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FORTITUDE Space Documentary to Premiere on July 16

FORTITUDE Premier in the Library of Congress

Following three years of production, FORTITUDE a new documentary featuring some of the leading names in the commercial space sector, will premier at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on July 16th. "FORTITUDE - Forging the Trillion Dollar Space Economy" was produced by director Torsten Hoffmann, whose previous documentaries include Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Future of the Internet

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Novaspace Reports Substantial Growth in EO Satellite Market

According to the latest Earth Observation Satellite Systems report from Novaspace, a merger between Euroconsult Group and SpaceTec Partners, the global Earth Observation satellite market will undergo substantial growth over the coming decade, with the number of EO satellites in orbit to almost triple as the manufacturing market grows by 40% and the value of the launch market increases by 55%.

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Airbus Prepares to Ship Sentinel-2C to the European Spaceport

Sentinel-2C being loaded into Canopée cargo vessel

After road transport from Airbus in Friedrichshafen to Bremen on 2 July, the Airbus-built Sentinel-2C satellite, the third Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite, is about to begin its journey to the European spaceport in French Guiana by ship. Operators loaded the container onto the Canopée, the first sail-assisted cargo ship specifically to transport Ariane 6 rocket components from European ports to the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, where it will arrive in approximately two weeks. 

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Greece First Country to Build a National Wildfire System using OroraTech Technology

FOREST-1 image rendering. Credit OroraTech

The Greek Ministry of Digital Governance has announced an investment into four thermal satellites and a wildfire system with the thermal intelligence provider OroraTech. Together with a consortium of Greek subcontractors, OroraTech will deliver a system for wildfire management, including ground systems and processing services, as well as a constellation of thermal imaging satellites dedicated to monitoring the entire country of Greece for wildfires.

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Dhruva Space and Kinéis to Introduce IoT Connectivity in India

Dhruva Space and Kinéis

Dhruva Space and Kinéis have announced a collaboration to introduce Kinéis IoT connectivity in India and to launch a Kinéis IoT payload on the Dhruva Space P-30 satellite. The partnership is a groundbreaking initiative for the companies to fortify global satellite connectivity. Through the partnership, Dhruva Space will provide Kinéis IoT services in India and develop new and innovative applications that can receive support from Kinéis’ 25-satellite constellation

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ESA Contracts Three Companies for Zero Debris Satellite Platforms


The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, OHB and Thales Alenia Space each to develop large low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite platforms that conform to Zero Debris standards. This aligns with the ESA's commitment to deliver on the promise of Zero Debris by 2030. As a result, ESA is supporting the industry during this technologically challenging transition to ensure Europe can design and build compliant satellites in time.

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COSPAR Launches Space Innovation Centre in Cyprus

The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) is proud to announce the inauguration of the COSPAR International Space Innovation Centre, in Nicosia, Cyprus. This landmark event, held during a five-day summit, marks the culmination of a joint dedicated efforts over the past few years between the COSPAR Panel on Innovative Solutions (PoIS) Impact Group and the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO).

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EarthCARE Reveals Unprecedented Image of Earth’s Clouds


Less than a month after its launch, ESA’s EarthCARE satellite has returned the first image from one of its instruments. The image unveils the internal structure and dynamics of clouds for the first time from space. This first image, which the satellite's cloud profiling radar captured, offers a mere glimpse of the instrument's full potential once it undergoes full calibration.

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Rocket Lab Donates Rocket to California Science Center

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has donated one of its Electron rockets to the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center expansion project. Available for public view now, Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will be showcased temporarily at the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center Work in Progress gallery, offering a preview of new artefacts and plans for the future Air and Space Center. Furthermore, Electron’s inclusion in the exhibit will mark the first time the public can view the historic rocket up close.

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ThrustMe Reaches First Year Production Milestone, Expanding its Global Market Reach


ThrustMe, a pioneering leader in satellite space propulsion systems, proudly announces celebrating one year of successfully ramping up to reach industrial-scale production. This achievement testifies to ThrustMe's leadership in producing the highest number of gridded ion thrusters to date and the only successfully demonstrated iodine-fed propulsion system worldwide.

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