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Italy signs with NASA to contribute to Artemis program

Berlin, 27 September 2020. – The Italian Government has signed a contract with NASA to contribute to the U.S. space agency’s Artemis program. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine signed a joint statement of intent with Italian Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Riccardo Fraccaro, representing the Italian government, …

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U.S. judge sends OneWeb’s rescue plan to vote and okays financing

Berlin, 27 September 2020. – A New York bankruptcy judge has sent OneWeb’s Chapter 11 plan for creditor vote and approved OneWeb’s financing plan, Law360 reported. “A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday sent OneWeb Global’s $181 million equity-swap Chapter 11 plan to a creditor vote while approving $235 million …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: “Software-defined satellite” – an emerging technology in space industry

by Dennis Silin The term “software-defined satellite” has already appeared in the space industry and related media, but for the purpose of clarity of this article it will be defined as following: instead of viewing a satellite as monolithic piece of hardware and software, designed to perform a specific mission, …

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Exolaunch to support launch of four Spire Global cubesats on Soyuz

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, will arrange the launch and provide technical mission management for four Spire Global cubesats aboard the upcoming Wanderlust mission, Berlin-based Exolaunch said. Spire Global, based in San Franciso, runs the world’s largest commercial constellation of nanosatellites making …

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Anywaves delivers 5G antennas to Thales Alenia Space’s Omnispace

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – The French antenna equipment manufacturer Anywaves has been selected by Thales Alenia Space to help develop its satellite-based 5G Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure, the company said. Anywaves will deliver payload user antennas that will be embedded into the initial set of two satellites that …

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Leonardo CEO Profumo nominated head of AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, has been nominated President of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), the company headquartered in Rome announced. Profumo will lead the organisation for the next two years, representing large companies of the sector and over 3,000 SMEs and …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Natalia Archinard On Switzerland’s Commitment to Space Sustainability

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Natália Archinard, Deputy Head of the Science, Education, Transport and Space Section at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) talked about Switzerland’s …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Juan de Dalmau” On 13 October 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Juan de Dalmau, President of the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France .  This event will take place on 13 October 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Juan de Dalmau will discuss education programs and network opportunities to be prepared for a career in the global …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective: Next Gen ESA by Dr. Lorenzo Scatena

by Dr. Lorenzo Scatena is Secretary General of Fondazione E. Amaldi, Italia On 26 August 2020, SpaceWatch.Global Editor in Chief Markus Payer started a dialogue about the next generation ESA here. We reached out to representatives in all ESA member states and beyond to get their feedback on that topic. …

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SES connects Microsoft’s Azure Orbital cloud with its O3b satellites

Berlin, 23 September 2020. – Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES connects Microsoft’s new Azure Orbital cloud service with its Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) space assets, the company said on 22 September. “As pioneers in Microsoft’s new cloud ecosystem in space, the two companies will make joint investments in Azure Orbital ground …

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