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PredaSAR completes Critical Design Review to begin largest SAR satellite constellation

PredaSAR has successfully completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) to begin fabrication, testing and launch of its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) spacecraft, in partnership with Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. PredaSAR is building and will operate what is predicted to be the world’s largest and most advanced constellation of SAR satellites. The …

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Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center board meets on strategic plans

The Board of Directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, MBRSC, held a meeting chaired by Talal Humaid Belhoul, Vice President, MBRSC to discuss developments related to future projects at the Center, aligned with the strategic plan of the UAE’s National Space Program. The meeting was attended by Hamad Obaid …

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Brazilian Start-up ALYA NANOSATELLITES gains first partnership agreements

A pioneer company in the Brazilian space sector, ALYA NANOSATELLITES CONSTELLATION is also known for its female leadership. Aila Raquel is the CEO of ALYA NANOSATELLITES, and is committed to empowering Brazil’s economy by providing hyperspectral image assets and ground station services, assist in the development of commodity industries, and …

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Latest BlackSky Satellites Deliver First Images

BlackSky, a leading provider of global monitoring services, geospatial intelligence, and satellite imagery, announced it has completed initial system checkouts and has begun delivering imagery from its fifth and sixth satellites 58 hours after launch. Taking full advantage of the advanced analytics offered by its Spectra AI platform, BlackSky is …

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Planets SkySat Constellation now Complete

The fleet of high-resolution imaging satellites at Planet just welcomed three new satellites to the family. On August 18, 2020, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched SkySats 19, 20 and 21 on yet another successful Starlink rideshare mission. Much like SkySats 16-18, which were launched by SpaceX on June 13, 2020, …

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Indian space startup Pixxel secures $5 million in seed funding

Indian space-technology startup Pixxel said on Wednesday it has raised $5 million in seed round led by Blume Ventures, growX ventures and Lightspeed India. The round also included contributions from Inventus Capital India and other angel investors including Stanford Angels and Ryan Johnson, a veteran in the earth imaging space, it said in a statement. The …

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Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat

Airbus has been contracted by Arabsat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, to build BADR-8, their new generation telecommunications satellite. BADR-8 will replace and increase Arabsat’s capacity and augment its core business at the BADR hotspot 26°E. The BADR-8 satellite will be based on the-state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo electric orbit …

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NASA’s TESS Completes Primary Mission

On July 4, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) finished its primary mission, imaging about 75% of the starry sky as part of a two-year-long survey. In capturing this giant mosaic, TESS has found 66 new exoplanets, or worlds beyond our solar system, as well as nearly 2,100 candidates astronomers …

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KSAT will support Norway’s first hyperspectral Smallsat mission

KSAT has signed a contract for ground station support of HYPSO-1, a Smallsat mission from the Norwegian university of science and technology (NTNU), aiming to detect toxic algaeblooms. This is the first time KSAT provides ground station services to a Norwegian university mission. At NTNU Small Satellite Lab, a multi-disciplinary …

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