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Momentus Space Aims To Offer Full Commercial In-Space Shuttle Service By 2021

Momentus Space, an in-space shuttle service provider, has announced that it will provide shuttle services on its Vigoride shuttle for two demonstrators this year with the aim of beginning full commercial services in 2021. The first full-scale Vigoride test mission “Strait of Magellan” is planned for Q3 2020 on the …

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Azercosmos And Infostellar Enter Into Ground Station Partnership

Azerbaijani satellite operator Azercosmos and Infostellar, the Japanese Ground Segment as a Service provider, signed an agreement to enable Infostellar customers access to their satellite constellations from the Azercosmos Ground Station (AGS), located in the Absheron peninsula. The agreement was announced on 6 February 2020. AGS’ location is uniquely positioned …

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Iran’s Latest Attempt To Launch A Satellite Fails…Again

The latest attempt by Iran to indigenously launch one of its domestically-built satellites has failed, the latest in a string of unsuccessful satellite launches due to engineering problems, poor management, sabotage, or a combination of all of these. The Zafar-1 Earth observation satellite, built by the Amir Kabir Technical University …

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Space Debris Panel At #DLD20 Asks “What Are You Adding?”

  The space panel, titled “Space: The Next Tragedy of the Commons,” focused on raising awareness about the problem of space debris. Panelists included Dr. Moriba Jah from the University of Texas,  Dr. Regina Peldszus form DLR, Harriet Brettle from Astroscale, and Daniel Porras from UNIDIR. Torsten Kriening, COO of …

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OneWeb Successfully Launches 34 Satellites

Global communications company OneWeb announced its successful launch of 34 satellites aboard a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellites were launched on 7 February 2020. They separated from the rocket and were dispensed in nine batches over a period of several hours. It is the …

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Intelsat Selects Maxar Technologies To Build Geostationary Communications Satellite

Maxar Technologies has been chosen to manufacture Intelsat 40e, a next-generation geostationary communications satellite scheduled to launch in 2022. Maxar will integrate NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) payload with the Intelsat 40e satellite. “When it’s launched, Intelsat 40e will be the newest addition to our next-generation Intelsat Epic …

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Japan Successfully Launches Latest IGS Reconnaissance Satellite

A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA satellite launch vehicle successfully lofted an electro-optical Intelligence Gathering Satellite (IGS) on behalf of the Japanese Cabinet Office from the Tanegashima Space Centre, Kagoshima Prefecture, in southwest Japan on 9 February 2020. The launch of the IGS satellite, dubbed IGS Optical 7, was initially …

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