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Canadian GHGSat secures $30 million funding to finance further satellites and ground facilities

Montreal, Canada, 10 September 2020. – Canadian GHGSat, leader in high resolution greenhouse gas monitoring from space, has successfully completed the first tranche of Series B funding, raising US$30m and more than doubling the total amount raised since GHGSat was founded in 2011, the company said in an announcement on …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: New Space – Overview and investment Trends

by Malak Trabelsi Loeb Humankind’s interest in space is not a new phenomenon. [1] It is by nature that man pursues his endeavors to explore new dawns which evolved with his evolution, despite its associated risks [2]. Historically, human space exploration was initiated by the Soviet Union with the Sputnik launch into …

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Board-Level Qualification Testing for Rad-Hard MOSFET Packaging

For Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) QPL qualification, high-reliability rad hard MOSFETs undergo extensive screening and quality-conformance testing to ensure that devices perform to specification in the harshest environments, sometimes for 15 years and longer. Both the US and European communities have developed specifications detailing quality conformance testing sequence. In the …

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NASA invites companies to collect Moon “dirt” or rocks and sell it to the U.S. space agency

Washington, DC, 10 September 2020. – NASA invites commercial companies to collect small amounts of Moon “dirt” or rocks and hand it out to the U.S. space agency, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday in a blog. “The requirements we’ve outlined are that a company will collect a small …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Dr. Bhavya Lal” On 29 September 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Dr. Bhavya Lal, Researcher at IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute.  This event will take place on 29 September 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Dr. Bhavya Lal will discuss key findings from a recent report she led on the emergence of the commercial space …

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Northrop Grumman wins $13.3bn nuclear missile contract from U.S. Air Force

Falls Church, Virginia/ Washington, DC, 8 September 2020. – Northrop Grumman Corporation was selected by the U.S. Air Force to modernize the nation’s aging intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system under a $13.3 billion contract, the company announced. It was awarded for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the …

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Exolaunch to Deliver SALSAT into Orbit for Berlin university

Berlin, 8 September 2020. – The Technische Universität Berlin, a leading German university specializing in space engineering, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, have reached a launch agreement for the SALSAT nanosatellite. Under the agreement, Exolaunch is providing launch, mission management, and integration services for the Technische …

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Amergint completes acquisition of Raytheon’s space-based optics business

Colorado Springs, 1 September 2020. – Amergint Technologies Holdings, Inc. (ATH) announced it has completed the acquisition of Raytheon Technologies’ electro-optics technology business headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, which will be renamed Danbury Mission Technologies (Danbury). Previously a division of Raytheon Technologies’ Collins Aerospace Systems unit, Danbury is a leading technology …

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US issues fifth Space Policy Directive on space cybersecurity

Washington, DC, 7 September 2020. – The White House has issued last week its fifth Space Policy Directive (SPD 5) outlining cybersecurity principles of space systems and operations. The memorandum signed by US President Donald Trump sets forth key cybersecurity principles for space systems and intends to serve as “the …

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