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Space Wars: United States And Allies Discuss Combined Space Operations Initiative

Air Chiefs and senior space officials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States held a meeting at Headquarters Air Force Space Command to discuss the future of the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) initiative on 10 April 2019. Following the meeting, the seven nations …

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European New Space: TESAT, KSAT, And GomSpace Partner To Build Laser Communications Capability For Small Satellites

Germany’s TESAT, Norway’s KSAT, and Denmark’s GomSpace have partnered up to introduce full optical communications capability for new innovative small satellite missions and space-based services. Until now this technology has mainly been used on large and expensive satellites but is now further developed, miniaturised and ready for use on small …

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Germany’s ExoLaunch And Virgin Orbit Sign Agreement To Launch Small Satellites From Launcher One

EXOLAUNCH, a leading Germany-based launch services provider and cluster integrator for small satellites, and Virgin Orbit, a California-based launch vehicle provider for small satellites, have announced the signing of an MOU for transporting EXOLAUNCH customers’ payloads on dedicated and rideshare missions with Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne as early as 2020. “Virgin …

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ESA To Build Quantum Communication Satellites For European Quantum Communications Network

Today’s interconnected world is ever more vulnerable to cyberattacks, emphasising the importance of secure encryption to protect Europe’s critical infrastructure and communications. An agreement forged today between the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA) marks the first steps towards creating a highly secure, pan-European quantum communication infrastructure. …

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Scottish New Space: Alba Orbital Sells Seven PocketQube Satellites On Rocket Lab Launch Mission

Scottish New Space company Alba Orbital has announced that it has customers for its second Alba Cluster Mission slated for a third quarter 2019 launch on a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle from New Zealand. The Alba Cluster 2 mission will launch seven PocketQube satellites from the AlbaPod satellite deployer …

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Communications Successfully Established with NanoAvionics Satellites

After the last week’s lift-off of the PSLV-C45 launch vehicle with two NanoAvionics nano-satellites, “M6P“ and “Blue Walker 1“, onboard, the company is pleased to confirm that the communication was successfully established with both satellites and they are flying in the Low Earth Orbit in a healthy condition. “M6P“ and …

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Greek Space Agency Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With NASA To Send Robotic Vehicle To The Moon

Within the framework of participation in the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado, the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) signed on 8 April 2019 a joint co-operation agreement with the U.S. space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). After nine months of hard work, the HSA has been able to …

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Singapore’s Spacechain Expands Operations To The United Kingdom

Singapore-based SpaceChain has expanded its operations to the United Kingdom to leverage Europe’s advanced space technologies and to drive economic development through SpaceChain’s satellite infrastructure and blockchain technology. SpaceChain UK Limited will be based in Harwell, Oxfordshire at the Satellite Applications Catapult (SAC), an independent innovation and technology company created …

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Brexit In Orbit: U.S. Think Tank Publishes Report On Brexit And Its Impact On The UK Space Sector

The impending separation of the United Kingdom from the European Union (or “Brexit”) will have a seismic effect upon British society and commerce, and the growing British space sector will be no exception. A new report by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS), What Brexit Means …

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UK’s Avanti Communications Signs Long-Term Bandwidth Contract With Turksat

Avanti Communications, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has signed a long term bandwidth contract with the Turkish communications satellite operator Turksat. Under the contract, Turksat will commit to 1.8 ghz of capacity on Hylas 2 for the next three years …

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