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CarboNIX Separation Systems Deploy Planet SkySats into Orbit on Falcon 9

Exolaunch, a German rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, confirmed that CarboNIX, its newly developed separation system, successfully deployed three Planet SkySats microsatellites into low Earth orbit on SpaceX’s ninth Starlink mission. Each 110 kilogram SkySat was mounted on top of the Starlink stack using the CarboNIX systems, and was …

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ALCAN announces electronic beam steering ground antenna for LEO and MEO satellite service use at a low price of EUR 1,500

ALCAN Systems, a smart antenna startup from Germany, announced the start of its product development program to produce a fixed ground terminal with an electronically steerable flat-panel antenna for Low Earth orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite constellations that operate on Ka-Band frequencies. The program is aiming to …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Regina Peldszus and Marc Becker on dual use for the future

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk, Dr. Regina Peldszus and Marc Becker, of DLR Space Administration discussed the concept of ‘dual-use’: how space technologies enable both civilian and military applications.  The discussion highlighted key issues at this complex intersection for both domains and addressed policy discourse on the future …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 41 – Questions raised by the Covid-19 crisis for the European space sector

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 41: ‘Questions raised by the Covid-19 crisis for the European space sector’, originally published in May 2020. 1. Space put to use for crisis …

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Momentus and EnduroSat Announce Two Service Agreements

Momentus, provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, and EnduroSat, the European designer of spacecraft for business applications and space exploration missions, announced two separate service agreements. The 6U and 1U CubeSats will launch February 2021 on the second Vigoride demo mission onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The Shared …

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Australia aims to launch locally-made hybrid rockets by 2022

Australia is increasingly keen on greater independence in spaceflight. The University of Queensland and Gilmour Space are moving forward on a domestically-made “next-generation” hybrid rocket that could start launching satellites into low Earth orbit in 2022. Crucially, all the rockets and components would be made in Australia — they wouldn’t …

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HATTRICK FOR ROCKET COMPANY AFTER FIRST EVER LAUNCH FROM SHETLAND SOIL

Edinburgh-based Skyrora successfully launched its Skylark Nano rocket from remote land, the Fethaland Peninsula at North Roe on the Scottish island on Saturday, the 13th of June.  Skyrora plans to launch from one of the three proposed spaceports in Scotland and commercially launching from Shetland in the future is a …

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