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Italy’s D-Orbit Signs Agreement With Firefly To Acquire Launch Capacity

D-Orbit S.p.A., an Italian service provider of the New Space sector, signed a multi-year framework agreement with U.S.-based launch operator Firefly Aerospace Inc. on 4 March 2019 to purchase launch capacity of the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle. The agreement grants D-Orbit the status of a preferred launch aggregation partner for …

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Denmark’s GomSpace And 2Operate To Use AI For Constellation Management

As the space economy is switching from single satellite infrastructures to constellations of affordable small satellites, network elements inevitably increase in complexity. 2Operate and GomSpace, together with Aarhus University, are working together within the MegaMan project, funded by Innovation Fund Denmark, to evaluate how existing telecom standards and existing artificial …

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Space Wars: U.S. Hosts Combined Space Operations Coalition Summit At Vandenberg AFB

The Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC) hosted a Combined Space Operation Coalition Summit with more than 120 defence personnel from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States at Vandenberg AFB, California, 19-22 February 2019. The primary objective for the summit was to work with coalition …

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Spain’s PLD Space Facility Opened By Minister And Former Astronaut Pedro Duque

The Spanish Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Mr. Pedro Duque, the first astronaut in the history of Spain, has unveiled the PLD Space Propulsion facilities located at Teruel Airport. During the event, the minister outlined that “PLD Space is the perfect example of a transfer between science and innovation”. …

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Germany’s Morpheus Space Qualifies World’s Smallest Satellite Propulsion System In Orbit

After seven years of tireless development at the tu dresden, the spin-off Morpheus Space has successfully ignited the world’s smallest ion beam thruster on the “UWE-4” nano-satellite. Four of the thumb-sized thrusters are located on UWE-4, the 1 kg nano-satellite of the University of Wurzburg. This enabled the Germany-based company …

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ESPI Brief 29: Perspectives on a European Space Council

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. 29: ‘Perspectives on a European Space Council’, originally published in February 2019. 1. Proposal for a European Space Council On January 22nd 2019, …

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France And China Convene 14th Joint Science And Technology Committee Meeting

France’s Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation Frédérique Vidal and China’s Minister for Science and Technology Wang Zhigang hosted the 14th French-Chinese joint science and technology committee in Beijing on 25 February 2019. Participants included Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall, Centre national de la recherche …

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Arianespace Successfully Lofts First Six OneWeb Communication Satellites

Arianespace played a significant role in improving global connectivity with its 27 February 2019 Soyuz launch that deployed the initial six satellites in OneWeb’s constellation – which will provide affordable high-speed internet access for users around the world. The cluster of spacecraft – produced by the OneWeb Satellites joint venture …

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Goonhilly Earth Station And Australian Space Agency Form Strategic Partnership To Drive Common Vision

The Australian Space Agency and iconic Goonhilly Earth Station have formed a strategic partnership that will see the creation of new opportunities in UK and Australian space industries and the wider world. The agreement will result in the further progress of the Australian space industry, making it more accessible to …

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