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European orbiters support NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Countdown on the Red Planet: the landing of NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance will be supported by ESA, the European Space Agency said. NASA’s Mars rover is due to land on 18 February. In order to communicate with the Earth, the rover will use existing spacecraft …

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OQ takes lead in European 5G nanosat mission

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Hard- and software: OQ Technology, a satellite start-up from Luxembourg, was contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to contribute hard- and software to the nanosat mission MACSAT. OQ Technology said it signed a 2 million Euro contract with the ESA in the frame of …

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NASA to launch its Jupiter Europa Clipper not on SLS

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Shift to commercial: the U.S. space agency NASA decided to launch its Europa Clipper spacecraft to the Jupiter moon not on its own, government-funded Space Launch System (SLS) but on a commercial vehicle, the project team told the press and the public at a NASA …

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Ali Al Hashemi to follow Masood Mahmood as Yahsat CEO

Paris, 11 February 2021. – New CEO, new Board: The CEO of Yahsat, Masood Mahmood, steps down in April and will hand over to Ali Al Hashemi, currently CEO of Thuraya and General Manager of Yahsat Government Solutions, the company announced. Mahmood will join the Yahsat Board of Directors, Yahsat said, …

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Turkey wants to go to the Moon in 2023 and 2028

Paris, 11 February 2021. – Turkey wants to go to the Moon in 2023. “The national space program will carry our country to an upper league in the global space race,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said according to a report of the Anadolu news agency. Erdogan presented a program that …

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Firefly and Exolaunch want to fly together on Alpha

Paris, 11 February 2021. – Alpha and Exolaunch: the German launch service provider will offer rideshare missions aboard Firefly’s Alpha vehicle from next year on, the U.S. company said. Firefly Aerospace and Exolaunch agreed to “integrate and launch multi-satellite clusters aboard Firefly’s Alpha launch vehicle beginning in 2022,” Firefly announced. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 1 – 7 Feb 2021

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 Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 1 – 7 Feb 2021”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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Telesat asks Thales to build 298 Lightspeed satellites

Paris, 10 February 2021. – Light and bright: Thales Alenia Space and its affiliate Telespazio will build Telesat’s new LEO constellation Lightspeed, the Canadian satellite operator announced. Comprised of 298 satellites and an advanced ground network, Lightspeed “is the most innovative, cutting-edge broadband satellite network ever conceived”, Telesat said. Operating …

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