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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Business as Usual in the Middle Kingdom

by Blaine Curcio As we near the 2/3 point for the year 2020, it is starting to feel like a “lost year” for some. With many people working from home for the majority of the year, with borders largely closed, and with governments in turmoil, many are starting to ask …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Thomas Jarzombek on European Space Development

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Thomas Jarzombek, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy talked about about Germany’s role in the European and global space sector. Thomas Jarzombek highlighted the national contribution to space security in a European context, such as EU SST. Also, he discussed ideas on larger questions related …

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Sea Launch to be restored at cost of about $470 million

The floating spaceport Sea Launch, currently based at Russia’s Slavyanka port in the Primorye Territory, will be restored. This will require about 35 billion rubles (roughly $470 million), Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told the media on the sidelines of the Army-2020 forum on Monday. “Certainly, the Sea Launch will …

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Kymeta Corporation Secures Approximately $85 Million in Financing

Kymeta Corporation (www.kymetacorp.com), the communications company making mobile global, announced the recapitalization of the company along with the successful funding raise of approximately $85 million, led by Bill Gates with members of the leadership team personally investing approximately $1 million led by Executive Chairman, Doug Hutcheson. Since its launch of …

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Inmarsat joins CPN and MinFarm to address low-power satellite networks

Inmarsat, a leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has teamed up with CPN Satellite Services and MinFarm Tech to launch the MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge, incorporating Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro (IDP) service. The solution enables data from IoT sensors operating on LoRaWAN networks to be optimized for transmission over Inmarsat’s …

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Yahsat Boosts Thuraya’s Next-Gen Capabilities

Airbus has been selected by Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE’s leading global satellite operator, to build Thuraya 4-NGS, the next-generation mobile telecommunications system that will drive the continued advancement of Thuraya’s L-band business. Thuraya 4-NGS will deliver higher capabilities and flexibility while increasing capacity and coverage across …

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Moon to Mars: opportunities for Australian businesses

The Australian Space Agency is partnering with NASA on its inspiring plan to go back to the Moon and on to Mars. As part of this, the Australian Government is investing $150 million to fuel the growth of Australian businesses so they can succeed in national and international space supply chains, …

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Angara heavy rocket delivered to Russia’s Plesetsk launch center

Russia’s Angara-A5 heavy carrier rocket was recently delivered to the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia for pre-launch preparations, a rocket and space industry source told TASS. “A train with the heavy Angara-A5 rocket arrived to the space center recently,” the source said. Earlier, a source in the rocket and …

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Globalstar Launches SPOT Gen4 Satellite Messenger in EMEA

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services announced that SPOT Gen4, the next generation of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, is now available in EMEA. SPOT Gen4 offers many new features, including an enhanced, more detailed mapping interface with more display options, improved product specifications for water resistance, and geofencing capability, among others. …

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