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Europe’s Galileo GNSS Now Replies To Distress Messages Around The Globe

As well as providing global navigation services, Europe’s Galileo satellite constellation is contributing to saving more than 2000 lives annually by relaying SOS messages to first responders. And from now on the satellites will reply to these messages, assuring people in danger that help is on the way. This ESA-design …

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Europe’s EDRS-C Space Data Highway Satellite Ready For Operations

The second satellite in the European Data Relay System (EDRS) has reached its intended orbit and completed its in-orbit tests. Dubbed the “SpaceDataHighway” by its commercial operator Airbus, EDRS uses innovative laser technology to enable Earth-observation satellites to deliver their information to users on the ground in near real-time, accelerating …

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Egypt’s NileSat Taps SpaceX To Launch NileSat-301 In 2022

Egypt’s commercial satellite communications operator NileSat has selected U.S. commercial space launch company SpaceX to launch its NileSat-301 communications satellite in 2022. The two companies signed a contract for the launch on 21 January 2020 in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. European satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space won the …

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SoftBank-Backed Skylo Raises $116 Million For Satellite IoT Network Venture

Skylo, maker of the world’s most affordable and ubiquitous network that connects any machine or sensor, has announced that the company has emerged from stealth with U.S.$116 million in total funding. The company previously raised U.S.$13 million in a Series A round that was co-led by DCM and Innovation Endeavors, …

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Capella Space Reveals Innovative Satellite Design For Its High-Res SAR Imagery Service

Capella Space, an information services company providing Earth observation data on demand, unveiled on 21 January 2020 its evolved satellite design to enable on-demand observations of anywhere on Earth. Informed by extensive customer feedback and findings from the launch of Denali, Capella’s testbed satellite, the re-engineered design features a suite …

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Japan’s Astroscale Receives $4.5 Million Grant From Tokyo Government For Commercial Space Debris Removal

Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market-leader in developing technology and services to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, announced on 23 January 2020 it has been awarded a grant of up to U.S.$4.5 million from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “Innovation Tokyo Project” to build a roadmap for commercializing active …

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UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund Adds 11 New Startups To Accelerator Programme

The Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF), an initiative launched by the UAE Ministry of Finance to support innovation in the UAE, has announced the addition of 11 new members to the Fund’s accelerator programme. Representing businesses from four countries, the Winter Cohort joins 28 businesses from around the world …

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Austria’s RUAG Space Instrumental In Developing Eutelsat KONNECT’s Electric Engines

Eutelsat KONNECT satellite has been launched on 16 January on board an European Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite will provide broadband internet services to Africa. For this new generation of European telecommunications satellites, RUAG Space produced mechanisms that point the satellite’s electrical engines. The electric propulsion is necessary to bring …

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Finnish Satellite Workshop: Shop Window For Space Science

By Valerie Vlasenko The third edition of the Finnish Satellite Workshop kicked off on 20-22 January 2020 in Espoo. The major event for the space industry and science in Finland saw a gathering of nearly 800 professionals and covered the most important topics for the Nordic space scene.  “Our initial …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Patrick Henkel of ANavS (Advanced Navigation Solutions)

The NewSpace economy is drawing increasing attention and SpaceWatch.Global is following this new area with much interest. Opening a series of articles dedicated to this topic, Patrick Henkel, Founder and CEO of ANavS (Advanced Navigation Solutions) talks about his personal experience and his company, located in Munich, Germany with SpaceWatch.Global’s …

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