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Kazakhstan To Start Its Own Satellite Design And Manufacturing Industrial Base

Kazakhstan has revealed that it intends to stand up and establish its own satellite manufacturing capabilities and industry with the aim of being able to build and launch its own communications and Earth observation satellites, as well as scientific and technological testbed spacecraft. According to an unnamed official from the …

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Royal Thai Air Force’s First Satellite Expected To Be Launched In March 2020

The first satellite of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), named Napa-1, is expected to be launched on board an Arianespace Vega satellite launch vehicle on 24 March 2020. This satellite is part of the RTAF’s new focus on the space domain, which is also likely to include a space …

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Skyrora Holds Successful Ground Tests Of Its Eco-Fueled Rocket Engine

Edinburgh-based satellite launch company Skyrora held successful ground tests on its 3D printed 30kN (kilonewton) liquid bi-propellant rocket engine in late January 2020. The engine uses an innovative environmentally friendly, proprietary process, high grade fuel called Ecosene, made from waste plastics, which aims to minimise the environmental impact of rocket …

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UK’s OneWeb Schedules Launch Of Second Batch Of 34 Satellites From Baikonur

OneWeb, the UK-headquartered global satellite communications company, is scheduled to launch its second batch of 34 satellites on 6-7 February 2020 on board a Soyuz 2.1B satellite launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This marks the start of OneWeb’s regular launch campaign for 2020, which will grow its …

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RUAG Space Contributes Key Components To Sun Explorer Solar Orbiter Mission

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket with Sun Explorer Solar Orbiter is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 7-8 February 2020. RUAG Space is supplying the thermal insulation, the structure of the satellite, and the on-board computer. “We have delivered key components, which enable this important …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In 2020 So Far

By Raphael Roettgen We are only one month into the new decade and, while we have not yet seen the SpaceX/BlueOrigin/OneWeb type mega financing rounds of 2019, this month has brought over U.S.$170 million in disclosed financing transactions in the space sector. The financing rounds have covered companies in many …

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UAE Hosts Luxembourg At Abu Dhabi Global Market For Space Investment Forum

The space agencies of the United Arab Emirates and Luxembourg, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), convened the UAE/Luxembourg Space Investment Forum on 29 January 2020 in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. The forum brought together senior government and space officials from both countries, …

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EUTELSAT-7C Enters Commercial Service For Middle East And European Coverage

Eutelsat Communications’ EUTELSAT 7C satellite has entered full commercial service and is ready to support broadcast customers across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. Manufactured by Maxar Technologies, EUTELSAT 7C is a 3.4 tonne high-power all-electric satellite carrying 49 36-Mhz equivalent Ku-band transponders. Successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana, …

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Kleos Space Ships Four Satellites To India For 11 February 2020 Launch

The space-powered radio frequency reconnaissance data-as-a-service company will launch its first satellites aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV C49 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Chennai, India. In an update issued to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) on 31 January 2020, Kleos Space CEO Andy Bowyer said, …

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