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#SpaceWatchGL On The Road: Satellite 2020—A Fitting Start To The Decade 

By Blaine Curcio Let’s face it—the 2020s have thus far been weird. Small sample size, various black swan events, cell phones are driving us crazy, these are all true, but it still feels like 2020 is just a little bit weirder than normal, and perhaps more importantly, some of the …

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Rocket Lab to Acquire Satellite Hardware Manufacturer Sinclair Interplanetary

Space systems comapny Rocket Lab, announced on 16 March 2020 that it has reached an agreement to acquire Sinclair Interplanetary, a provider of high-quality, flight-proven satellite hardware. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. The acquisition strengthens the satellite division of Rocket Lab, which produces the Photon spacecraft …

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Orion Spacecraft For Artemis I Mission Successfully Completes Major Testing

The Orion spacecraft for NASA’s Artemis I mission has successfully completed several months of simulated space environment system level testing in the NASA-owned thermal vacuum chamber at Plum Brook Station in Ohio, according to a 16 March 2020 announcement by Airbus. The tests were conducted in two phases; a 47-day …

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L3Harris Technologies Introduces New Reflector Antenna Tailored For Smallsat Missions

L3Harris Technologies has introduced a new small satellite reflector antenna that will help decrease the size, weight and overall time to produce smallsats, the company announced on 9 March 2020. Lighter and more compact than legacy designs, the new Smallsat Perimeter Truss (SPT) leverages L3Harris’ advanced Perimeter Truss design, while optimizing its …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: Orbital Space – The Next Resource For Humanity To Exhaustively Exploit And Litter!

By Moriba Jah ASTRIAGraph, the world’s first crowd-sourced, space traffic monitoring and assessment system, can trace its roots back to a landfill in Maui. It was there, while working for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, that I began to see the connection between the way we were treating our …

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C-COM Satellite Systems Reports Profitable Fiscal Year

Canada’s C-COM Satellite Systems Inc,  a global provider of mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems, announced its financial results for the fiscal year ended 30 November 2019. The announcement was made on 16 March 2020. The company has generated revenues of CDN$13,977,909 (approximately US$9,997,630) and a net after tax profit of …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Camden Large Solid Rocket Motor Development Facility Nears Completion

Aerojet Rocketdyne has installed a steel casting bell to support production of large solid rocket motors, marking an important milestone for completion of its Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) facility in Camden, Arkansas, US, the company announced on 12 March 2020. The vacuum chamber casting bell was relocated from Aerojet …

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Spaceflight Readies 28 Payloads For Inaugural Rideshare Launch On Arianespace’s Vega

Spaceflight Inc. announced on 9 March 2020 that it is providing mission management and rideshare integration services for four organizations on Arianespace’s first dedicated rideshare mission on its Vega launch vehicle. The proof of concept rideshare mission, VV16, will launch 53 microsatellites, nanosatellites and cubesats, including 28 payloads from Spaceflight …

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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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