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US Department of Defense taps Victoria Coleman as DARPA Director

The US Department of Defense named Dr. Victoria Coleman as the director of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Established in 1958 as part of the U.S. Department of Defense, DARPA is designed to anticipate, explore, and achieve the concepts and technology on which the Nation’s future deterrent and …

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Astrobotic awarded over $1 million to advance CubeRover payloads

Astrobotic has been awarded two contracts by NASA to support the development of payloads for future delivery on its 4U and 6U CubeRovers— presented as the world’s first line of commercial lunar rovers. CubeRovers are standardized and scalable, providing planetary surface mobility services that support a variety of scientific and …

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US SDA awards contracts to Lockheed Martin and York Space Systems

The US Space Development Agency (SDA) announced two contract awards for the first generation of the Transport Layer. These awards represent one of the first major and highly visible steps toward developing the National Defense Space Architecture’s inaugural tranche (called Tranche 0). This set of contract awards will initiate the …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 010 Featuring Nicole Stott Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 10th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Nicole Stott – Space Shuttle Astronaut Extraordinaire Episode 010 features special guest Nicole Stott. NASA astronaut Nicole Stott spent 104 days in space and remembers her two space flights aboard the legendary space shuttle …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Deploys Capella’s SAR Satellite on 14th Mission 

Rocket Lab, a space systems company and a global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has successfully launched its 14th Electron mission and deployed a single microsatellite for Capella Space. The mission was Rocket Lab’s fourth this year and takes the company’s total number of satellites deployed to 54. The ‘I …

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Intelsat to acquire Gogo’s commercial aviation business

McLean, Virginia – August 31, 2020 – Intelsat (OTC: INTEQ), operator of the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the commercial aviation business of Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the largest global provider of in-flight broadband …

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Report aims to mitigate effects of satellite constellations on astronomy

A report from the Satellite Constellations 1 (SATCON1) workshop, organized jointly by NSF’s NOIRLab and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), has been delivered to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Held virtually from 29 June to 2 July 2020, SATCON1 focused on technical aspects of the impact of existing and planned …

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Sea Launch to be restored at cost of about $470 million

The floating spaceport Sea Launch, currently based at Russia’s Slavyanka port in the Primorye Territory, will be restored. This will require about 35 billion rubles (roughly $470 million), Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told the media on the sidelines of the Army-2020 forum on Monday. “Certainly, the Sea Launch will …

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Kymeta Corporation Secures Approximately $85 Million in Financing

Kymeta Corporation (www.kymetacorp.com), the communications company making mobile global, announced the recapitalization of the company along with the successful funding raise of approximately $85 million, led by Bill Gates with members of the leadership team personally investing approximately $1 million led by Executive Chairman, Doug Hutcheson. Since its launch of …

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