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SpaceX successfully launches Transporter-5 rideshare mission

SpaceX has launched the Transporter-5 rideshare mission carrying several dozen payloads to low Earth and sun-synchronous orbits. This time the first stage touched down at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral. This was the eighth launch of booster 1061 and the one-hundredth launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket.

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ESA approves polar ice and snow monitoring CRISTAL spacecraft’s system requirements

ESA has confirmed after a thorough review process that the preliminary design of the Airbus-built Copernicus Polar Ice and Snow Topography Altimetry mission CRISTAL, meets all system requirements, Airbus said. CRISTAL will measure sea ice thickness and ice sheet elevations with the help of a multi-frequency altimeter.

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ICEYE starts pilot with ESA to support Copernicus Emergency Services

Satellite-driven monitoring and natural catastrophe solutions company ICEYE, announced they are starting a pilot activity with the European Space Agency (ESA) to support the Copernicus Emergency Management Services (CEMS) team with flood insights. Under the programme, ICEYE will deliver critical flood impact information for CEMS to evaluate the data and explore potential applications.

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Airbus enters into strategic partnership with Mayday.ai

German-based risk and disaster intelligence company Mayday.ai, and Airbus have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance risk and disaster intelligence. Airbus’ data will power Mayday.ai’s next-generation platform supporting decision-makers in protecting lives, property and the environment.

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Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace orders satellites from NanoAvionics

Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has placed an order for three microsatellites with Lithuanian mission integrator NanoAvionics for a space-based maritime surveillance mission covering the North Sea area, Kongsberg said. The satellites will be based on NanoAvionics’s MP42 microsatellite bus.

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Satellogic contracts SpaceX to launch 68 Earth observation satellites

Vertically integrated geospatial company, Satellogic  announced that it has signed a multiple launch agreement with SpaceX to deploy 68 satellites. Satellogic builds and manages its own spacecraft, as well as markets the collected Earth observation data. This vertical integration reduces costs and enables the company to offer actionable data at a more affordable price.

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Unseenlabs expands satellite constellation dedicated to maritime surveillance

Geolocation data service provider Unseenlabs, successfully launched its sixth and seventh satellites dedicated to locating vessels at sea. The first satellite was launched with SpaceX, while the second one was launched with Rocket Lab on their “There and Back Again” helicopter catch mission. Unseenlabs now has seven satellites in orbit.

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Space Cafe WebTalk 33 minutes with Rodrigo Da Costa – In the rapidly evolving New Space ecosystem users expect performant and secure services – Recap

Our Space Cafe WebTalk “33 minutes with Rodrigo Da Costa - In the rapidly evolving New Space ecosystem users expect performant and secure services. And that’s where EUSPA comes into play” took place on Tuesday, 26th April. Our guest was Rodrigo Da Costa who took up his duties as Executive Director of newly formed the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA)

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