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Space Launch Startup Firefly Announces Launch Services Agreement With UK’s Surrey Satellite

U.S.-based New Space launch provider Firefly has announced that it has signed a Launch Services Agreement (LSA) with the UK small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) to launch six satellites between 2020 and 2022. The announcement comes as Firefly is on course to conduct the maiden launch of …

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Luxembourg’s Kleos Space Readies for Australian Stock Exchange Listing

Luxembourg-based Kleos Space, a private satellite intelligence-gathering space technology operator that will launch and operate its first earth observation satellite system by mid-2019, is completing the administrative details in order to be ready for its impending listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) with the change of its legal name. …

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Australian and Singaporean New Space Company Gilmour Space Successfully Completes Rocket Engine Test

Gilmour Space Technologies, the Australian and Singaporean New Space commercial launch company, conducted its second static test-firing of its proprietary hybrid rocket engine on 28 May 2018, the company announced. “This was a 12-second static fire of what will be our first-stage orbital rocket engine. It demonstrated stable thrust, and peaked at 75 kilonewtons (or 16,900 pounds) of …

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Japanese Spaceplane Startup PD Aerospace Raises U.S.$4.78mn In Funds

Japanese New Space startup, PD Aerospace, has successfully raised U.S.$4.78 million in funding from five investors that include ANA Holdings, parent company of Japanese airline All Nippon Airlines (ANA), and H.I.S., one of Japan’s largest travel agencies. PD Aerospace is developing an unmanned spaceplane that will be the precursor to …

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Tokyo-Based Start-Up InfoStellar Poised to Transform Communications in Space

InfoStellar is an innovative Japanese start-up with a vision: to extend the Internet that we know on Earth into outer space by creating the largest space communications infrastructure in history. This vision is set to be achieved through a unique antenna-sharing platform and also a one-stop small satellite shop that …

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Iconic Goonhilly lands £24m investment enabling global expansion

Following its recent £8.4 million contract win from the European Space Agency, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd has secured its second phase investment of £24 million. Joining the growing club of billionaires such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Greg Wyler who have demonstrated their passion for the high-growth …

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SPACE FORUM 2018: FROM SPACE APPLICATION TO SPACE EXPLORATION

International experts and major space players will converge upon Luxembourg from May 15-16 to attend the 2018 Space Forum. A gathering of European Space Clusters and Tech Valley representatives, space business angels, satellite operators, manufacturers and suppliers, will discuss the latest trends and developments in this dynamic industry. Organized in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Noah Raford of Dubai Future Foundation

Dubai is clearly leading global innovation. The city has recently played host to the High Level Forum, the World Government Summit and the World Economic Forum providing examples of Dubai’s forward thinking and ambitious attitude. The UAE is fast becoming a hub for space and the government fully recognises the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Daniel Campbell of Effective Space

Effective Space is poised to launch two spacecraft in 2020 that promise to transform our capabilities in space through in-orbit servicing. These SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft can extend the life of satellites that are reaching the end of their operational term, giving them a new lease of life, and enabling operators …

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