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San Francisco start-up to launch first Gas Station in Space

Paris, 19 November 2020. – Refueling instead of graveyard: The Californian company Orbit Fab opens the first gas station in space, the company said. The San Francisco-based start-up agreed with Spaceflight, the rideshare and mission provider, to launch its first operational fuel depot, dubbed Tanker 001 Tenzing, into space next …

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Switzerland to kick off Space4Impact platform

Paris, 19 November 2020. – The Swiss Space Center and the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Business Incubation Center in Switzerland are launching Space4Impact, an online event “to raise awareness about space technologies and launch a digital marketplace platform to connect corporates, investors, organizations, and startups”, Space4Impact said. The event is …

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Luxembourg creates European space resources centre ESRIC

Paris, 19 November 2020. – Luxembourg partners with the European Space Agency (ESA) to create the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESCRIC), the Luxembourgish Government announced. ESRIC wants to partner with public and private international players “to create a hub of excellence for space resources in Europe”, the Government and …

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Eutelsat’s High Throughput Satellite Konnect starts services

Paris, 17 November 2020. – Nearly a year after its launch, Eutelsat’s next generation High Throughput satellite Konnect has now entered into services at its orbital position 7 degrees East, the company announced. The spacecraft was launched in January 2020 but could not start because the Covid lockdown delayed the …

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“Series of human errors” likely reason for loss of Vega VV17

Paris, 17 November 2020. – A human error in the integration of the fourth stage seems to be a likely reason for the loss of the Vega mission VV17 from Kourou Monday night, Arianespace said. Initial investigations, conducted overnight with the available telemetry and production data, led to the assumption …

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Speedcast transfers maritime customers to Inmarsat

Paris, 17 November 2020. – Speedcast is selling its prime maritime customers to Inmarsat, the companies announced. Speedcast and Inmarsat reached an agreement on the sale of Speedcast’s primary Fleet Xpress, Fleet Broadband and Fleet One service contracts, London-based Inmarsat said in a press release. “The agreement marks another significant …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Prof. Stephan Hobe” On 8 December 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Prof. Stephan Hobe, Director at Institute of Air Law, Space Law and Cyber Law, University Cologne, Cologne, Germany. This event will take place on 8 December 2020 at 4:00 pm CET. Prof. Hobe will discuss some questions of the future design of the …

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Vega VV17 fails, Taranis and SEOSAT-Ingenio satellites both lost

Paris, 17 November 2020. – A Vega rocket with France’s Taranis and Spain’s SEOSAT-Ingenio satellites on board failed yesterday, Arianespace said; both satellites were lost. “8 minutes after liftoff of Vega mission VV17, following the first ignition of the engine of the Avum upper stage, a deviation of trajectory was …

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Astrobiology Journal features findings of simulated Mars mission

Paris, 17 November 2020. – The Astrobiology Journal has published the findings of the international simulated Mars mission AMADEE-18, which took place in February 2018 in the desert of Oman. From February 1 to 28, 2018, the Austrian Space Forum lead the mission in the Dhofar region in the Sultanate …

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NASA looking for partners to advance Moon mission imagery

Paris, 17 November 2020. – NASA is seeking partners to produce advanced imagery of its Artemis missions to Moon and Mars. “We’re looking for partners to use advanced technologies, imagery applications and approaches that will go beyond our standard coverage on NASA TV,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “We want …

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