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Ethiopia’s ETRSS-1 Successfully Launched By Chinese Long March 4B

Ethiopia’s first Earth observation satellite, the Ethiopian Remote Sensing Satellite (ETRSS-1), was successfully launched on board a Chinese Long March 4B satellite launched vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre on 20 December 2019. The launch was delayed by several days due to inclement weather in the Taiyuan SLC area. …

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Japan To Launch Electro-Optical IGS Reconnaissance Satellite In January 2020

Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satellite launch vehicle will send Japan’s eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into orbit from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwest Japan, on 27 January 2020. The IGS satellite will carry …

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Argentina’s Satellogic Raises $50 Million In Investment Round

Argentinian commercial Earth observation company Satellogic announced on 19 December 2019 that it has raised U.S.$50 million in at least its second investment round. The latest investment will allow the company to build out more of its planned constellation of a total 90 satellites. Existing Satellogic investors Tencent, of China, …

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Russia Proposes To Jointly Build SAR Earth Observation Satellites With Belarus

The President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Aleksandr Sergeyev, has stated that Russia intends to build a group of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) Earth observation satellites with assistance from the space and satellite industry of Belarus, according to Belarusian news agency BELTA. Sergeyev revealed the Earth observation satellite plan …

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COSMO-SkyMed, ANGELS, EyeSat, And OPS-SAT Successfully Launched By Arianespace

Arianespace’s Soyuz accomplished a flawless launch from the Guiana Space Centre (GSC), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, on 18 December 2019 orbiting COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation for the Italian space agency ASI and the Italian Ministry of Defence, CHEOPS for the European Space Agency (ESA), ANGELS and EyeSat for French space agency …

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Italy’s D-Orbit Announces Investment Round Led By Seraphim Capital VC Fund

D-Orbit, an Italian systems and services provider for the traditional and New Space sectors, has announced a new funding round led by Seraphim Capital, the world’s largest venture capital fund dedicated to investing in New Space companies. The round also marks the entrance of Noosphere Ventures, D-Orbit’s first American investor. …

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Denmark’s GomSpace And Lockheed Martin Team Up To Build Nanosatellite For UK’s Orbital Micro Systems

GomSpace and Lockheed Martin Space announced on 18 December 2019 their agreement to develop and deliver a tailored GomSpace 6U nanosatellite to Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) in the United Kingdom. The contract is worth 17 MSEK (U.S.$1.81 million) and will be financed through an industrial corporation commitment made by Lockheed …

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The 8th African Leadership Conference On Space Science And Technology For Sustainable Development

By Carla Sharpe The 8th African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development was hosted at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, in Ethiopia from 2 to 4 December 2019. Over 200 participants joined the conference from 31 countries, 21 of which were African countries. The sessions …

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BRICS Member States Negotiating Earth Observation Satellite Sharing Framework

The member states of the BRICS economic bloc – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – are in the midst of negotiating a mutually beneficial framework that will allow each country to access certain Earth observation satellites from each other, according to various press reports. The aim, according to …

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Capella Space To Start SAR Earth Observation Operations With Seven Satellites In 2020

Capella Space, an information services company providing Earth observation data on demand, today announced it will launch seven synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites and start commercial operations in 2020. Powering this next step are Capella’s breakthrough engineering technology innovations that make it the first small satellite SAR company in the …

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