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Rocket Lab brings its 100th satellite into space

Paris, 10 February 2021. – They Go Up So Fast, that’s how it’s called: Rocket Lab’s next mission in mid-March will bring the total number of satellites launched by Electron to 104, the launch provider said. Its mission will deploy a range of satellites for commercial and government operators and …

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NASA contracts SpaceX to launch first lunar outpost elements

Paris, 10 February 2021. – The U.S. space agency NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for two foundational elements of its lunar outpost Gateway, NASA announced. SpaceX will launch the agency’s Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO). PPE and HALO are targeted to launch …

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Eutelsat to develop, host and operate EGNOS GEO-4

Paris, 10 February 2021. – The European GNSS Agency (GSA) in Prague has selected Eutelsat for the development, integration and operation of its next-generation EGNOS GEO-4 service. The contract covers 15 years of service provision and represents a total value of €100 million, of which €85 million are still subject …

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Three missions to reach Mars, fourth one planned for 2026

Paris, 9 February 2021. – Who’s first: Three Mars missions, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), China and the U.S., are to reach the Red Planet in the next days. The UAE’s Hope orbiter is set to arrive today, followed by China’s Tianwen-1 mission and NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance next …

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OQ works with Dubai’s MBRSC on 5G and IoT

Paris, 8 February 2021. – OQ Technology, a satellite start-up working on 5G and IoT, partners with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, the start-up based in Dubai and Luxembourg said. OQ Technology is building a global constellation of nanosatellites to extend the cellular 5G Internet-of-things (IoT) …

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Lockheed Martin to kick off Shetland launches with ABL

Paris, 8 February 2021. – Two U.S. companies pioneer UK launch: Lockheed Martin selected the Californian ABL Space Systems for the first launch from the island of Unst in Shetland, the BBC reported. The inaugural flight could occur next year, BBC said. ABL Space wants to launch small and cubesats …

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JAXA and ESA cooperate on Hera and MMX missions

Paris, 8 February 2021. – Two agencies, two missions: The European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan’s space agency JAXA continue their cooperation in Earth observation, space science and exploration and put a new focus on two missions: Hera and MMX. Hera is an international asteroid and planetary defence mission which …

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EU Court suspends Galileo signing with Thales and Airbus – report

Paris, 5 February 2021. – The losing bidder seems to put a spoke in the wheel: The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg suspended the signing of the €1.47 billion Galileo contracts with Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space, Space Intel Report found out. The scheduled signing for a …

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NASA pays SpaceX nearly $100 million for SphereX mission

Paris, 5 February 2021. – The Universe is worth it: The U.S. space agency NASA pays SpaceX nearly $100 million to launch its SPHEREx spectro-photometer mission planned for June 2024. SPHEREx is a two-year astrophysics mission to survey the sky in the near-infrared light, which, though not visible to the …

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