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ICEYE Dark Vessel Detection Now Globally Available For Government Organisations

ICEYE announced on 20 January 2020 the launch of its global Dark Vessel Detection solution for governmental maritime security customers. The unique solution combines synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite data from ICEYE, and automatic identification system (AIS) data from vessels. Dark Vessel Detection is used as a source of actionable information …

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Scotland’s Skyrora And Space Iceland Search For Possible Launch Sites

Skyrora, the Edinburgh-based satellite launch company, is looking in Iceland for a possible space launch location, according to reports in the Icelandic news media. The Skyrora visit was hosted and assisted by Iceland’s own space body, Space Iceland. Skyrora is developing its Skyrora XL satellite launch vehicle and is already …

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China Prepares For Banner Year In Space

China is looking forward to 2020 being a banner year for its ambitious space programme, according to a Chinese government report released on 17 January 2020. China expects to break its own satellite launch record by lofting over 60 satellites into various Earth orbits on more than 40 launches from …

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GoGo Buys Capacity On Hispasat’s Amazonas Nexus HTS Satellite

Gogo, the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, and Spanish satellite operator, HISPASAT, announced on 16 January 2020 a capacity agreement on Amazonas Nexus satellite to meet the growing global demand for high-speed inflight connectivity services. Gogo has leased multi-gigahertz of Ku-band capacity onboard HISPASAT’s …

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India’s GSAT-30 Successfully Launched For South Asian Connectivity Mission

India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours of 17 January 2020. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-251 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 2:35 am IST carrying India’s GSAT-30 and EUTELSAT KONNECT for Eutelsat, as scheduled. …

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EUTELSAT 5 West B Recovered After October 2019 Malfunction; Commercial Service Starts January 2020

On 24 October 2019 Eutelsat announced an investigation into a malfunction on one of the two solar arrays on its EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite. Pursuant to this investigation, the loss of the satellite’s South solar array has been confirmed. With the exception of the South solar array, the satellite …

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UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. Appoints Phil Brownnett As New Managing Director

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) announces the appointment of Phil Brownnett as Managing Director, succeeding Sarah Parker who is stepping down from the role to pursue new challenges.  Phil Brownnett, who is currently Managing Director of Geo Intelligence (UK), Airbus Defence and Space, will take up his new position on …

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Eutelsat KONNECT Successfully Launched For African Connectivity Operations

The EUTELSAT KONNECT satellite was successfully launched into Geostationary Transfer Orbit by Arianespace using an Ariane 5 rocket that lifted off from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, at 9.05 pm Universal Time (10.05 pm CET) on 16 January 2020. The separation of the all-electric satellite occurred after …

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New Management Takes Over Germany’s PTS GmbH After Restructuring

After a successful restructuring phase the management team of Planetary Transportation Systems (PTS) now takes full responsibility for the company. The PTS executives take over the Berlin New Space company with immediate effect as part of a management buyout from the Zeitfracht Group. Zeitfracht Group saved PTS from bankruptcy in …

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