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Lunapolitics: NASA Releases More Details About Its Proposed Artemis Accords

By John B. Sheldon Following the announcement on 5 May 2020 by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine of the proposed Artemis Accords, NASA revealed further details on 14 May 2020 that provide some granularity of what is likely being discussed in private channels with like-minded countries. The new details about the …

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Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Shooting Star Transport Vehicle Readies For Integration

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a global aerospace and national security leader owned by Eren and Fatih Ozmen, received its Shooting Star transport vehicle at the company’s Colorado production facility, marking the beginning of a key integration phase. This phase includes installation of the SNC-built Passive Common Berthing Mechanism that will …

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Intelsat Files For Chapter 11 Protection In US Bankruptcy Courts

Intelsat, one of the largest commercial satellite communications operators in the world, announced on 13 May 2020 that it is seeking Chapter 11 protections from its creditors in US bankruptcy courts. The satellite communications operator with a fleet of over 50 satellites is reported to have debts of at least …

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Xona Space Systems Raises $1M Pre-Seed Round

Xona Space Systems, a California-based startup creating a secure and precise Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) satellite service, announced on 14 May 2020 that it has raised a US$1M pre-seed round led by 1517, with participation from Seraphim Capital, Trucks Venture Capital, and Stellar Solutions. In the U.S. alone, over $300 billion of …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dynamic Data Analysis – Making Knowledge And Understanding Out Of Data And Information

By Guy Thomas, Contributing Editor Recently CLS posted a nine slide brief on LinkedIn describing on how its Maritime Awareness System (MAS) software tool is helping maritime authorities all over the world understand what is happening in the Strait of Hormuz, which is a vitally important waterway because 40% of …

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LeoLabs Unveils First Automated Collision Avoidance Service For Satellite Operators

LeoLabs, Inc., a leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) tracking and space situational awareness (SSA) services, introduced LeoLabs Collision Avoidance, a ground-breaking platform for automating and modernizing satellite operations, aimed at addressing the threat of orbital space debris. Powered by LeoLabs global network of radars and built on …

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ExactEarth Joins Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project

exactEarth Ltd., a leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announced on 12 May 2020 that it has joined an international effort to build an unmanned, fully autonomous transatlantic research vessel that is set to launch on the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage. exactEarth joins an illustrious international …

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