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OneWeb Files For Bankruptcy As Softbank Funding Talks Collapse

OneWeb, the British-headquartered satellite communications company, announced on 27 March 2020 that it has filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors under the provisions of the Bankruptcy Code in the US Bankruptcy Court in New York’s Southern District. According to a company press release, OneWeb intends to use the Chapter …

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Looking Up: ArianeGroup’s GEOTracker Space Surveillance Network Gets Even Bigger

ArianeGroup’s GEOTracker network continues to expand around the world. Its seventh observatory has already been installed at its site of Ottobrunn in Germany, and an eighth station will be located in Australian’s Northern Territory at the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd. (CfAT) site, around 10 km south of Alice Springs. …

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ICEYE Unveils 25 CM SAR Imaging Capability With Current SAR Satellite Constellation

Finnish New Space leader ICEYE unveiled its latest capability of 25 cm resolution imaging with synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) small satellites, utilizing the company’s current commercial SAR satellite constellation in-orbit. With this very high resolution imaging capability, ICEYE SAR data achieves the same resolution class provided by larger, conventional commercial SAR …

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Launch Of Argentinian Satellite By SpaceX Postponed Due To Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

Elon Musk’s claim that the governmental and societal response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is an overreaction and “dumb” has caught up with him (again) as it was revealed that the 30 March 2020 scheduled launch of Argentina’s SAOCOM-1B remote sensing satellite by a SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicle …

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Rocket Lab Postpones Launch Of Its Next Mission In Response To COVID-19 Situation

Rocket Lab posted the following announcement on 25 March 2020: Rocket Lab has postponed the launch of its next mission in response to the COVID-19 situation. In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have paused launch preparations for our next mission to protect the health and safety of Rocket …

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CloudFerro Inks Agreement To Provide Very High Resolution Satellite Imagery

Polish cloud computing service provider CloudFerro, which operates cloud platforms providing Earth observation satellite images, has established a cooperation agreement with a Chinese operator, CG Satellite. Thanks to this agreement, CloudFerro can now provide satellite images and video in very high resolution, taken both night and day. The image archive …

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China’s Long March 2C Rocket Launches Military Surveillance Satellites Into Orbit

China successfully launched three national security satellites on board a Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on 24 March 2020, according to Chinese news media sources. The Long March 2C launched the sixth group of three Yaogan-30 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) satellites from …

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EU Agency For Cybersecurity Calls For Experts In Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging concept facilitating intelligent and automated decision-making. Whereas undoubtedly beneficial, one should not sidestep the fact that AI and its application on automated decision making might open up new avenues in manipulation and attack methods, while creating new security and privacy challenges. The European Union …

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Venezuela’s VENESAT-1 Tumbling And Out Of Service

Venezuela’s only geostationary communications satellite, VENESAT-1 (also known as Simon Bolivar-1), has been tumbling in an unusable orbit since 13 March 2020 after it made a number of manoeuvres, presumably at the direction of its Venezuelan operator, according to Space News who spoke with commercial space situational awareness (SSA) providers ExoAnalytic Solutions …

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