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FT: Munich start-up Isar Aerospace starts production of Spectrum rocket

Munich/London/Paris, 8 September 2020. – The Munich-based start-up Isar Aerospace started production of its Spectrum rocket as the “first privately built rocket” developed in Germany, the Financial Times (FT) reported on Monday. “Germany will join the commercial space race”, FT said, “in an attempt to gain a foothold in the …

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Exolaunch to Deliver SALSAT into Orbit for Berlin university

Berlin, 8 September 2020. – The Technische Universität Berlin, a leading German university specializing in space engineering, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, have reached a launch agreement for the SALSAT nanosatellite. Under the agreement, Exolaunch is providing launch, mission management, and integration services for the Technische …

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Made In Space Europe and Momentus to develop robotic spaceflight mission for 2022

Luxembourg, 1 September, 2020. – Made In Space Europe (MIS EU), a subsidiary of Redwire, and Momentus, provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, have recently finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a cooperative robotic spaceflight mission planned for 2022, the companies said. The agreement covers “mission development …

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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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Arianespace’s Vega first European mission to launch multiple small satellites

Arianespace has realised the first European “rideshare” mission for small satellites, with 53 satellites onboard the Vega launcher for 21 customers. With this new SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service) shared launch concept, Arianespace demonstrates its ability to respond – in an innovative and competitive manner – to institutional and commercial requirements …

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Level up your space idea with #MyGalileoSolution competition

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) launches the #MyGalileoSolution competition, targeting European innovators and entrepreneurs ready to develop location-based solutions. These include mobile applications, wearable-based solutions, asset management and tracking solutions, or robotics, leveraging Galileo as a source of positioning, navigation and/or timing. A wide participation from all Member States is …

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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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Arianespace postpones Vega/SSMS launch due to storm over South Korea

Flight VV16, the first European rideshare mission in the framework of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS), has been postponed due to a storm track of Typhoon Maysak over the Jeju telemetry station in South Korea. The storm track – which requires that the Jeju telemetry station be protected – has …

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