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Italy signs with NASA to contribute to Artemis program

Berlin, 27 September 2020. – The Italian Government has signed a contract with NASA to contribute to the U.S. space agency’s Artemis program. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine signed a joint statement of intent with Italian Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Riccardo Fraccaro, representing the Italian government, …

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U.S. judge sends OneWeb’s rescue plan to vote and okays financing

Berlin, 27 September 2020. – A New York bankruptcy judge has sent OneWeb’s Chapter 11 plan for creditor vote and approved OneWeb’s financing plan, Law360 reported. “A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday sent OneWeb Global’s $181 million equity-swap Chapter 11 plan to a creditor vote while approving $235 million …

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SpaceX’s challenge of Air Force awards to Starship rivals to be rejected

Berlin, 27 September 2020. – SpaceX’s attempt to challenge U.S. Air Force’s contracts with rivals of SpaceX’s Starship for Moon and Mars missions is expected to be rejected, Reuters reported. A U.S. federal judge plans to deny SpaceX’s challenge to U.S. Air Force contracts awarded in October 2018 to its …

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Exolaunch to support launch of four Spire Global cubesats on Soyuz

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, will arrange the launch and provide technical mission management for four Spire Global cubesats aboard the upcoming Wanderlust mission, Berlin-based Exolaunch said. Spire Global, based in San Franciso, runs the world’s largest commercial constellation of nanosatellites making …

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Anywaves delivers 5G antennas to Thales Alenia Space’s Omnispace

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – The French antenna equipment manufacturer Anywaves has been selected by Thales Alenia Space to help develop its satellite-based 5G Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure, the company said. Anywaves will deliver payload user antennas that will be embedded into the initial set of two satellites that …

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Leonardo CEO Profumo nominated head of AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, has been nominated President of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), the company headquartered in Rome announced. Profumo will lead the organisation for the next two years, representing large companies of the sector and over 3,000 SMEs and …

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Another Microsoft Azure partner: Amergint delivers digitizers and data transport

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – Amergint is working with Microsoft on its new cloud-satellite service Microsoft Azure Orbital, the Colorado-based signal and data processing company announced. Amergint is delivering digitizers and data transport appliances that enable the collection, network transport, and processing of digitized IF satellite signals used by earth …

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NASA’s Bridenstine urges U.S. to maintain LEO presence post ISS

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine urged U.S. lawmakers to maintain the presence of the United States in Low Earth Orbit after the International Space Station (ISS) is decommissioned in 2030 and fund private companies to do that, the news agency AFP reported. Testifying before the Commerce, Justice …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Natalia Archinard On Switzerland’s Commitment to Space Sustainability

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Natália Archinard, Deputy Head of the Science, Education, Transport and Space Section at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) talked about Switzerland’s …

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