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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Kazuto Suzuki On Japan’s Likely Support

On 6 April 2020, US President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources. This order addresses US policy regarding the recovery and use of resources in outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies. Starting today, …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Completes Electron Mid-Air Recovery Test

Rocket Lab, a space systems company and the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has successfully completed a mid-air recovery test – a maneuver that involves snagging an Electron test stage from the sky with a helicopter. The successful test is a major step forward in Rocket Lab’s plans …

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Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group To Launch First Satellite Golden Bauhinia No.1

Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group (HKATG) announced it aims to launch the “Golden Bauhinia No.1” low-orbit high frequency satellite in June from China. The planned launch marks an important milestone in the company’s “Golden Bauhinia” space remote sensing project. The rapid development of international commercial aerospace makes it one of …

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Myriota Raises $19.3 Million In Series B Funding To Grow IoT Satellite Network

Myriota, the world leader in low-cost and low-power satellite connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced a AUD$28 million (US$19.3 million) Series B funding round led by Hostplus and Main Sequence Ventures. Additional investors include In-Q-Tel, Inc., Right Click Capital, the South Australian Venture Capital Fund, Singtel Innov8, Boeing …

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Japan’s Axelspace Leads Research Initiative On Red Tide Predictions

Axelspace Corporation, the Japanese satellite Earth observation company, announced on 3 April 2020 an agreement with Tokio Marine Holdings Inc., Hiroshima University, and Hydro Technology Institute Co., Ltd., on a joint research initiative into the prediction of red tide outbreaks that could potentially cause damage to marine resources. As part …

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Oita Partners With Virgin Orbit To Establish First Horizontal Spaceport In Asia

Virgin Orbit, the California-based small satellite launch company, announced on 2 April 2020 that it has formed a new partnership with Oita Prefecture in Japan to bring horizontal launch to Japan. With the support of regional partners ANA Holdings Inc. and the Space Port Japan Association, Virgin Orbit has identified …

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Mitsubishi Electric Begins Developing the GOSAT-GW Satellite for Greenhouse Gases and Water Cycle Observation

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced on 30 March 2020  that it has been designated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as the contractor of the Global Observing SATellite for Greenhouse gases and Water cycle (GOSAT-GW), the third in the GOSAT series, and has already initiated development activities. GOSAT-GW will have …

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Australia’s Myriota Expands Into Canada Via New Acquisition Agreement With ExactEarth Ltd.

Global leader in nanosatellite Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, Myriota Canada (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriota Pty Ltd), announced on 31 March 2020 that it has entered into an agreement with exactEarth Ltd. to acquire satellite communications assets. Significantly adding to its North American capability, the transaction, which is subject …

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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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