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TNO signs contract ESA for Phase 2 OF TOmCAT project for telecom satellites

TNO signed a contract with ESA to demonstrate cutting-edge optical communication technologies for future terabit-speed telecom satellites. The TOmCAT project (Terabit Optical Communication Adaptive Terminal) will enable high-throughput laser communication between ground stations and satellites. This project is Phase 2 of TOmCAT, which started in 2017. It brings together key …

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NASA taps SETI Institute for Planetary Protection Support contract

NASA awarded the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, a contract to support all phases of current and future planetary protection missions to ensure compliance with planetary protection standards. The SETI Institute will work with NASA’s Office of Planetary Protection (OPP) to provide technical reviews and recommendations, validate biological cleanliness on …

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NASA updates protection policies for Moon-to-Mars missions

NASA has released two NASA Interim Directives (NIDs) updating the agency’s requirements for robotic and human missions traveling to the Earth’s Moon, and human missions traveling to Mars. The first, NID 8715.128, addresses the control of forward terrestrial biological contamination associated with all NASA and NASA-affiliated missions intended to land, orbit, or …

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exactEarth expands Channel Partner Agreement by $7.0 Million

exactEarth, a provider of Satellite-AIS data services, announced an expanded alliance agreement with one of its existing channel partners. All financial figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated. The Amended Agreement extends the current agreement between the companies by three-and-a-half years through to December 2023. exactEarth estimates that this Amended Agreement …

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Viasat launches premium residential internet service in Brazil

Communications company Viasat announced the availability of reliable, high-speed, high-quality internet service for residential customers in Brazil. Viasat expects to be the only satellite internet service provider (ISP) that will be capable of making high-speed internet available in 100 percent of the country, upon completion of the residential launch rollout. …

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International student teams unveil their lunar habitation concepts at IGLUNA 2020

IGLUNA project presentations take take place from the 10th of July until the 19th July, live on YouTube. In one academic year, more than 150 students from 10 different countries have gathered their knowledge around the IGLUNA program to design technologies for human survival in space. Several experts and representatives …

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New York startup iRocket lands contract for reusable rockets with US Air Force

iRocket announced that the company signed a Phase II RAPID Other Transaction Agreement contract with the U.S. Air Force, on the heels of the phase I contract where iRocket partnered with Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in Albuquerque, N.M., and Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, …

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