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Berlin Space Technologies emerges from stealth mode with new German factory

Small satellite manufacturer Berlin Space Technologies (BST), said it was coming out of stealth mode by building new satellite factory in Berlin, Germany. This is BST’s second factory which will focus on the mass manufacturing of satellites in high demand by both commercial and institutional users in Europe.

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Intelsat & Infinite Orbits sign collaboration for in-orbit services

Satellite telecom network operator Intelsat, chose in-orbit servicer developer and operator Infinite Orbits, to develop in-orbit service technologies for its satellite fleet, Infinite Orbits said.  Intelsat operates one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks. The company also provides inflight connectivity.

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SpeQtral and Thales Alenia Space to jointly demonstrate satellite quantum communications

Satellite quantum communication technology provider SpeQtral, and Thales Alenia Space, a joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to research, develop and demonstrate quantum communications from space to Earth, the companies announced.

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CisLunar Industries and Sierra Space sign Memorandum of Understanding

Metal and industrial equipment provider CisLunar Industries, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with commercial space company Sierra Space, to support and enable Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser spaceplane, Orbital Reef, LIFETM habitat, and other innovative technologies currently under development, the companies said.

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KSAT’s ground network to enable Pixxel take-off

Ground network services provider KSAT, has joined forces with Earth imaging technology company, Pixxel, to support its work building the world’s highest resolution hyperspectral imaging satellite constellation, KSAT said. The company will provide access to its global ground network to enable Pixxel’s constellation to reveal key data about Earth’s health.

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Astroscale partners with NorthStar to develop in-space technology for space sustainability

Information and intelligence platform provider NorthStar Earth & Space and on-orbit services provider Astroscale, formed a strategic partnership at the 2022 International Astronautical Congress to further support space sustainability, NorthStar said. The duo will do so by combining NorthStar’s precise space-based object tracking with Astroscale’s spacecraft navigation and capture capability. 

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Spaceflight and Rocket Factory partner to fly Sherpa OTVs from Europe

Space transportation provider Spaceflight, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for upcoming launches with launch services provider Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA), RFA said. Under the agreement, Spaceflight will fly its Sherpa orbital transfer vehicles (OTV) and other rideshare payloads on upcoming RFA missions.

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Space Cafè Radio – on tour in London – with Prof. Richard Linares and Prof. Akhil Rao

In this Space Café Radio – SpaceWatch.Global Senior Editor and Space Cafè Italy Host Dr. Emma Gatti spoke with Prof. Richard Linares, Rockwell International Career Development Professor and Associate Professor at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of MIT (MA - USA), and Prof. Akhil Rao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Middlebury College (VT - USA).

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SSC awarded €1.1 million optical ground network contract by ESA

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has been awarded a €1.1 million contract by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Scylight program to support the development of the optical communication project NODES (Network of Optical stations for Data transfer to Earth from Space), SSC said. The company aims to legitimize the ground segment for the optical communication market. 

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