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Go-ahead for Space Hub Sutherland starts countdown to launch of Orbex Prime from Scotland

The first orbital spaceflight from the United Kingdom has come a step closer following the Highland Council’s decision to give the go-ahead for the Space Hub Sutherland spaceport. Orbex, the UK-based space launch company, has confirmed that Orbex Prime will be the first vertical launch vehicle to fly into orbit …

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ANYWAVES & SYRLINKS: A Winning Combination for New Space

ANYWAVES, the only « pure player » European antenna equipment manufacturer for New Space, and SYRLINKS, one of the world leaders in space radio communication equipment for small satellite constellations, has signed a partnership agreement for the supply and marketing of S-band and X-band antennas on an international scale. On June the …

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Space Café Special Recap: Dr. Michael Kueppers on Asteroid Day

In this week’s Space Cafè Asteroid Day Special, Dr. Michael Kueppers, Mission Scientist for the Hera Mission at the European Space Agency talked about the hazards caused by asteroid impacts. Dr. Michael Kueppers discussed the hazards caused by asteroid impacts on earth and how today’s technology may allow us to avoid …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Bleddyn Bowen on War in Space: Strategy, Spacepower, Geopolitics

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Bleddyn E. Bowen, Lecturer in International Relations, Space Policy/Warfare Expert at University of Leicester talked about his new book War in Space: Strategy, Spacepower, Geopolitics Dr. Bleddyn E. Bowen talked about his new book War in Space: Strategy, Spacepower, Geopolitics, published by Edinburgh University …

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André-Hubert Roussel Appointed President of Eurospace

The Eurospace General Assembly has just appointed André-Hubert Roussel President of the organization, succeeding Jean-Loïc Galle. Following his appointment, André-Hubert Roussel, CEO of ArianeGroup and now also President of Eurospace, the association of European space industry, said: “Space activities are one of the building blocks of Europe and, by definition, …

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£500,000 awarded to create new Deep Space Centre

A new centre dedicated to the exploration of deep space is to be built at the Space Park Leicester site, after the Wolfson Foundation awarded a £500,000 grant towards the project. The new Wolfson Deep Space Centre will foster collaboration between business and universities to develop solutions to major challenges …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In June 2020

By Raphael Roettgen With only some US$34 million of space-related funding rounds, June sure looked like a slow month on the funding front, perhaps illustrating the time lag in Corona impact that we have previously discussed in this column. On the anecdotal (non-announced) front of things, we at E2MC certainly …

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ICEYE Now Contributing to the International Disasters Charter

The Finnish New Space company ICEYE is now providing radar imaging data from its commercial synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation to the International Charter Space and Major Disasters for use in monitoring and response activities. ICEYE provides these images at no cost to the Charter’s Authorised Users to enable wider …

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Airbus and ESA sign agreement to continue ISS operations

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed an annual renewal contract with Airbus on continuing the operation and use of European components on the International Space Station (ISS). The contract is worth around €16 million. For astronauts conducting research on the ISS, it is essential that all systems function reliably. …

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B-LiFE, SES and GovSat Deploy Mobile COVID-19 Testing Laboratory to Italy

The Piedmont regional government in Italy and healthcare professionals will be using the satellite-enabled mobile Biological Light Fieldable Laboratory for Emergencies, known as B-LiFE, to scale COVID-19 screening operations. The mobile laboratory will be deployed to one of the worst-hit regions in Italy and will support COVID-19 testing of frontline …

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