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SDSC 2023 – Welcome from Tallinn, Estonia

Welcome to Tallinn, Estonia for the 3rd Software Defined Space Conference, hosted by the Estonian Space Office, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia. The next days we will discuss the critical role of software development and #cybersecurity in space, and the role that leading e-nation #Estonia plays in this area. Follow everything this week on hashtag #SDSC2023!

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mu Space plans to launch Space Supply Chain in Southeast Asia

Mr. James Yenbamroong on building a space supply chain. Credit mu space

mu Space, a satellite manufacturer from Southeast Asia, is looking to create a space supply chain for its region. The company's goal is to launch Southeast Asia into a global competitor in the aerospace industry. mu Space believes that by building a space supply chain, companies will have a greater chance in utilising technologies and furthermore innovating them for the future.

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HawkEye 360 Receives NIWC Contract for Satellite RF Data

HawkEye 360 Inc. has announced today it has received a $12.25 million contract from the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific to share satellite RF data, analytics and training with partner nations in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. HawkEye 360 will use SeaVision, a multinational data-sharing platform, to share unclassified information to improve maritime domain awareness.

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TAP Accelerator Program launched by Space Systems Command

Col. Raj Agrawal, Brig. Gen. Kyle C. Paul, Col. Stephen Lyon provided an overview of the Space Domain Awareness TAP Lab Accelerator program to more than 200 attendees. Credit SSC

Space Systems Command (SSC) started its technology accelerator program at its newest Technology, Applications, and Process (TAP) Lab on the 28th of October. It has been supported by Virginia Tech’s Applied Research Corporation (VT-ARC) and MITRE Corporation. The opening day agenda welcomed more than 200 participants and showcased not only the mission of the Accelerator program, but also the physical space TAP Lab provides aiming to enhance the collaboration experience. 

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UNIO Raises Pre-seed to Develop its Bridge Product

Katrin Bacic

UNIO has announced that it has raised €2.5 million in pre-seed funding to keep up with its mission to provide always-on connectivity for connected vehicles by seamlessly bridging terrestrial and satellite networks. With the funding, UNIO aims to advance the development and market launch of the UNIO ‘bridge’ product. This product will potentially deliver seamless connectivity for connected vehicles transitioning between 5G and satellite connectivity, delivering ‘always-on’ connectivity for all mobile use cases.

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Maxar Intelligence Appoints Dan Smoot as Chief Executive Officer

Dan Smoot

Maxar Intelligence has appointed Dan Smoot as its new CEO, effective November 6, 2023, completing the Company's phase of investment in the business’ senior leadership talent. Daniel Jablonsky, who has been serving as interim CEO of Maxar Intelligence, will subsequently transition to the Board of Directors. Consequent upon the appointment, Smoot will lead a new Maxar Intelligence management team with extensive experience in the national security, space and technology sectors.

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SDA Contracts Northrop Grumman for PWSA T2TL Satellites

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received an agreement with a total potential value of approximately $732 million to design and build 38 data transport satellites, from the Space Development Agency (SDA). These satellites will support Tranche 2 Transport Layer – Alpha (T2TL-Alpha), the latest iteration of SDA’s low-Earth orbit Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA). Furthermore, the announcement follows an August 2023 award to Northrop Grumman of 36 satellites as part of Tranche 2 Transport Layer – Beta (T2TL-Beta)

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The Space Café Podcast #92: Planetary Defense: How to save earth from asteroid disaster and the winding road to success with HERA mission principal investigator Dr Patrick Michel

The Space Café Podcast #92: Planetary Defense: How to save earth from asteroid disaster and the winding road to success with HERA mission principal investigator Patrick Michel. In this riveting episode, Dr. Patrick Michel, dives deep into the intricacies of planetary defense, asteroid research missions, the essence of teamwork, and the life lessons he’s garnered over the years. ➡️ The undeniable importance of collaboration in overcoming space-related adversities. ➡️ Lessons from the HERA mission: Turning setbacks into steppingstones. ➡️ Patrick’s insights on success, the winding path of scientific research, and the unpredictability of major breakthroughs.

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Australia and US formalize a Technology Safeguards Agreement


The Governments of Australia and the United States of America have signed an agreement formalizing the Technology Safeguards Agreement between both countries. As a result, the Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA) will allow US companies to carry out space launch activities in Australia and protect US technology, including rockets and satellites. The agreement signing occurred as part of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit to the United States.

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