately two and …

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Viasat buys Eutelsat’s KA-SAT and European broadband platform

Paris, 20 November 2020. – Divorce completed: Viasat buys Eutelsat’s 51% share in their former European broadband partnership and its KA-SAT satellite platform, the Californian company announced. Viasat acquires Eutelsat’s 51% share of Euro Broadband Infrastructure (EBI), the wholesale broadband services business that both companies jointly created in Europe. It will …

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