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Telesat and Canadian Government complete LEO broadband program

Luxembourg, 11 November 2020. – Telesat and the Canadian Government completed their agreement to ensure affordable, high-speed broadband connectivity across all of Canada with Telesat’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation, the Ottawa-based company announced. The $460 million agreement enables Internet and mobility service providers to acquire Telesat LEO capacity at …

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Omnispace to ride on Exolaunch-SpaceX for two new 5G satellites

Luxembourg, 10 November 2020. – Omispace, a mobile communications provider based in Virginia in the U.S., has chosen Exolaunch to deliver two new satellites into orbit on SpaceX in early 2022, the company said. The rideshare provider Exolaunch will deliver two Thales Alenia Space-built S-band satellites into orbit aboard SpaceX’s …

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NASA selects 17 U.S. companies for Moon technologies

Paris, 10 November 2020. – NASA selected 17 companies to further develop Moon technologies, the U.S. space agency announced. NASA selected 17 U.S. companies for 20 partnerships to mature industry-developed space technologies for the Moon and beyond through the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s 2020 Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity, the agency said. …

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Space not amongst Biden-Harris priorities for the U.S.

Paris, 10 November 2020. – Space is not amongst the priorities that U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris have announced so far, according to the “Biden-Harris Transition” website buildbackbetter.com. The four priorities mentioned by Biden and Harris are: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change. “The Biden-Harris …

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Rick Baldridge named Viasat CEO, Mark Dankberg becomes Executive Chairman

Paris, 8 November 2020. – Viasat has named Rick Baldridge President and CEO and Mark Dankberg Executive Chairman, the company announced. Dankberg was Chairman and CEO and will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors, the NASDAQ-listed company said. Baldridge was President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) before. “This evolution …

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NASA chief Bridenstine to leave under Biden administration

Paris, 9 November 2020. – NASA chief Jim Bridenstine expects to leave the agency under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden, Aerospace Daily and Aviation Week reported. “Even if asked, he would pass on staying on as head of the U.S. space agency,” Aerospace Daily wrote. “You need somebody …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: One Size to Fit Them All: Interoperability, the Artemis Accords and the Future of Space Exploration

by Antonino Salmeri On October 13th 2020, at the occasion of the 71st International Astronautical Congress, a coalition of 8 Countries including Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America presented a multilateral document called “The Artemis Accords”.[1] Legally, the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: State’s Right to Self-Defence in Outer Space A New Challenge for NATO’s Deterrence

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Joint Air Power Competence Centre, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “State’s Right to Self-Defence in Outer Space A New Challenge for NATO’s Deterrence”, originally published in the Joint Air Power Competence …

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Rocket Lab to attempt first Electron stage recovery

Paris, 6 November 2020. – Rocket Lab will attempt, for the first time, to bring the first stage of an Electron launch vehicle back to Earth after launch, the company said. Rocket Lab will attempt to recover the first stage during its ‘Return to Sender’ launch, scheduled for lift-off in …

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