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US Space Force Debuts First Offensive Weapons System

The first offensive weapon system in the United States Space Force, the Counter Communications System Block 10.2, achieved Initial Operating Capability on 9 March 2020, providing quick reaction capability with direct operational support to the warfighter. The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Special Programs directorate and the 4th Space Control …

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HySpecIQ Selects BridgeComm As Communications Partner For Satellite Hyperspectral Imaging

BridgeComm, Inc., a leader in optical wireless communications (OWC) solutions and services, today announced that it was selected as the OWC solution provider for HySpecIQ’s new low earth orbit (LEO) constellation. These advanced satellites will provide high-resolution hyperspectral imaging that—when combined with HySpecIQ’s advanced analytics platform—will serve vital needs in …

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ST Engineering IDirect Unveils Next Generation Mx-DMA Technology At Satellite 2020

ST Engineering iDirect, a company of ST Engineering North America, introduced its MxDMA MRC (multi-resolution coding) technology at Satellite 2020, the company announced on 9 March 2020. This technology unites SCPC (single carrier per channel) efficiency and TDMA (time-division multiple access) scalability in an innovative way, adding ground-breaking new dimensions …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: The Legacy Of LeoSat, An Interview With Ronald Van Der Breggen

Thriving in the New Space ecosystem can be very difficult. There is no blueprint, and the best ideas can rise and fall quickly and unpredictably. But still, we endeavour: planning missions, assembling satellites, and building mega-constellations.  One of the most interesting mega-constellation concepts in recent years was LeoSat, which offered …

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Caltech & JPL Launch Hybrid High Rate Quantum Communication Systems

Caltech and JPL have been successful partners in space exploration since the mid-1930s. In their tradition of intermixing in unique ways fundamental science, technology and engineering they develop a collaborative multi-disciplinary cross-agency research program to advance and accelerate scalable hybrid quantum networking and communications technologies. To support the increasing data …

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Axiom Space Plans First-Ever Fully Private Human Spaceflight Mission To The International Space Station

Axiom Space announced on 5 March 2020 that it is planning history’s first fully private human spaceflight mission to the International Space Station. Axiom has signed a contract with SpaceX for a Crew Dragon flight which will transport a commander professionally trained by Axiom alongside three private astronauts to and …

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Hughes And OneWeb Announce Global Distribution Partnership For Low Earth Orbit Satellite Service

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, and OneWeb, the global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone everywhere, announced on 9 March 2020 that Hughes has become a worldwide distribution partner for OneWeb. OneWeb’s constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) …

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SpaceLogistics Selected by DARPA As Commercial Partner For Robotic Servicing Mission

SpaceLogistics LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, has been selected by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as its commercial partner for the agency’s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program. The groundbreaking mission will feature the first-ever commercial robotic servicing spacecraft and aims to …

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World View Stratollite fleet To Provide High Resolution Imagery And Data Analytics In The Americas

World View Enterprises, the stratospheric data and information services company, has announced their plans to build and deploy a fleet of Stratollites, known as World View Orbits, over North and Central America starting this summer. After a series of successful test and development flights to sharpen vehicle flight and navigation …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: James Ellinthorpe Of Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne develops and manufactures advanced propulsion and energetics systems for customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and other agencies and companies. During the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. in October 2019, SpaceWatch.Global’s Ksenia Synkova met with James Ellinthorpe, Business Development Manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne, to …

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