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China’s secretive reusable spacecraft back to landing site

Jiuquan, China, 6 September 2020. – China’s reusable experimental spacecraft returned to the scheduled landing site in northwest China on Sunday after a two-day in-orbit operation, the official Chinese Xinhua news agency reported 6 September. The spacecraft was launched with a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch …

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Rocket Lab launches “First Light” photon satellite

Long Beach, California, 3 September 2020. Space systems company Rocket Lab has launched its first in-house designed and built operational satellite, cementing the company’s evolution from a launch provider to an end-to-end space solutions company that offers turnkey satellites and spacecraft components, launch, and on-orbit operations. The satellite, named ‘First …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Moon missions: exciting times coming

by Joshua Carlson It is an exciting time for space enthusiasts, particularly those who aim for economic development of the Moon. The Moon is awash in new flights, plans, and missions over the next decade – and very likely, far beyond that. A recent graphic by the ESA captures the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Global Maritime Awareness is Gaining Focus

by Guy Thomas, Contributing Editor The US Naval Intelligence Maritime Intelligence Integration Office (NMIO) recently hosted a virtual meeting sponsored by NATO ACT (Allied Command Transformation) on tools being used to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).  It was heartening to learn of the tools and processes that are …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Jean-Jacques Dordain on European Space Innovation

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Former Director General of the European Space Agency talked about space innovation in Europe. Jean-Jacques Dordain is to date the longest serving Director General at ESA . Jean-Jacques Dordain has a great experience in the functioning of Europe’s space sector and is now working …

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L3Harris selected by Airbus for next-gen satellite antenna

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been selected by Airbus Defence and Space to build a space reflector antenna for a next-generation satellite which will provide mobile telecommunication services throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central Asia. The geostationary satellite, owned and operated by Yahsat/Thuraya, will carry an L-band payload that will …

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Space BD to provide SmallSatellite deployment service

Space BD, a Japanese space startup that provides access to space using the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” ,and rideshares on Japan’s flagship launch vehicle “H3”, announced that it will provide cubesat deployment service from the ISS for HMU-SAT1. HMU-SAT1 is a nanosatellite developed by Space Development …

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Azercosmos and Globecast Extend Partnership to Deliver Satellite Services to Africa

Azercosmos, a leading satellite operator in the South Caucasus, has signed an extended partnership agreement with Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, to increase capacity and coverage across Africa. As a result of this expanded relationship with Azercosmos, Globecast is able to supply its customers across the continent with …

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E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in August 2020

By Raphael Roettgen August 2020 sure proved that a lot of private capital can flow into the space sector, with a total of US$2.2 billion. Sure, SpaceX represented over 80% of this total – the company’s latest filing shows $1.9 billion raised of a potential total of $2.066 billion – …

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Gilat posts lower revenues and loss, but confident for second half 2020

Gilat Satellite Networks, a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today reported its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020. Key Financial Highlights are: Revenues for Q2 2020 totaled $38.3 million compared with $59.7 million for Q2 2019. Q2 2020 – GAAP operating loss was …

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