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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds in March 2020

By Raphael Roettgen US$158 million of announced space-related financing rounds in March 2020 bring the total for the first quarter of 2020 to approximately US$550 million. The March number is the lowest monthly number so far, but it is worth noting that it does not include SpaceX’s ongoing funding round, …

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Armenia’s President Signs Package Of Space Activity Laws

The president of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, signed into law a package of space activity legislation on 26 March 2020 that amend existing laws and regulations to expand state and commercial space activity in Armenia. President Sarkissian signed legislation that supplements the Armenian tax code, state duty law, licensing law, administrative …

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NASA Study Shows Huge East Antarctic Glacier Especially Susceptible to Climate Impacts

Denman Glacier in East Antarctica retreated 3.4 miles (5.4 kilometers) from 1996 to 2018, according to a new study by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine. Their analysis of Denman — a single glacier that holds as much ice as half of West Antarctica …

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Telespazio Argentina Secures Contract In Costa Rica

Telespazio Argentina, a subsidiary of Telespazio,  was awarded a contract,  following an international tender in Costa Rica to perform an urban and rural cadastral survey of the country. With the contract worth $20 million and lasting four years, Telespazio Argentina now leads this market segment in Latin America. Under the …

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Looking Up: ArianeGroup’s GEOTracker Space Surveillance Network Gets Even Bigger

ArianeGroup’s GEOTracker network continues to expand around the world. Its seventh observatory has already been installed at its site of Ottobrunn in Germany, and an eighth station will be located in Australian’s Northern Territory at the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd. (CfAT) site, around 10 km south of Alice Springs. …

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ICEYE Unveils 25 CM SAR Imaging Capability With Current SAR Satellite Constellation

Finnish New Space leader ICEYE unveiled its latest capability of 25 cm resolution imaging with synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) small satellites, utilizing the company’s current commercial SAR satellite constellation in-orbit. With this very high resolution imaging capability, ICEYE SAR data achieves the same resolution class provided by larger, conventional commercial SAR …

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Launch Of Argentinian Satellite By SpaceX Postponed Due To Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

Elon Musk’s claim that the governmental and societal response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is an overreaction and “dumb” has caught up with him (again) as it was revealed that the 30 March 2020 scheduled launch of Argentina’s SAOCOM-1B remote sensing satellite by a SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicle …

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CloudFerro Inks Agreement To Provide Very High Resolution Satellite Imagery

Polish cloud computing service provider CloudFerro, which operates cloud platforms providing Earth observation satellite images, has established a cooperation agreement with a Chinese operator, CG Satellite. Thanks to this agreement, CloudFerro can now provide satellite images and video in very high resolution, taken both night and day. The image archive …

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China’s Long March 2C Rocket Launches Military Surveillance Satellites Into Orbit

China successfully launched three national security satellites on board a Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on 24 March 2020, according to Chinese news media sources. The Long March 2C launched the sixth group of three Yaogan-30 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) satellites from …

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SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: How Changes Brought On By Coronavirus Could Help Tackle Climate Change

David Sasaki/Flickr Glen Peters, Center for International Climate and Environment Research – Oslo Stock markets around the world had some of their worst performance in decades this past week, well surpassing that of the global financial crisis in 2008. Restrictions in the free movement of people is disrupting economic activity …

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