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Space Café WebTalk Recap: René Laufer ‘Talks SmallSats’ And Predicts Future Trends

“Be a Tie Fighter” “Don’t Become a Fashion Victim” “Do One Thing Well” Prof. Dr. René Laufer offered these sage snippets of insight into the SmallSat world — and so much more — in this week’s Space Café WebTalk, held on 12 May. Demonstrating his deep knowledge and understanding of SmallSats …

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C6 Launch Systems Successfully Completes Canadian Space Agency-Funded Communications Project

C6 Launch Systems Inc., is pleased to announce the successful completion of a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) funded research and development project paving the way for next-generation, low-cost space communications for small-sat rockets. Named C6 STARS™ (Space Transmission and Reception System), the system was developed on time with a CA$71,990 …

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Pressure Grows To Scrap Proposed UK Global Navigation Satellite System

Senior British civil servants are reportedly urging government ministers to abandon plans to build the UK’s own global navigation satellite system (GNSS), arguing that the proposed £5 billion project is “unaffordable” amid the economic devastation being wrought by the Coronavirus pandemic. According to an 8 May 2020 report in the …

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Myanmar To Build Two Earth Observation Satellites With Japanese Assistance 

Myanmar is to build and launch a small Earth observation satellite by 2021 with the assistance of Japan. Engineers and technicians from the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University will travel to Japan as soon as travel restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic are lifted, where they will be trained and …

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Airbus Wins Contract To Supply EU With Satellite Communications

Airbus has won the new satellite communications framework contract for military and civil missions of the European Union and its member states. This four-year framework contract was awarded by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and is estimated to be worth tens of millions of euros. “With this satellite communications programme, Airbus …

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The Rocket & Satellite Company, Pakistan’s First Private Space Company, Is Ready To Launch

  Pakistan’s first private space company, The Rocket & Satellite Company Limited, announced this week that it has registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Government of Pakistan. The company announced that it will offer low-cost solutions in three main areas: space launch systems, satellite manufacturing, and ground segment as …

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IRGC Space Command Chief Says Iran Plans To Put A Satellite In Geostationary Orbit

Iran is planning to develop and launch a satellite into geostationary orbit (GEO) – at an altitude of 36,000 kilometres – for the economic benefit of the country, according to Brigadier Ali Jafarabadi, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Space Command. Speaking with Iranian news outlet Negar …

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Virgin Proposes At-The-Market Offering Of Shares Of Virgin Galactic Holdings By Vieco 10 Limited

Virgin Group, through its subsidiary Vieco 10 Limited, announced on 11 May 2020 that it may offer and sell up to 25,000,000 shares of its common stock in Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc., to or through Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC as sales agent or principal. VGH filed an amendment to …

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