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U.S. Space Force awards $298 million military contract to Boeing

Paris, 4 October 2020. – Boeing received a $298 million contract from U.S. Space Force to develop a jam-resistant military satellite system, the company in El Segundo, California, announced on 1 October. Boeing has received one of three development contracts to build a satellite payload prototype and develop a new …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews – Peter Beck of Rocket Lab: “I don’t have 50 or 60 years to wait”

Rocket Lab belongs to the top private launcher companies globally. With 14 launches and 55 deployed satellites, the company is one of the most vibrant actors in the space launcher market. SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer got the chance to talk to Peter Beck, Founder and CEO of Rocket Lab, to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Earth: The Final Countdown – Using Space to Save the Planet

by Dalibor Djuran, Planet Labs “Space, the final frontier.” We all remember these words spoken by Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise. The Star Trek show brought space into American homes in the sixties. At the peak of the space race, Star Trek focused on space as a final frontier …

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Nelco cooperates with Telesat to bring LEO broadband to India

Luxembourg, 1 October 2020. – The satellite communications provider Nelco cooperates with Telesat to bring Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband connectivity to India, the Tata Group company announced. “Nelco and Telesat will collaborate on terrestrial facilities, commercial distribution and regulatory frameworks to offer Telesat LEO satellite connectivity in India,” Nelco …

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Astrobotic’s CubeRover for Moon missions delivered to NASA

Luxembourg, 1 October 2020. – Astrobotic’s CubeRover for NASA’s Moon missions is on its way to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Pittsburgh-based company announced. The CubeRover is designed to provide an affordable mobile outlet for scientific instruments and other payloads to operate on the surface of the Moon, …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Bhavya Lal On Chinas Commercial Space Sector

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Bhavya Lal, Researcher at IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute talked about Chinas Commercial Space Sector.  Dr. Bhavya Lal disussed key findings from a recent report she led on the emergence of the commercial space sector in China. The report used original documents, first-hand …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Prof. Dr. Ram Jakhu” On 20 October 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Prof. Dr. Ram S. Jakhu, Acting Director of the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.  This event will take place on 20 October 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Based on his over thirty years of experience in space …

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E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in September 2020

by Raphael Roettgen September saw over US$300 million of space financing rounds, including blockbuster rounds for Chinese launcher LandSpace and the Finnish SAR constellation ICEYE. Notably absent this month were large rounds for satellite communications companies, like those we have seen in many previous months. On the deal front, one …

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U.S. farmers join Keep GPS coalition to protect satellite-based precision agriculture

Berlin, 30 September 2020. – Farmers across the United States have urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect GPS networks from harmful interference and announced their support for the Keep GPS Working Coalition. The group of different agricultural associations expressed “grave concerns” over an FCC order “threatening the …

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