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Capella Space Reveals Innovative Satellite Design For Its High-Res SAR Imagery Service

Capella Space, an information services company providing Earth observation data on demand, unveiled on 21 January 2020 its evolved satellite design to enable on-demand observations of anywhere on Earth. Informed by extensive customer feedback and findings from the launch of Denali, Capella’s testbed satellite, the re-engineered design features a suite …

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Japan’s Astroscale Receives $4.5 Million Grant From Tokyo Government For Commercial Space Debris Removal

Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market-leader in developing technology and services to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, announced on 23 January 2020 it has been awarded a grant of up to U.S.$4.5 million from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “Innovation Tokyo Project” to build a roadmap for commercializing active …

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UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund Adds 11 New Startups To Accelerator Programme

The Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF), an initiative launched by the UAE Ministry of Finance to support innovation in the UAE, has announced the addition of 11 new members to the Fund’s accelerator programme. Representing businesses from four countries, the Winter Cohort joins 28 businesses from around the world …

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Austria’s RUAG Space Instrumental In Developing Eutelsat KONNECT’s Electric Engines

Eutelsat KONNECT satellite has been launched on 16 January on board an European Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite will provide broadband internet services to Africa. For this new generation of European telecommunications satellites, RUAG Space produced mechanisms that point the satellite’s electrical engines. The electric propulsion is necessary to bring …

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ESA And Airbus Sign International Space Station Bartolomeo Platform Contract

The Bartolomeo platform from Airbus gives new opportunities for research on the International Space Station (ISS). The European Space Agency (ESA) has now firmly booked a payload slot for a Norwegian instrument to monitor plasma density in the Earth’s atmosphere. The Bartolomeo platform – named after Christopher Columbus’ younger brother …

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Finnish Satellite Workshop: Shop Window For Space Science

By Valerie Vlasenko The third edition of the Finnish Satellite Workshop kicked off on 20-22 January 2020 in Espoo. The major event for the space industry and science in Finland saw a gathering of nearly 800 professionals and covered the most important topics for the Nordic space scene.  “Our initial …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Patrick Henkel of ANavS (Advanced Navigation Solutions)

The NewSpace economy is drawing increasing attention and SpaceWatch.Global is following this new area with much interest. Opening a series of articles dedicated to this topic, Patrick Henkel, Founder and CEO of ANavS (Advanced Navigation Solutions) talks about his personal experience and his company, located in Munich, Germany with SpaceWatch.Global’s …

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Rocket Lab To Launch U.S. NRO Mission From New Zealand

Rocket Lab, the global leader in small satellite launch, has announced today that it will launch a dedicated mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The launch window is scheduled to open on 31 January 2020 NZDT and the mission, called ‘Birds of a Feather,’ will lift off from Rocket …

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Firefly Aerospace Signs Launch Services Agreement With Innovative Space Logistics BV

Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced on 21 January 2020 the execution of a Launch Services Agreement with Innovative Space Logistics BV (ISILAUNCH), a launch services subsidiary of Netherlands based ISIS – Innovative Solutions in Space B.V. (ISISPACE). Under the …

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Deutsche Bank Talks Up Possible SES And Eutelsat Merger In 2020

A Deutsche Bank research note written ahead of SES’s 2019 earnings report due on 26 February 2020 is raising the possibility that SES and its smaller rival Eutelsat could merge sometime in 2020, according to a 14 January 2020 report in online television industry publication Advanced Television. In the research …

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