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Open Lunar Foundation sees Moon missions prototyping Earth

Luxembourg, 8 October 2020. – The accelerating race to the Moon poses challenges to fundamentally redefine social technologies on Earth, Jessy Kate Schingler, Director of Policy and Governance at the Open Lunar Foundation in San Francisco, said in a TED talk today. The Moon “can be a canvas for solving …

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ESA invites to virtual tour of its space, Moon and Mars mission sites

Luxembourg, 8 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) will highlight its wide-ranging space exploration activities with a virtual tour to ESA sites across Europe, the agency said on Thursday. The virtual tour to “sites where Europe’s exploration of our Solar System for the 2020s is beginning” is a …

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Exolaunch to share rides on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 with SmallSats

Luxembourg, 8 October 2020. – The rideshare provider Exolaunch signed an agreement with SpaceX to launch small satellites on Falcon 9 rockets as part of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare Program. Exolaunch intends to send multiple microsatellites and cubesats on Falcon 9 rideshare missions to a sun-synchronous orbit throughout 2020 and 2021, the Berlin-based …

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Slingshot to create “Orbital Laboratory” to train next space generation

Luxembourg, 8 October 2020. – Slingshot Aerospace, a situational awareness technology specialist,  received $2 million to build a space training simulation tool for the U.S. Space Force. Slingshot will develop the Slingshot Orbital Laboratory together with the Hollywood visualization studio THE THIRD FLOOR, the Austin/Texas-based company said. The companies bring together …

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Space transport champion Momentus to go public through merger with Stable Road

Luxembourg, 8 October 2020. – The space transportation company Momentus will go public through its merger with the special purpose acquisition company Stable Road, the California-based company announced this week. The combined company will have an estimated enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion, Momentus said. It will be named Momentus Inc. …

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SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites on reused first stage

Luxembourg, 7 October 2020. – SpaceX launched another 60 Starlink satellites from Florida, bringing the total of Starlink satellites launched so far to 775. SpaceX launched the 60 new Starlink satellites from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 6 October, the company said. The first stage …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: SPACE IS COOL by Robert Feierbach

by Robert Feierbach, CEO of 0-G Launch I have recently heard comments from a few colleagues that our Space industry is stagnating, that the general public does not care about Space, and that the persistent COVID-19 pandemic will put many of our companies out of business. I COULDN’T DISAGREE MORE! …

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Comtech and Gilat call off merger and settle litigation

Luxembourg, 6 October 2020. – The U.S. satcom company Comtech and the Israeli satellite network operator Gilat called off their merger and settled their related litigation, the two Nasdaq-listed companies announced yesterday. “(T)he companies have agreed to terminate the merger agreement first announced on January 29, 2020 and have settled …

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U.S. Space Development Agency contracts L3Harris and SpaceX for missile tracking

Luxembourg, 6 October 2020. – The U.S. Space Development Agency awarded contracts worth more than $342 million to L3Harris and SpaceX to build an advanced missile tracking system, the agency announced yesterday. The two companies won bids to build out Tranche 0 of the tracking layer for the National Defense …

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