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KSAT Builds The World’s First Commercial Optical Ground Station

At present, there exists a global gridlock in the optical downlink domain due to both a lack of industrialized ground stations made available for regular service, and an insufficient number of spacecrafts using optical downlinks. To unlock this situation, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) and industry partner ASTELCO Systems have initiated …

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NASA Names Companies To Develop Human Landers For Artemis Moon Missions

NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. NASA is on track for sustainable human exploration of the Moon for the first time in history. The human landing system awards under the Next Space …

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COMSAT Inks Deal With ABS To Enhance C- And KU-Band U.S. Connectivity Solutions On ABS-3A

COMSAT Inc., the global satellite connectivity solutions provider, has ratified an agreement with ABS, a Bermuda-based global satellite operator, to enhance and strengthen the COMSAT global network. The addition of the ABS-3A satellite to the COMSAT Southbury, Connecticut, teleport services bolsters its reach throughout the Americas, Europe, North Africa and …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In April 2020

By Raphael Roettgen US$68 million of announced space-related financing rounds in April 2020 is by far the lowest number this year and indeed in a while – presumably, COVID has started to show its impact. This can also be seen in at least two further, high profile bankruptcy filings in …

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Australia’s DEWC Systems Receives $2 Million Contract To Build Satellite Electronic Warfare Sensor

DEWC Systems, Australia’s leading defence electronics systems manufacturer, has received a AUS$3.1 million (US$2.02 million) contract from the Australian Department of Defence to build the sensors for Miniaturised Orbital Electronic Warfare Sensor System (MOESS) programme, it has been reported on 28 April 2020. MOESS will be a constellation of 20 …

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Arianespace To Resume Its Launch Campaigns At The Guiana Space Center

Following the measures presented by the French government on 28 April 2020 as part of the gradual resumption of activity planned from 11 May, and the announcement of a restart of operational activities at the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace confirms its following launch objectives: Flight VV16/SSMS – The first “rideshare” …

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Bulgaria’s EnduroSat Receives Investment From Neo Ventures

Bulgarian New Space company EnduroSat has received a US$362,000 investment from Neo Ventures, a venture capital company headquartered in the Bulgarian capital city Sofia, it was reported on 28 April 2020. EnduroSat was founded in 2015 and designs, builds, and operates Nanosatellites for a commercial and scientific missions. EnduroSat is …

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Yahsat Collaborates With UAE Ministry of Education To Support Remote Learning Initiatives

The UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) announced on 29 April 2020 that it is collaborating with Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) to extend the reach of its Remote Schooling initiative for students seeking to access e-learning platforms during the current COVID-19 situation. As part of the collaboration, Yahsat will …

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Thales Alenia Space to Develop In Spain The TDRS Transmitter For VEGA Launchers

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced on 27 April 2020 the signing of a contract with AVIO S.p.A., industrial prime contractor of the VEGA launch vehicle, in the frame of LEAP program of the European Space Agency (ESA), concerning the initial phases of …

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Singapore’s Equatorial Space Reveals ‘Dorado’ Sounding Rocket Launch Services

The Dorado, named after the swordfish constellation, will be Equatorial Space’s second rocket after the Low Altitude Demonstrator, pending launch due to the COVID-19 work and travel restrictions. The Dorado rocket will be the very first commercial sounding rocket capable of exceeding the Karman Line, the conventional boundary of space, …

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