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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: My 2020 in a review – by Frank Salzgeber

SpaceWatch.Global asked its friends, staff and contributors to review 2020 and provide an outlook into 2021. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is the review interview of Frank Salzgeber, Head of Innovation and Ventures Office at the European Space Agency (ESA). He was interviewed by …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Predict to win. How space weather forecasting will save billions on Earth

by Ksenia Moskalenko On March 13, 1989 the province of Quebec, Canada suffered from a massive blackout caused by a geomagnetic storm. The solar activity led to a nine-hour clinical death of Hydro-Québec’s Electric power system, leaving people without TV, light and home gadgets, causing huge financial losses and halting …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space world highlights 2020 and outlook 2021 by Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund

by Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund SpaceWatch.Global asked its friends, staff and contributors to review 2020 and provide an outlook into 2021. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is the review of Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund, President of International Astronautical Federation.  2020 has been an unprecedented, difficult and …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 018 Featuring Dana Reizniece-Ozola Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 18th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Dana Reizniece-Ozola, minister, satellite pioneer and chess grandmaster. The power of small nations. Episode 018 features special guest Dana Reizniece-Ozola. Dana Reizniece-Ozola is a unique personality. Not only did she hold the post of Latvian …

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Starlink taps German market while Europe mulls own LEO

Paris, 24 December 2020. – While Europe mulls its own LEO, SpaceX taps the German market. The German federal telecommnunications agency Bundesnetzagentur authorized Starlink to use up- and downlink frequencies in Germany and offer satellite broadband internet, the agency said. “This is the first frequency allocation for a so-called satellite …

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ThrustMe and Spacety launch radar satellite on Long March 8

Paris, 24 December 2020. – The space propulsion company ThrustMe and the satellite service start-up Spacety launched Hisea-1, “the world’s first commercial C-band small satellite SAR with a phased-array antenna”, Paris-based ThrustMe said. SAR stands for Synthetic Aperture Radar and “functions basically like a bat’s echolocation system – they are …

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Astroscale Ships ELSA-d Spacecraft to Launch Site

Berlin, 22 Dec 2020. – Astroscale has shipped its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration (ELSA-d) satellite to Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a March 2021 launch on a Soyuz rocket. “Shipment is always a significant milestone on any satellite development program,” said Gene Fujii, Astroscale Chief Engineer. “We have officially moved from …

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Exolaunch kicks off SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare mission

Paris, 22 December 2020. – The rideshare launch and deployment services provider Exolaunch has started to integrate 30 smallsats for SpaceX’s first dedicated rideshare mission early next year. Exolaunch begins its launch campaign to integrate 30 small satellites from the U.S. and Europe aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rideshare mission scheduled …

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OneWeb moves on with next launch and new funding

Paris, 20 December 2020. – OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) company, launched 36 satellites on Soyuz from the Russian Vostochny Cosmodrome last week, bringing the total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites, the company said. The batch of new satellites is part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite constellation that wants …

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