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China pushes ahead with giant 13,000 satellite LEO constellation

Paris, 4 October 2020. – China is pushing ahead with developing a giant Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation competing with SpaceX, Amazon and OneWeb, according to the Washington DC-based analyst Bhavya Lal and California State University’s Professor Larry Press. Press, professor of information systems at the California State University, …

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ESA signs with Danish GomSpace to continue nanosatellite GOMX-5 mission

Paris, 4 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a contract with the Danish nanosatellite manufacturer GomSpace, the company announced on Friday. The EUR 1.3 million contract allows GomSpace to continue the development of its GOMX-5 mission and to focus on demonstrating new nanosatellite capabilities in space, particularly for …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Satellite Technologies Use To Monitor Climate Change and Manage Environmental Disasters

by Malak Trabelsi Loeb The recent 2020 US West Coast wildfire has opened infernos, as it ravaged hundreds of homes and charred hundreds of neighborhoods. On September 10, 2020, CNN announced that the Creek Fire had taken more than 166,00 acres after destroying 360 structures in Central California, Amidst a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Earth: The Final Countdown – Using Space to Save the Planet

by Dalibor Djuran, Planet Labs “Space, the final frontier.” We all remember these words spoken by Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise. The Star Trek show brought space into American homes in the sixties. At the peak of the space race, Star Trek focused on space as a final frontier …

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U.S. farmers join Keep GPS coalition to protect satellite-based precision agriculture

Berlin, 30 September 2020. – Farmers across the United States have urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect GPS networks from harmful interference and announced their support for the Keep GPS Working Coalition. The group of different agricultural associations expressed “grave concerns” over an FCC order “threatening the …

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Exolaunch to support launch of four Spire Global cubesats on Soyuz

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, will arrange the launch and provide technical mission management for four Spire Global cubesats aboard the upcoming Wanderlust mission, Berlin-based Exolaunch said. Spire Global, based in San Franciso, runs the world’s largest commercial constellation of nanosatellites making …

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Axelspace and Gazprom combine their sensing and satellite systems for the energy sector

Berlin, 23 September 2020. – Axelspace Corporation cooperates with Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) to combine their remote sensing and satellite imagery technologies for the energy sector. With support from the Japanese conglomerate Mitsui, Axelspace and GSS  explore opportunities to deliver competitive remote sensing solutions especially to the energy industry by …

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Finnish satellite imagery venture ICEYE secures $87 million funding

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – The Finnish satellite imagery specialist ICEYE secured a $87 million funding mainly from Californian True Ventures and the Warsaw-based OTB Ventures, the company announced today. The funding round was joined by Finnish Industry Investment, Draper Esprit, DNX Ventures, Draper Associates, Seraphim Capital, Promus Ventures and …

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Australian Southern Launch puts two DART rockets with sensor payload into polar suborbit

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – The Australian small satellite launcher Southern Launch has completed two polar suborbital launches in a row on a DART rocket, the company said on 19 September. “At 10:09:47 am on 19 September 2020, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test …

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ESA selects Airbus for Copernicus polar ice observation in € 300 million contract award

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus to develop and build the Copernicus polar ice and snow topography mission (CRISTAL), Airbus announced today in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The contract is worth € 300 million. “With two satellites the CRISTAL mission will ensure the long-term continuation of …

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