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Space Electric Thruster System to demonstrate LEO spacecraft transport

Paris, 28 December 2020. – Space Electric Thruster System (SETS), a Noosphere Ventures aerospace company, will undergo field testing in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) as part of the debut launch of the Firefly Aerospace Alpha rocket, which is scheduled for the beginning of 2021 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: My 2020 in a review – by Frank Salzgeber

SpaceWatch.Global asked its friends, staff and contributors to review 2020 and provide an outlook into 2021. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is the review interview of Frank Salzgeber, Head of Innovation and Ventures Office at the European Space Agency (ESA). He was interviewed by …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Predict to win. How space weather forecasting will save billions on Earth

by Ksenia Moskalenko On March 13, 1989 the province of Quebec, Canada suffered from a massive blackout caused by a geomagnetic storm. The solar activity led to a nine-hour clinical death of Hydro-Québec’s Electric power system, leaving people without TV, light and home gadgets, causing huge financial losses and halting …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 018 Featuring Dana Reizniece-Ozola Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 18th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Dana Reizniece-Ozola, minister, satellite pioneer and chess grandmaster. The power of small nations. Episode 018 features special guest Dana Reizniece-Ozola. Dana Reizniece-Ozola is a unique personality. Not only did she hold the post of Latvian …

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Starlink taps German market while Europe mulls own LEO

Paris, 24 December 2020. – While Europe mulls its own LEO, SpaceX taps the German market. The German federal telecommnunications agency Bundesnetzagentur authorized Starlink to use up- and downlink frequencies in Germany and offer satellite broadband internet, the agency said. “This is the first frequency allocation for a so-called satellite …

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ThrustMe and Spacety launch radar satellite on Long March 8

Paris, 24 December 2020. – The space propulsion company ThrustMe and the satellite service start-up Spacety launched Hisea-1, “the world’s first commercial C-band small satellite SAR with a phased-array antenna”, Paris-based ThrustMe said. SAR stands for Synthetic Aperture Radar and “functions basically like a bat’s echolocation system – they are …

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U.S. ban 103 Chinese and Russian firms, including Soyuz manufacturer

Paris, 23 December 2020. – The U.S. ban 103 Chinese and Russian companies, labeling them as so-called “military end users”, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding a new ‘Military End User’ (MEU) …

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Viasat buys RigNet for $222 million

Paris, 23 December 2020. – Viasat acquires RigNet, a Nasdaq-listed provider of ultra-secure, intelligent networking solutions and specialized applications, the company announced on Monday. The all-stock transaction values RigNet at an enterprise value of approximately $222 million, Viasat said. “The acquisition will help to further accelerate Viasat’s strategy to provide …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 14 Dec – 20 Dec 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 Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 14 Dec – 20 Dec 2020”. Hello and welcome to another …

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Astroscale Ships ELSA-d Spacecraft to Launch Site

Berlin, 22 Dec 2020. – Astroscale has shipped its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration (ELSA-d) satellite to Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a March 2021 launch on a Soyuz rocket. “Shipment is always a significant milestone on any satellite development program,” said Gene Fujii, Astroscale Chief Engineer. “We have officially moved from …

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