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Thales signs up as prime contractor for Indonesian SATRIA satellite

Jakarta/Toulouse, 3 September 2020. — Satelit Nusantara Tiga (SNT) and Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced the signature of a Preliminary Work Agreement to start the activities of the Indonesian broadband telecommunication satellite SATRIA. The full Ka-band SATRIA satellite, to be positioned at …

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FT: Munich start-up Isar Aerospace starts production of Spectrum rocket

Munich/London/Paris, 8 September 2020. – The Munich-based start-up Isar Aerospace started production of its Spectrum rocket as the “first privately built rocket” developed in Germany, the Financial Times (FT) reported on Monday. “Germany will join the commercial space race”, FT said, “in an attempt to gain a foothold in the …

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Exolaunch to Deliver SALSAT into Orbit for Berlin university

Berlin, 8 September 2020. – The Technische Universität Berlin, a leading German university specializing in space engineering, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, have reached a launch agreement for the SALSAT nanosatellite. Under the agreement, Exolaunch is providing launch, mission management, and integration services for the Technische …

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UAE’s planned city on Mars gets help from university on radiation research

Abu Dhabi, 7 September, 2020. – A new research finding on radiation will support the UAE’s ambitious project to build the first human settlement on Mars by 2117, a scientist told Emirates News Agency, WAM. “Radiation is one of the biggest roadblocks in planning long-term space missions, especially the project …

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Astroscale UK appoints Sharon Parker-Lines as Operations Director

London/Tokyo, 2 September, 2020. – Astroscale Ltd., the UK subsidiary of Astroscale Holdings Inc., Japan, the market-leader in securing long-term orbital sustainability, announced the strengthening of its management team with the appointment of Sharon Parker-Lines as UK Operations Director effective 1 September 2020. Sharon joins Astroscale with more than 20 …

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Amergint completes acquisition of Raytheon’s space-based optics business

Colorado Springs, 1 September 2020. – Amergint Technologies Holdings, Inc. (ATH) announced it has completed the acquisition of Raytheon Technologies’ electro-optics technology business headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, which will be renamed Danbury Mission Technologies (Danbury). Previously a division of Raytheon Technologies’ Collins Aerospace Systems unit, Danbury is a leading technology …

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US issues fifth Space Policy Directive on space cybersecurity

Washington, DC, 7 September 2020. – The White House has issued last week its fifth Space Policy Directive (SPD 5) outlining cybersecurity principles of space systems and operations. The memorandum signed by US President Donald Trump sets forth key cybersecurity principles for space systems and intends to serve as “the …

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CSIS think tank reports on key governance issues in space

Washington, DC, 7 September 2020. – The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, presented last week a comprehensive report on key governance issues in space. The research report conducted by CSIS’ Aerospace Security Project focused on space sustainability and debris mitigation, rendezvous and proximity operations, and …

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China’s secretive reusable spacecraft back to landing site

Jiuquan, China, 6 September 2020. – China’s reusable experimental spacecraft returned to the scheduled landing site in northwest China on Sunday after a two-day in-orbit operation, the official Chinese Xinhua news agency reported 6 September. The spacecraft was launched with a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch …

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