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Israeli Satellite Technology Company hiSky Expands Presence Into UK

An innovative company looking to make satellite communications more accessible and affordable is set to create over 100 high-tech jobs in London and Oxfordshire. The Israeli company hiSky has established a UK limited company – hiSkySat Limited – based in London, with an R&D centre at Harwell to develop a …

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Germany’s DLR Leads Five European Companies To Take On SpaceX In Reusable Launch With RETALT Programme

Five European Companies and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have teamed up to tackle the shortcoming of know-how in reusable rockets in Europe, which start upright and land upright after a successful mission. For that, they commonly decided to investigate and develop key technologies to land rockets backwards. What is state-of-the-art …

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Guidelines For Long-Term Sustainability Of Outer Space Activities Of The Committee On Peaceful Uses Of Outer Space Adopted

During its 62nd session, the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) adopted a preamble and 21 guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. These provide guidance on policy and regulatory framework for space activities; safety of space operations; international cooperation, capacity-building and awareness; and scientific and …

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Studies Planned to Assess Environmental Impact of Space Hub Sutherland

Artist's Impression, Space Hub Sutherland

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is currently developing plans for Space Hub Sutherland, which is expected to begin vertical launches of small satellites from the A’Mhoine peninsula, near Tongue, early in the next decade. The project has attracted support from the UK Space Agency, which is also funding two launch …

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Telnet, Sputnix and GK Launch to Cooperate on Manufacture and Launch of Small Satellites

Telnet, SPUTNIX and GK Launch Services sign MoU

The Skolkovo Technopark was the backdrop for the signing of a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Tunisian company TELNET Holding and Russian companies SPUTNIX and GK Launch Services. The MoU will see the companies cooperating on the building of smallsat components and entire satellites, and the orbit and deployment …

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SSTL Expertise Enables New Space Mission for the FORMOSAT-7 Weather Constellation

FORMOSAT-7 spacecraft at SSTL. Credit: SSTL

The successful launch on 24 June 2019 (EST) of 6 satellites for the FORMOSAT-7 joint US-Taiwanese weather forecasting constellation marks the start of another SSTL-enabled space mission, a cause for celebration at SSTL’s UK HQ.  The launch on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre was attended by …

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Spain’s SEOSAT/Ingenio Earth Observation Satellite Built By Airbus Ready For Pre-Launch Testing

Airbus built SEOSAT/Ingenio, the first Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency (ESA) and Spanish government has left Madrid and is ready for final testing. The spacecraft will now start a three month environmental test campaign which includes the Thermal Balance and Vacuum test, followed by Mechanical Vibration, Acoustic …

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Kleos Space Announces Luxembourg Government Support, Signing Of Pre-Orders

Kleos Space S.A., a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data provider headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has announced that the Luxembourg Space Agency has approved an additional €1,000,000 (AUS$1,631,900; U.S.$1,138,395) financial grant (non-equity) support for data product development. The company also announced a number of …

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French IoT Satellite Company Kinéis Announces Strategic Partnerships With Objenious And Wize Alliance

Kinéis, a CLS Group spin-off, a subsidiary of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), has announced the signing of two strategic partnerships, one with Objenious, a public IoT operator part of Bouygues Telecom, and another with the Wize Alliance (SUEZ, GRDF, Sagemcom, etc.). These alliances reinforce Kinéis’ position as a …

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French Space Agency CNES To Participate In UAE’s Dubai World Expo 2020

The Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the Compagnie Française des Expositions (COFREX) signed a partnership agreement concerning CNES’s presence in the France Pavilion at World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The World Expo in Dubai will run from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021. Covering 438 hectares and focused …

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