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Spire Selects Galileo GNSS For Space-Based Weather Data

Spire Global, Inc, the world’s largest space to cloud analytics company, has announced Spire’s most recently launched satellites are the first satellites in the world to use Galileo GNSS signals to measure radio occultation (GNSS-RO) profiles in a production capacity for the weather community. This industry first was announced at …

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Finland’s ICEYE Receives First SAR Imagery From Newly Launched ICEYE-X2

ICEYE, the Finnish Earth observation company attempting to create the world’s largest synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation, has published its first radar image from the ICEYE-X2 satellite, launched on Spaceflight’s historic SSO-A mission two weeks ago. The image is of Natural Parks Aralar and Aizkorri-Aratz, Spain, on 7 December …

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Japanese New Space: Axelspace Completes Series B Funding Round, To Launch Two GRUS Satellites In 2020

Japanese New Space Earth observation company Axelspace Corporation has completed a Series B funding round raising approximately 2.58B JPY (U.S.$22.8 million). The round sees the allocation of new shares to the lead investor 31VENTURES – Global Brain – Growth I Joint Venture (managed by Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd. and Global …

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China’s New Space Race: IoT Startup Commsat Launches Seven Cubesats

Chinese New Space Internet of Things (IoT) satellite communications company Commsat had seven small satellites launched as a rideshare on board a Long March-2D launch vehicle together with two Earth observation satellites for Saudi Arabia from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China on 7 December 2018. The seven …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Andrey Potapov of Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

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Andrey Potapov is an alumnus of the economic faculty of the Moscow State University and a former employee of Scanex. He was also director general of a pioneering Russian satellite manufacturer Sputnix. We asked him to explain how Skoltech is organized and what educational opportunities it has to offer. Tell …

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Australian New Space: Fleet Space Technology’s Centauri-I Operating In Orbit

Fleet Space Technologies’ second Centauri nanosatellite was successfully launched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 SSO-A mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California. This is the fourth commercial satellite launched by the Adelaide-based Internet of Things (IoT) startup in the past month, after Centauri I was launched aboard Indian Space Research …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Case For LeoSat – New Orbits, New Opportunities

By Ronald van der Breggen When talking about GEO versus NGSO systems – predominantly LEO and MEO – one typically ends up in a discussion about latency and how MEO and LEO are capable of offering much lower latencies relative to the traditional GEO satellites. Alternatively one may also end …

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Firefly Aerospace Selected By NASA To Provide Launch For Commercial Lunar Payloads

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a provider of economical, and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, have announced that they have been selected by NASA for the award of a Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. The principal purpose of NASA’s CLPS program is to acquire end-to-end commercial payload services …

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Australian New Space: Sky And Space Global Sign MoU With Blue Power Group

Sky and Space Global Ltd. is pleased to announce it has signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with Blue Power Group. Founded in 2009, Blue Power Group is dedicated to providing solar power technology all around the world. Active in more than six countries, including Africa, Blue Power …

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New Space Moon Race: NASA Taps Nine U.S. Companies For Commercial Lunar Payload Services

Nine U.S. companies are nows eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and eventually Mars. These companies will be able to bid on …

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