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ICEYE bolsters US structure with new CEO and President

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – ICEYE, leader in satellite radar technology, appointed Jerry Welsh new CEO of ICEYE US, the company announced in Washington, DC. The company’s headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. At the same time, Eric Jensen is joining as President of ICEYE US. Welsh joined ICEYE in 2017 …

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Rocket Lab’s Electron “second-most frequently flown U.S. vehicle”

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – Rocket Lab has completed its 15th Electron mission and its fifth for this year, making Electron the “second-most frequently flown U.S. launch vehicle in 2020”, the company said. The ‘In Focus’ mission launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula yesterday. …

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NorthStar to be first to monitor space traffic from space

Luxembourg, 28 October 2020. – NorthStar Earth & Space contracted Thales Alenia Space to build the first three satellites of its Skylark constellation for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, the Canadian company announced. NorthStar claims to be “the first commercial service to monitor space, from space”, via a constellation of …

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ESA participates in NASA’s Artemis and lunar Gateway

Luxembourg, 27 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) signed an agreement with NASA to contribute to the first human outpost in lunar orbit, known as Gateway, ESA announced. ESA commits to delivering at least two European Service Modules that provide electricity, water, oxygen and nitrogen to NASA’s Orion …

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Google partners with U.S. NOAA for environment and climate research

Luxembourg, 27 October 2020. – Google partners with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop its environmental monitoring, weather forecasting, and climate research system. Google and NOAA cooperate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems, using the Google cloud infrastructure and satellite technologies, to develop …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 014 Featuring Dr. James Schwartz Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 14th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Dr. James Schwartz – we need to rethink everything  Episode 014 features special guest Dr. James Schwartz   Admittedly, Elons rocket launches and landings are fascinating.  They have a magical attraction. The same applies, …

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PhiSat-1 brings Intel’s Artificial Intelligence into space

Paris, 27 October 2020. – The chipmaker Intel placed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) camera chip on board a small European satellite in space, the company said. The PhiSat-1 satellite contains a new hyperspectral-thermal camera and an AI smart camera chip, Intel said. PhiSat-1 is one of a pair of satellites on …

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SpaceX completes 100th Falcon launch with another Starlink mission

Paris, 25 October 2020. – SpaceX completed its 100th successful Falcon launch since Falcon 1’s first flight in 2008, the company announced. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched another 60 Starlink satellites to orbit on Saturday from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX said. …

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