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Made In Space Europe To Develop Robotic Arms For Space Applications In Luxembourg

Made In Space Europe and Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) announce a joint contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a robotic arm for space applications. The contract falls under the LuxIMPULSE programme, Luxembourg’s National Space Programme. Made In Space Europe will lead the technical developments of the project …

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UK Satellite Applications Catapult And TriSept Corporation Partner Up

TriSept Corporation, a leading provider of launch integration management services for commercial and government missions, has signed a comprehensive teaming agreement with Satellite Applications Catapult, to explore and accelerate new innovations, missions and space access across the burgeoning UK space industry and beyond. Satellite Applications Catapult, part of The Catapult …

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European Launch Company ISAR Aerospace Closes $17 Million Series A Funding Round

European space company Isar Aerospace has closed a U.S.$17 million Series A investment round led by Earlybird and Airbus Ventures to develop low-cost launch vehicles dedicated to deploying and resupplying satellite constellations. Existing investors Vito Ventures and UVC Partners participated in the round alongside Bulent Altan who served 12 years …

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University Of South Australia Startups Launch Space Balloon In Preparation For Rocket Test

Two University of South Australia (UniSA) startups travelled to Petwood (South-East of Adelaide) on Saturday, 7 December 2019, to launch a one-storey-high aerial monitoring balloon, in a testing phase that will lead to a rocket launch in 2020. Space robotics startup Lux and satellite developer ResearchSat are both participating in …

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Singapore’s SpaceChain Sends Blockchain Tech To The International Space Station

SpaceChain announced on 5 December 2019 that its blockchain hardware wallet technology is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of the CRS-19 commercial resupply service mission. This is the first technology demonstration of blockchain hardware on the ISS, and it will …

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Horizon Europe For Space: What To Expect After 2020?

By Valerie Vlasenko The EU strategy for space outlines the fostering of a competitive and innovative European space sector as one of its key objectives. Yet becoming a global leader in space requires funding and extensive support in research and development (R&D). To secure this global competitiveness, Europe has its …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Completes 10th Mission, Demonstrates Booster Reusability

Rocket Lab, a commercial space launch company, successfully completed its 10th launch on 6 December 2019 from its launch complex in New Zealand, placing seven small satellites in orbit as well as returning its Electron booster back to Earth. As well as being its tenth consecutive successful launch, Rocket Lab’s …

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Universidad del Valle de Guatemala is ready to deploy Guatemala’s first satellite under UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE Programme

The team from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala have completed the development of their first satellite under the KiboCUBE programme run by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The winners of the second round of the programme handed over the …

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Kacific Secures $160 Million In Long-Term Credit Facilities

As it readies for its first satellite launch next week, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) announced on 6 December 2019 that it has closed credit facilities totalling U.S.$160 million with a group of financial institutions including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GuarantCo. The financing from ADB comprises a loan …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Khaled Al Hashmi of the UAE Space Agency

The UAE has great ambitions in space and is advancing rapidly, reaching impressive milestones all the time. This year, the UAE sent Hazza Al Mansouri, their first astronaut into space and the UAE Space Agency is developing a hyperspectral satellite as well as planning the Emirates Mars Mission. SpaceWatch.Global Editor, …

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