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Peraton Awarded US$219M Contract To Provide Satellite Communications to Africom

Peraton has been awarded a US$218.6 million contract to provide commercial satellite communications services for the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM). The single award blanket purchase agreement was issued by the U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) in coordination with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Known as CTC0307, the …

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ANU To Lead Development Of First Australian Satellite Designed To Spot Bushfire Danger Zones

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) will lead the development of the first Australian satellite designed to predict where bushfires are likely to start and those that will be difficult to contain. The new satellite will accurately measure forest fuel load and vegetation moisture levels across Australia. The technology …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: James Ellinthorpe Of Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne develops and manufactures advanced propulsion and energetics systems for customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and other agencies and companies. During the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. in October 2019, SpaceWatch.Global’s Ksenia Synkova met with James Ellinthorpe, Business Development Manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne, to …

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#SpaceWatchGL On The Road: A Report On The 5th Annual Conference on Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology, 5-6 February 2020, Rome, Italy

By Guy Thomas This conference was groundbreaking in one important area: it acknowledged the increased significance of space to the understanding of maritime reconnaissance and surveillance technology. At the same conference five years ago, there were only two briefs which focused on the utility of space for these sectors. Each …

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Zoé Berthiaume-Dutrisac Joins Satellogic as Chief of Engineering

Satellogic, the first company to develop a scalable earth observation platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, today announced the appointment of Zoé Berthiaume-Dutrisac as Chief of Engineering. Berthiaume-Dutrisac will oversee satellite development, production and operations for Satellogic’s global team, including managing technical …

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UK’s OneWeb Receives Permission To Operate In Armenia

British-headquartered satellite communications company OneWeb has received permission to operate in the South Caucasus country of Armenia, according to the company’s CEO Adrián Steckel in a 1 March 2020 interview with Russian newspaper Vedomosti. “We have signed a memorandum of understanding with Georgia, Kazakhstan and Armenia also because our constellation can play …

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HISPASAT and PLD Space Agree To Collaborate With Small Satellites And MIURA-5 Rocket

The Spanish companies HISPASAT and PLD Space announced that they signed an agreement on 3 March 2020 in Madrid with the intention of working together on defining the technical features and analysing compatibility to launch services on board the MIURA-5. Signing this agreement means the companies are committed to working …

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Swedish Space Corporation Signs Contract With Isar Aerospace

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and German space tech company Isar Aerospace have signed a long-term contract for testing of a new generation of European rocket engines for minilaunchers at Esrange Space Center in Sweden. The agreement includes a rocket stand for vertical tests, and the agreement can be extended to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Hunting Gravitational Waves, An Interview With Professor Catia Grimani

Like all waves, gravitational ones transport energy, producing perturbations. We can visualize them by imagining a rope which we hold at one end and is tightly fixed on the other one; when we give a vertical impulse to it, we produce a perturbation — a “wave” — that propagates forward …

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