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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In June 2020

By Raphael Roettgen With only some US$34 million of space-related funding rounds, June sure looked like a slow month on the funding front, perhaps illustrating the time lag in Corona impact that we have previously discussed in this column. On the anecdotal (non-announced) front of things, we at E2MC certainly …

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NASA and Partner Space Agencies to Release Global View of COVID-19 Impacts

NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) will unveil a dashboard of satellite data showing impacts on the environment and socioeconomic activity caused by the global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic during a media teleconference at 9 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 25. The COVID-19 Earth …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 005 Featuring Simon Gwozdz Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the fifth episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast. Episode 005 features special guest Simon Gwozdz, CEO and Founder of Equatorial Space Systems in Singapore. Simon is not yet 30 years old and already called the Elon of Singapore. With his company “Equatorial Space …

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Australia aims to launch locally-made hybrid rockets by 2022

Australia is increasingly keen on greater independence in spaceflight. The University of Queensland and Gilmour Space are moving forward on a domestically-made “next-generation” hybrid rocket that could start launching satellites into low Earth orbit in 2022. Crucially, all the rockets and components would be made in Australia — they wouldn’t …

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Japan’s Interstellar Technologies’ Private Rocket Launch Fails

A private rocket from a Japanese firm, Interstellar Technologies, failed to launch on Sunday.  At 5:15 a.m. on Sunday in the town of Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, the Interstellar rocket, “Momo-F5”, experienced an anomaly approximately 68-70 seconds after launch. The “Momo-F5” rocket’s engine nozzle broke, causing the rocket to lose balance. In …

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Australia’s first Mission Control Centre contracted to Saber Astronautics

Australia’s first Mission Control Centre is one step closer to lift off with local company Saber Astronautics chosen to establish the state-of-the-art space hub in Adelaide. The Mission Control Centre will provide facilities for space businesses and researchers to control satellite and space missions, and include a live link to …

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York Space Systems Announces Partnership With LatConnect 60 To Deploy SmallSat Constellation

York Space Systems, an aerospace company specializing in complete space segment customer solutions and the manufacturer of standardized spacecraft platforms, announced that the company has been chosen as a strategic partner & subcontractor by LatConnect 60, who is currently developing a small satellite constellation that will provide greater access and …

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Philippines’ Dept of Agriculture To Use Satellite Technology For Crop Insurance

In an effort to digitize Philippine agriculture, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through Planters Products Inc. (PPI) and the Satsure AG signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on 8 June to provide better crop insurance in the country using satellite technology. The MOA signing was witnessed by Agriculture Secretary William …

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Serbia And China Sign Space Technology Cooperation Agreement

Serbia and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on space technology cooperation on 5 June 2020. The MoU includes a provision for the joint development of a Sino-Serbian satellite. The MoU was signed for China by Zhang Kejian, director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), and Nenad Popovic, …

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