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Xplore Receives USAF Award For Innovative Commercial Capabilities Around The Moon

Xplore Inc., a commercial space company has announced they have won an Air Force award to study positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions for cislunar space. The award category, for commercial and technical innovations between the Earth and the Moon — is entirely new for the Air Force, which is …

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Russia Tests PL-19 Nudol Direct-Ascent ASAT System

Russia reportedly tested its A-235 PL-19 Nudol direct-ascent antisatellite (ASAT) weapon system on 15 April 2020, according to U.S. Space Command and independent observers. The test reportedly took place at 15:00hrs UTC when the DA-ASAT was launched from a mobile launcher at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia. Independent observers …

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CIMON-2 Makes Its Successful Debut On The ISS

CIMON-2, the updated version of the CIMON astronaut assistant, developed and built by Airbus for the German Aerospace Center Space Administration (DLR), has now demonstrated its capabilities during initial tests on the International Space Station (ISS). The free-flying, spherical technology demonstrator with artificial intelligence (AI) showed off a number of …

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UAE’s Yahsat Government Solutions Looks To Expand Into Military Market

Yahsat Government Solutions (YGS), one of the leading providers of secure satellite communications for militaries and governments in the Middle East, is looking to use its L-band satellite communications service to expand its offering to government and military clients. In an interview with UAE-based satellite communications trade publication SatelliteProME, Eisa …

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Marubeni Announces New Partnership With Interstellar Technologies And D-Orbit SpA

Marubeni Corporation, Interstellar Technologies Inc., and D-Orbit SpA have recently signed a Letter of Intent to study the development of an agile satellite release system to be mounted on the small satellite launch vehicle named “ZERO”. Marubeni started its business collaboration with IST in 2016. Since then, Marubeni has commissioned …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: “33 minutes with Carla Sharpe”

This week’s Space Café WebTalk took place on 14 April 2020, featuring Carla Sharpe, Business Manager at SKA South Africa, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, co-publisher of SpaceWatch.Global and COO of ThorGroup GmbH. Carla talked about her own career trajectory, and she also discussed the variety of space projects in …

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The MBRSC Shortlists 10 Candidates For UAE Analog Mission

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the shortlist of 10 Emiratis out of over 100 applicants for the UAE Analog Mission#1, as part of the Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station (SIRIUS 20/21), an eight-month analog mission conducted at the NEK ground-based analogue facility in Moscow, …

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Belarus And Russia Agree To Build Eight High-Resolution Earth Observation Satellites

Belarus and Russia have signed an agreement to jointly build a constellation of eight high-resolution Earth observation satellites, according to Belarusian and Russian news media sources. Belarusian satellite engineers have already completed a preliminary design and the new satellite series will feature a high-resolution camera capable of capturing images of …

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Isar Aerospace Expands Into Next-Generation Rocket Production Facilities Near Munich

European launch vehicle manufacturer Isar Aerospace announced its expansion into new production facilities in Germany’s space valley in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen near Munich. The new 4,500 sqm. space will be used for manufacturing and assembly of fully integrated orbital launch vehicles as well as system testing. Isar Aerospace is driving technological innovation …

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