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Airbus delivers “largest planar space radar ever” to Copernicus

Luxembourg, 4 December 2020. – Airbus will deliver the “largest planar space radar ever built” to Copernicus, the company announced. Airbus has been selected by Thales Alenia Space to build the advanced radar instrument for the Radar Observatory System for Europe in L-band (ROSE-L), Airbus said. Airbus Defence and Space in Germany …

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Secure World Foundation’s briefing for the Biden transition team

As a new White House Administration begins preparing its agenda for many crucial issues, Secure World Foundation prepared a brief for the Biden transition team. Below is an executive summary of that brief. Outer space activities are more important to the United States now than at almost any time in …

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UAE’s spy satellite Falcon Eye successfully launched

Luxembourg, 3 December 2020. – This time, it worked: After several launch attempts and a long delay due to the Covid pandemic, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) finally launched Falcon Eye, their military Earth observation satellite. Falcon Eye 2 was successfully launched from the European Spaceport (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana …

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China lands on Moon while Musk wants Mars in six years

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – China successfully landed an uncrewed spacecraft on the Moon while Elon Musk accelerates his timetable to send humans to Mars. China landed its Chang’e-5 probe, which it launched end of November, on the Moon’s surface, Chinese CCTV and international media reported. The mission, named after …

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U.S. group KBR wins EROS contract for Landsat observation

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Texas-based engineering and technology group KBR works for the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and won a $300 million recompete contract for scientific, engineering and technical services, KBR announced. KBR will partner with USGS to analyze and assess …

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Intelsat names new top managers with Gogo acquisition

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – Intelsat announced some changes in the management with the completion of its Gogo acquisition. John Wade will remain president of Gogo Commercial Aviation, now a division of Intelsat, the satellite firm said. Bruno Fromont, Intelsat’s former Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning, has been …

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Turkish Manta Shipping connects vessels with Marlink

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Turkish shipping services provider Manta Shipping has selected the Norwegian Marlink to provide Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service on eight of its vessels. The agreement was signed through Marlink’s local partner Ozsay Satellite to support Manta Shipping’s drive towards digitalised shipping operations and increased connectivity …

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E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in November 2020

by Raphael Roettgen November’s space financing activity was clearly dominated by the US$500 million round by American rocket company Relativity Space, known for its extensive use of 3D printing in its manufacturing process. The round, which was subscribed by existing and new investors, occurred at at an eye-watering (considering the …

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NewRocket proposes power gel-fueled “green” rocket

Luxembourg, 1 December 2020. – Propelling innovation: the Israeli startup NewRocket develops a new gel-fueled space engine that is “powerful, controllable and environmentally friendly”, the company said. The “groundbreaking PowerGel-propellant offers green propulsion, without compromising on high performance and full active thrust control,” NewRocket claims. “(T)he gel propellant is safe …

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Reusability: Rocket Lab on track for the next “Catch of the Day”

Luxembourg, 1 December 2020. – Ready for the next “Catch of the Day”: the launch firm Rocket Lab published details of its recent “Return to Sender” mission where it recovered the first stage of its Electron rocket after a successful launch. During Electron’s final few kilometers of descent, the large …

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