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European Space Agency And NASA Partner For Lunar Science

ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, and Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, signed a Statement of Intent to coordinate joint science research about the Moon and identify opportunities for lunar mission cooperation. Signed during the National Academies’ Space Science Week in Washington DC, …

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UAE’s Etihad Airways Successfully Installs Satellite Tracking Safety Measures Across Entire Fleet

The UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways has successfully implemented the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System, GADSS, recommendations for flight tracking ahead of the General Civil Aviation Authority’s, GCAA’s, proposed deadline of 1 June 2019. With an ICAO completion date of 8 November 2018, Etihad …

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Singapore’s ST Engineering Buys Out Newtec For $281 Million

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced on 27 March 2019 that its subsidiary Singapore Technologies Engineering (Europe) Ltd, has entered into a conditional share purchase agreement to acquire a 100% ownership in Newtec Group NV, an established Belgium-based company in the satellite communications industry. The consideration of €250m (approximately …

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Spaceflight makes ready for 21-satellite launch aboard PSLV C45

Spaceflight will launch 21 spacecraft on a rideshare mission from India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at India’s Satish Dhawan Space Center. The launch is scheduled for Mon., April 1, 2019 Indian Standard Time (Sun., March 31 PDT). Payloads aboard the mission include the Astrocast-02 3U cubesat from Switzerland-based Astrocast …

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Australian And German Researchers Unveil More Efficient Satellite Launch Method

As part of a global industry research project, combustion experts from the University of Sydney’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering are one step closer to developing a more efficient and cost-effective access to space platform for satellite launches. As part of the University’s Clean Combustion Group, Associate Professor …

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Space Wars: India Successfully Tests Anti-Satellite Weapon In ‘Mission Shakti’

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the country’s first anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test against an out-of-service Indian satellite orbiting the Earth at 300 kilometres altitude on Wednesday, 27 March 2019, at 11.16 am Indian Time. The test was carried out by DRDO from its test range …

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Japanese New Space: Sunrise Partners With Phase Four To Market Next Generation Satellite Propulsion

Phase Four, makers of electric radio frequency (RF) thrusters for in-space propulsion, has announced a new agreement with Japan-based advanced spacecraft experts, Sunrise. Sunrise specializes in leading-edge aerospace technology, including satellite hardware and launch. As part of a three-year agreement, Sunrise will be bringing Maxwell, Phase Four’s turnkey electric propulsion …

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OneWeb Places Bet On Ariane-6 Launch Vehicle To Loft Satellites On Maiden Flight

OneWeb is the developer of a new global, high-speed, low latency satellite-based network designed to address the most demanding global connectivity challenges worldwide. Ariane 6 will be available to OneWeb from the second half of 2020 to provide launch capacity that supports the full deployment and replenishment of the OneWeb …

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