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Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to be decommissioned

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – It’s sad, but true: the 300 meter Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico will go into a “controlled decommissioning”, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) said. The nearly 60 years old telescope suffered two cable failures in August and last year which have damaged …

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Rocket builder Relativity Space adds $500 million to its war chest

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – The U.S. 3D-printing rocket builder Relativity Space adds half a billion U.S. dollars to its “war chest”, CNBC reported. The valuation of the company that produces rockets with the world’s largest 3D printers has climbed to $2.3 billion, making it the second most valuable private …

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Canadian Telesat lists on Nasdaq with Loral merger

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – Going public: Telesat becomes a Nasdaq-listed company, through the merger with Loral, the Canadian satellite operator said. Telesat Canada has entered into an agreement with Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL) and the Canadian Public Sector Pension Investment Board pursuant to which Telesat Canada and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 16 Nov – 22 Nov 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 16 Nov – 22 Nov 2020”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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ESA supports lunar missions with ‘Moonlight’ and ground stations

Paris, 23 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) supports China’s lunar sample return mission Chang’e-5, which was successfully launched on a Long March rocket last night, by relaying signals from the spacecraft across the Solar System with its ground station network, the agency said. ESA’s Estrack network is …

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China launches Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon

Paris, 24 November 2020. – China successfully launched its Chang’e-5 lunar sample return mission last night on a Long March 5 rocket, Chinese television and international media reported. Chinese CGTN television showed the successful lift-off, separation and solar array deployment live from the Wengchang satellite launch and control center in …

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Copernicus Sentinel-6 launched to observe our oceans

Paris, 23 November 2020. – A new family member: Copernicus Sentinel-6 was launched successfully on a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Saturday. The 1.2 tons satellite lifted off from SpaceX’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and entered its orbit one hour after lift-off, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. Sentinel-6 …

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OneWeb emerges with new CEO and return to flight launch date

Paris, 23 November 2020. – On the safe side now: The Low Earth Orbit operator OneWeb has emerged from bankruptcy and appointed a new CEO, the company announced. OneWeb emerged from U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company said, and achieved all relevant regulatory approvals. A consortium of the UK …

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