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Smallsat market more than quadruples in the 2020s, Euroconsult finds

Luxembourg, 11 November 2020. – The market for small satellites is growing exponentially in the next decade, the latest Euroconsult smallsat report found. In its “Prospects for the Small Satellite Market”, Euroconsult forecasts that two mega-constellations will account for half of the smallsats to be launched between 2020 and 2029, …

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Telesat and Canadian Government complete LEO broadband program

Luxembourg, 11 November 2020. – Telesat and the Canadian Government completed their agreement to ensure affordable, high-speed broadband connectivity across all of Canada with Telesat’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation, the Ottawa-based company announced. The $460 million agreement enables Internet and mobility service providers to acquire Telesat LEO capacity at …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 2 Nov – 8 Nov 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 2 Nov – 8 Nov 2020”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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NASA selects 17 U.S. companies for Moon technologies

Paris, 10 November 2020. – NASA selected 17 companies to further develop Moon technologies, the U.S. space agency announced. NASA selected 17 U.S. companies for 20 partnerships to mature industry-developed space technologies for the Moon and beyond through the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s 2020 Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity, the agency said. …

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Space not amongst Biden-Harris priorities for the U.S.

Paris, 10 November 2020. – Space is not amongst the priorities that U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris have announced so far, according to the “Biden-Harris Transition” website buildbackbetter.com. The four priorities mentioned by Biden and Harris are: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change. “The Biden-Harris …

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French weather research satellite Taranis to launch mid-November

Paris, 8 November 2020. – The French weather research satellite Taranis is set to launch on a Vega rocket from French Guiana in the night from 16 to 17 November, the French national research center CNRS announced. Taranis is to study the bursts of X- and gamma rays that come …

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Rick Baldridge named Viasat CEO, Mark Dankberg becomes Executive Chairman

Paris, 8 November 2020. – Viasat has named Rick Baldridge President and CEO and Mark Dankberg Executive Chairman, the company announced. Dankberg was Chairman and CEO and will remain Chairman of the Board of Directors, the NASDAQ-listed company said. Baldridge was President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) before. “This evolution …

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ThrustMe and Spacety launch first iodine propelled spacecraft

Paris, 8 November 2020. – The French startup ThrustMe and the Luxembourg new space company Spacety launched the world’s first iodine propelled satellite into space, the companies said. Spacety’s Beihangkongshi-1 satellite carrying ThrustMe’s innovative propulsion system was successfully launched on a CZ-6 Long March 6 rocket from Taiyuan in China, …

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NASA chief Bridenstine to leave under Biden administration

Paris, 9 November 2020. – NASA chief Jim Bridenstine expects to leave the agency under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden, Aerospace Daily and Aviation Week reported. “Even if asked, he would pass on staying on as head of the U.S. space agency,” Aerospace Daily wrote. “You need somebody …

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