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PTScientists Continues Moon Mission Despite Preliminary Bankruptcy

Berlin space start-up, PTScientists filed for bankruptcy on Friday, July 5, 2019, with the competent district court, Charlottenburg, Berlin. This was due to unplanned delays in the acquisition of further incentives and subsidies for the planned Moon mission. The resulting liquidity shortage made the application legally necessary. Lawyer Sascha Feies …

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GLOBAL Technologies Selects Eutelsat to Support West Africa Power Pool Project

Eutelsat 10A

Eutelsat has secured a multi-year contract with GLOBAL Technologies for C-band capacity on its EUTELSAT 10A satellite to provide connectivity and communications for the West Africa Power Pool project (WAPP). Established in 1999 by ECOWAS (Economic Community of West Africa States), the WAPP project aims to interconnect the power grids …

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Exolaunch Successfully Completes Payload Integration of 28 Small Satellites

Exolaunch has completed a successful payload integration for a Soyuz launch from the Vostochny launch site. In total, Exolaunch has contracted and integrated for launch 28 commercial and educational satellites from Germany, France, the USA, Israel, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Thailand, Ecuador, the Czech Republic and Estonia. The complete …

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#SpaceWatchGL Themes: Interview Annalisa Donati of ESPI

The so-called New Space trend is developing, creating new opportunities and new challenges for all actors of the space sector. Understanding what is happening and (potential) implications is essential for sound decision-making. Yet, European stakeholders significantly rely on foreign evaluations and data, in particular to monitor private investment and assess …

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#SpaceWatchGL Themes: ESPI Brief 26 – Cyber Security: High Stakes for the 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. 26: ‘Cyber Security: High Stakes for the Space Sector ’, originally published in November 2018. 1. Outer Space: An Increasingly Critical Socio-Economic …

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Research Concludes Space Weather Radiation Causes Damage to Electrically Propelled Satellites

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The use of electric propulsion for raising satellites into geostationary orbit can result in significant solar cell degradation according to a new study. The extended journey results in greater exposure to the damaging effects of space weather. Understanding the size of this risk is essential for commercial operators to take …

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Northrop Grumman to Design, Build and Integrate Two Arctic Satellites for Space Norway

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Deliver Space-Based Broadband Communication Satellites to North Polar Region for Space Norway

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by Space Norway to deliver its Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission (ASBM) system. Northrop Grumman will design, manufacture and integrate two satellites in addition to providing critical ground infrastructure. The ASBM satellites will carry multiple hosted payloads including an X-Band payload for the Norwegian …

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#SpaceWatchGL Themes: ESPI Brief 25 – Will maturing cubesat propulsion call for more regulation?

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. 25: ‘Will maturing cubesat propulsion call for more regulation?’, originally published in October 2018. 1. State-of-play in cubesat utilization and new opportunities …

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