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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Global Maritime Awareness is Gaining Focus

by Guy Thomas, Contributing Editor The US Naval Intelligence Maritime Intelligence Integration Office (NMIO) recently hosted a virtual meeting sponsored by NATO ACT (Allied Command Transformation) on tools being used to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).  It was heartening to learn of the tools and processes that are …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Talking With Renesas About Rad-Hard Devices

Lately there has been a lot of attention paid to the heavens. Specifically, near-Earth space, between Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geosynchronous. We recently pointed out in “Money! In! Space!” that there is a business renaissance in space businesses and the related infrastructures. Startups in the space (pun intended) have …

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Arianespace postpones Vega/SSMS launch due to storm over South Korea

Flight VV16, the first European rideshare mission in the framework of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS), has been postponed due to a storm track of Typhoon Maysak over the Jeju telemetry station in South Korea. The storm track – which requires that the Jeju telemetry station be protected – has …

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US SDA awards contracts to Lockheed Martin and York Space Systems

The US Space Development Agency (SDA) announced two contract awards for the first generation of the Transport Layer. These awards represent one of the first major and highly visible steps toward developing the National Defense Space Architecture’s inaugural tranche (called Tranche 0). This set of contract awards will initiate the …

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Vega’s SSMS rideshare mission rescheduled

Final preparations are underway for Arianespace’s historic Vega rideshare flight with Europe’s Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser system – which has been rescheduled within a launch window from September 1 to September 4 following multiple weather-related postponements. SSMS provides a new dedicated European rideshare solution with Vega that is …

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Yahsat Boosts Thuraya’s Next-Gen Capabilities

Airbus has been selected by Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE’s leading global satellite operator, to build Thuraya 4-NGS, the next-generation mobile telecommunications system that will drive the continued advancement of Thuraya’s L-band business. Thuraya 4-NGS will deliver higher capabilities and flexibility while increasing capacity and coverage across …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Next Gen ESA: What’s the vision?

by Markus Payer, Editor-in-Chief of SpaceWatch.Global When ESA’s Director General Jan Woerner started his last 12 months at the helm of the European Space Agency end of June, he wrote a blog that witnessed a certain impatience and urgency about the future and direction of the organization. “We are at …

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PredaSAR completes Critical Design Review to begin largest SAR satellite constellation

PredaSAR has successfully completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) to begin fabrication, testing and launch of its Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) spacecraft, in partnership with Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. PredaSAR is building and will operate what is predicted to be the world’s largest and most advanced constellation of SAR satellites. The …

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KBR to Acquire Centauri

KBR announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, DC-based private equity firm, under which KBR will acquire Centauri, a leading independent provider of high-end space, directed energy and other advanced technology solutions, for approximately $800 million (net of tax benefits) in cash. Centauri …

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AXESS Receives Financing to Continue Consolidating Globally

AXESS Networks, the result of a merger between Axesat in Latin America and CETel in Europe, is a global player in the satellite communications industry, with operations in 50 countries on four continents, providing tailored managed end-to-end communications solutions to its corporate customers. Recently Spanish development finance company COFIDES and …

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