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UK Space Agency Gives OneWeb $23.2 Million Funding For Next-Gen Constellation

Affordable worldwide internet coverage is one step closer as of 18 February 2019, after 18 million pounds (U.S.$23.2 million) of UK Space Agency funding was awarded to OneWeb through the European Space Agency (ESA), to aid the development of its next generation satellite constellation. A global communications network in space, …

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Thales Alenia-Backed LeoStella Inaugurates Small Satellite Factory

LeoStella, a smallsat design and manufacturing company, announced on 15 February 2019 the official inauguration of its production facilities in Tukwila, Washington, in the United States. The company is a joint venture between Thales Alenia Space, joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), and Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries. Formed in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ray Stott of Spacespecialists Ltd

Established in 2017, Spacespecialists is a space consultancy/consultants that offers tailored recruitment, training and speaking services to space industry clients across the globe. Based in Cheshire, UK and now also on the Gold Coast of Australia, the team is backed up with many years of experience in the space sector …

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O3b MEO Satellites Arrive At Guiana Space Centre For Late March 2019 Launch

Four new O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites have arrived safely at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for launch by a Soyuz rocket from Arianespace in late March 2019, SES has announced. The new Ka-band satellites will join SES’s existing constellation of 16 MEO satellites …

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Russia And France Celebrate Historic Space Cooperation Ties

The head of the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, spoke at the French-Russian seminar organized by GIFAS, the French aerospace industries association, at the Espace Hamelin in Paris on 30 January 2019. President Le Gall kicked off the round table session on ‘The …

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Climate Change: France’s CNES Hosts Space Climate Observatory Meeting

The French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), hosted the first international meeting of the Space Climate Observatory (SCO) at its head office in Paris on 1 February 2019. This working meeting brought together more than 25 space agencies and four international organizations, with representatives from the …

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Exolaunch backs Momentus’ Vigoride service for bespoke in-orbit transportation

Reaching a desired orbit in space is set to become easier and more cost-effective, as space transportation start-up Momentus is soon to prove with its Vigoride service. German launch service provider, Exolaunch has signed a contract worth over U.S.$6 million with the Momentus to move its CubeSats and Microsatellites into …

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Goonhilly and Shetland Space Centre collaborate on launch and tracking capabilities

Against the backdrop of the UK’s flourishing NewSpace sector, Shetland Space Centre (SCC) and Goonhilly Earth Station are to partner to develop launch and tracking capabilities that will enable further development of the sector. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them working together on a …

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Brexit In Orbit: UK Space Industry Added 3,400 Jobs In Two Years In Spite Of Uncertainty

The UK’s space sector has seen significant growth in income, exports and employment with total income now standing at 14.8 billion pounds (U.S.$19.2 billion), Science Minister Chris Skidmore has announced. The main findings from the independent ‘UK space industry: size and health report’ show that, compared to the 2016 survey: …

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