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Zeitfracht Group Invests in German Lunar Mission Formally Known as PTScientists

The Berlin-based Zeitfracht Group is investing in the first German lunar mission and has acquired the space start-up PTS. The company, formerly known under the name PTScientists, was renamed Planetary Transportation Systems as part of the acquisition. PTS is the only company in Europe with a lunar landing device in …

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Satellogic Partners With China’s ABDAS To Provide Earth Observation Data

Satellogic, the world’s first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company, has announced that they have partnered with ABDAS, based in Henan Province, China, to deliver exclusive access to a dedicated constellation of satellites. The total amount of the agreement is more than U.S.$38 million. As a result of this agreement, ABDAS …

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Two Recently Launched ICEYE SAR Satellites Commissioned – Added to Commercial Constellation

ICEYE’s two SAR satellites launched in July 2019 have finalized their initial commissioning, and are available for customer data orders. The company now provides standardized commercial imaging access to three of its SAR satellite units, in addition to serving a number of customers with custom data products and solutions. ICEYE …

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Relativity Space Signs Launch Services Agreement for Multiple Launches with Momentus on Terran 1

Rendering of Relativity Space's factory in Stennis

Relativity Space has signed a Launch Services Agreement (LSA) with Momentus, the provider of in-space shuttle services that move satellites between orbits, to launch Momentus’ small and medium satellite customers on Relativity’s Terran 1 rocket, the world’s first and only entirely 3D printed rocket. Momentus will then deliver their customers’ …

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OneWeb Brings Fiber-like Internet For the Arctic in 2020

OneWeb, whose goal is to connect everyone everywhere, today announced the details of its Arctic high-speed, low-latency internet service. OneWeb will deliver 375 Gbps of capacity above the 60thparallel North. With service starting in 2020, there will be enough capacity to give fibre-like connectivity to hundreds of thousands of homes, …

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GomSpace and UnseenLabs Commission BRO-1 in Record Time

GomSpace has successfully delivered and commissioned the satellite bus for UnseenLabs BRO-1, launched from New Zealand by Rocket Lab on August 19. The launch and early operations phase was successfully completed in only a few days, and the spacecraft is ready to commence operation for UnseenLabs. GomSpace Launch and Early …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Launching the next space era in Norway

by Mari Eldholm, Director of NIFRO Norway is a small but vibrant space nation. For decades sounding rockets have been launched from Andoya, K-SAT operates a global network of ground stations, and a number of small and large Norwegian satellites are in orbit. In addition, Norway is home to a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: The Dark Side of Moon Exploration by Jessica West

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Jessica West/, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “The dark side of moon exploration”, originally published 22 August 2019. Landing on the moon 50 years ago was a major achievement. But, as Jessica West writes, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: No Tardigrades Here by Laura Montgomery

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Laura Montgomery, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “No Tardigrades Here”, originally published 22 August 2019. No, a tardigrade is not what you get when you’re late to class.  It’s a microbial “water bear.”  It’s …

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