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New York startup iRocket lands contract for reusable rockets with US Air Force

iRocket announced that the company signed a Phase II RAPID Other Transaction Agreement contract with the U.S. Air Force, on the heels of the phase I contract where iRocket partnered with Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in Albuquerque, N.M., and Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, …

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Australia’s defense planning includes $7 billion for Space

The Morrison Government will invest $270 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the capability and potency of the Australian Defense Force, while protecting the country’s interests in a changing global environment. In its recently-released 2020 Defense Strategic Update, the Morrison Government will signal a key change in Australia’s …

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ICEYE SAR satellite imagery available through ESA’s Earthnet

  ICEYE, Finnish New Space’s small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology is providing its SAR satellite data for assessment via ESA’s Earthnet Third Party Mission (TPM). Through this program, ESA sponsors the cost to access ICEYE’s SAR data for research and Earth Observation (EO) based application development. “We are very …

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UAE’s Mars Mission to aid aerospace development

The space technologies developed by the UAE’s Mars Mission will contribute to the aerospace industry in three key ways – the transformation of aircraft design, ventilation technology and aircraft propulsion, a senior industry executive told Emirates News Agency, WAM. “The Mars Mission will create a significant amount of invaluable data …

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Israel’s Ministry of Defense and IAI Launch the Ofek 16 Satellite

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The Space Administration in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), have successfully launched the Ofek 16 reconnaissance satellite into space on the sixth of July 2020, at 4:00 AM. The launch was performed from a launch …

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AImotive and C3S apply self-driving car tech to space systems

AImotive, a supplier of automated driving technologies, and C3S, a satellite and space technology provider, announced a collaboration to create a prototype hardware platform for the efficient execution of artificial intelligence (AI) onboard satellites. C3S will adapt AImotive’s aiWare NN hardware acceleration technology in its space electronics platform to enable …

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Australia goes live with first Indigenous satellite ground station

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) provided the funding to construct two state-of-the-art commercial satellite ground stations in Alice Springs. The facility is the first development of its kind on Aboriginal owned land and transforms Australia’s capability in earth observation. Built, project-managed and owned by Indigenous companies – the Centre for Appropriate …

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European Space Agency taps Thales Alenia Space for the Copernicus project

Thales Alenia Space, a Joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %), has recently been selected  by the European Space Agency (ESA) or major Copernicus missions. Copernicus is the core satellite Earth observation program of the European Commission and ESA. It provides Earth observation data for environmental protection, …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Sebastien Moranta on COVID-19 and the European Space Sector

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Sebastien Moranta is Coordinator of Studies at the European Space Policy Institute talked about the new study on “COVID-19 and the European Space Sector”. Sebastien Moranta is Coordinator of Studies at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, an independent, public think-tank providing …

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