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#SpaceWatchGL interviews: Juan Tomas Hernani, CEO Satlantis, about Earth Observation, smart imaging and super resolution

High Resolution from the Low Earth Orbit: Founded in 2014, the Bilbao/Spain-based Satlantis is a pioneer and frontrunner in Earth Observation today. SpaceWatch.Global’s Editor in Chief Markus Payer spoke with Satlantis CEO Juan Tomas Hernani about trends in the industry and technology, public and private funding, rideshare and the unprecedented …

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French weather research satellite Taranis to launch mid-November

Paris, 8 November 2020. – The French weather research satellite Taranis is set to launch on a Vega rocket from French Guiana in the night from 16 to 17 November, the French national research center CNRS announced. Taranis is to study the bursts of X- and gamma rays that come …

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Airbus UK to develop ESA’s TRUTHS climate observation project

Paris, 4 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) has contracted Airbus in the UK to conduct feasibility studies and lead the pre-development of its TRUTHS mission. TRUTHS stands for Traceable Radiometry Underpinning Terrestrial and Helio Studies and is a space-based climate and calibration observing system to improve confidence …

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E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in October 2020

by Raphael Roettgen Despite the absence of any triple-digit million rounds, we still saw over $100 million of financing activity in the space sector in October 2020. This sum is excluding public sector awards, principally the roughly $370 million to 14 companies that were announced under NASA’s Tipping Point program. …

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Kleos to launch four scouting smallsats on Indian rocket

Paris, 1 November 2020. – Kleos Space is on track for launching four Scouting Mission satellites on an Indian vehicle, the Luxembourg-based Earth monitoring company announced. The mission team completed the preparation of the four smallsats for a launch on board a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on 7 November, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: SATELLITE IMAGERY MONITORING CONFLICT & ARMS EMBARGO

by Skye Boag, Marketing Manager at European Space Imaging Since February 2011, there has been an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council on Libya concerning the supply of arms and military equipment to and from Libya. This embargo is repeatedly violated by countries funnelling not only goods …

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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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