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Virgin Galactic Captive Carry Test Flight Marks Relocation Of Spaceflight Operations To Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic successfully completed another vital step on its path to commercial service, relocating SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, to its commercial headquarters at Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space building. VSS Unity, attached to the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, made the journey from Mojave, California, where the company’s manufacturing facilities are based. The vehicle …

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Australian Rocket Company Gilmour Space Awarded $3M Grant For Composite Tank Development

A leading Australian rocket startup, Gilmour Space Technologies, has been awarded an AUS$3 million (US$2.01 million) federal research grant to work with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and partners including Treakle Composites on a project to design, develop, and manufacture lightweight, flight ready rocket fuel tanks called cryotanks. It …

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Spaceflight Industries To Sell Its Satellite Rideshare Launch Business To Japan’s Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Yamasa Co.

Spaceflight Industries, Inc. announced on 11 February 2020 that it has signed a definitive share purchase agreement with Japan’s Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in partnership with Yamasa Co., Ltd. to sell its satellite rideshare launch business, Spaceflight, Inc. Mitsui & Co.’s planned acquisition of the launch service provider is a …

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Microsatellite Startup Astranis Raises $90 Million To Power Next Generation Of Internet Connectivity

U.S. microsatellite startup Astranis Space Technologies announced a US$90 million financing round to launch its first commercial satellite and build the foundation for the internet infrastructure of the future. The round was led by Venrock, with significant participation from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz. Astranis aims to solve a problem in the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Exclusive Op-Ed: The Right Elements For A Thriving UAE Space Sector

By His Excellency Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi  Along the sidelines of local and international events, my colleagues and I at the UAE Space Agency meet with a myriad of official delegations and representatives to discuss opportunities for cooperation and the state of the global space sector. Our discussions …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Matthias Wachter Of The Federation Of German Industries (BDI)

Germany is taking huge steps to foster a national New Space industry. The Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI – Federation of German Industries) and its Head of Security and Raw Materials, Matthias Wachter, are at the forefront of that process. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening talked with Matthias Wachter about Germany’s role …

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India’s Ananth Technologies Signs Deals To Build Six Satellites For Foreign Customers

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Aerospace firm Ananth Technologies has signed deals to build six foreign-owned satellites in India, a first for a private firm, leveraging the country’s low cost base to attract global customers. The Hyderabad-based Ananth, a supplier of systems for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellites, is opening a full-fledged satellite …

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Japan Eyes Space Cooperation With Malaysia As Balance To Chinese Influence In SE Asia

Japan is eyeing expanded space cooperation with Malaysia in a bid to deepen diplomatic and economic ties with the Southeast Asian country, and as part of an effort to balance against China’s powerful influence through such programmes as its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the region. Yoshikazu Shoji, director …

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Thaicom Migrates Customers To THAICOM-6 After THAICOM-5 Technical Problem

Thaicom Public Company Limited has reported progress in its ongoing efforts to migrate customers from Thaicom 5 after the satellite suffered a technical anomaly. The company has informed its satellite television broadcast customers to migrate their television platforms from Thaicom 5 to Thaicom 6, which will begin operating on 15 …

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Indonesian Government Taps Local Consortium For SATRIA SATCOM Network Provision

The Indonesian government has appointed a consortium of local companies to operate a broadband telecommunication satellite that will provide comprehensive internet access across the vast archipelago. Communication and Information Technology Minister Johnny G. Plate said on Wednesday 12 February 2020 that the financial agreement would be concluded next month to allow the …

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