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ICEYE bolsters US structure with new CEO and President

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – ICEYE, leader in satellite radar technology, appointed Jerry Welsh new CEO of ICEYE US, the company announced in Washington, DC. The company’s headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. At the same time, Eric Jensen is joining as President of ICEYE US. Welsh joined ICEYE in 2017 …

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Rocket Lab’s Electron “second-most frequently flown U.S. vehicle”

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – Rocket Lab has completed its 15th Electron mission and its fifth for this year, making Electron the “second-most frequently flown U.S. launch vehicle in 2020”, the company said. The ‘In Focus’ mission launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula yesterday. …

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NorthStar to be first to monitor space traffic from space

Luxembourg, 28 October 2020. – NorthStar Earth & Space contracted Thales Alenia Space to build the first three satellites of its Skylark constellation for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, the Canadian company announced. NorthStar claims to be “the first commercial service to monitor space, from space”, via a constellation of …

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Google partners with U.S. NOAA for environment and climate research

Luxembourg, 27 October 2020. – Google partners with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop its environmental monitoring, weather forecasting, and climate research system. Google and NOAA cooperate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems, using the Google cloud infrastructure and satellite technologies, to develop …

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PhiSat-1 brings Intel’s Artificial Intelligence into space

Paris, 27 October 2020. – The chipmaker Intel placed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) camera chip on board a small European satellite in space, the company said. The PhiSat-1 satellite contains a new hyperspectral-thermal camera and an AI smart camera chip, Intel said. PhiSat-1 is one of a pair of satellites on …

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GHGSAT launches free methane mapping platform PULSE

Luxembourg, 22 October 2020. – The emission monitoring specialist GHGSat has launched a digital platform mapping methane concentrations in the atmosphere. GHGSat, global leader in high-resolution greenhouse gas monitoring from space, launched PULSE, a unique digital map showing methane (CH4) concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere, the Montreal-based company said. The free-to-use …

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EOS Data Analytics to provide precision farming tool on Dragonfly

Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – The Californian satellite imagery provider EOS Data Analytics will launch two multispectral imagers with South-African Dragonfly Aerospace into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in 2022, the company announced. The payloads will be “particularly useful for the commercial agricultural industry,” the company said. “Multispectral images are critical for tracking …

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Frontex selects Airbus and Heron for maritime surveillance

Luxembourg, 20 October 2020. – The European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex contracted Airbus and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to operate a long-endurance maritime aerial surveillance system for the Mediterranean Sea, Airbus announced. The service includes the provision of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) platform and all necessary …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: “International and cooperative” – Review of the 71th International Astronautical Congress by Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund

2020 changed everything, also the International Astronautical Congress. Instead of meeting the global space community in person in Dubai this year, we met in CyberSpace during the first edition of the International Astronautical Congress earlier last week from 12-14 Oct 2020. SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk …

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Swedish AAC Clyde Space to acquire U.S. SpaceQuest

Berlin, 19 October 2020. – AAC Clyde Space grows its small satellite portfolio and acquires the U.S. satellite technology company SpaceQuest for $ 8.4 million, the Swedish company announced. The acquisition is subject to approval by AAC’s Extraordinary General Meeting and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). …

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