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Amergint completes acquisition of Raytheon’s space-based optics business

Colorado Springs, 1 September 2020. – Amergint Technologies Holdings, Inc. (ATH) announced it has completed the acquisition of Raytheon Technologies’ electro-optics technology business headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, which will be renamed Danbury Mission Technologies (Danbury). Previously a division of Raytheon Technologies’ Collins Aerospace Systems unit, Danbury is a leading technology …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 43 – U.S. Defense Space Strategy

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 43: ‘The new U.S. Defense Space Strategy’, originally published in July 2020. 1. Overview of the strategy The Defense Space Strategy (DSS) …

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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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US Department of Defense taps Victoria Coleman as DARPA Director

The US Department of Defense named Dr. Victoria Coleman as the director of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Established in 1958 as part of the U.S. Department of Defense, DARPA is designed to anticipate, explore, and achieve the concepts and technology on which the Nation’s future deterrent and …

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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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Inmarsat joins CPN and MinFarm to address low-power satellite networks

Inmarsat, a leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has teamed up with CPN Satellite Services and MinFarm Tech to launch the MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge, incorporating Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro (IDP) service. The solution enables data from IoT sensors operating on LoRaWAN networks to be optimized for transmission over Inmarsat’s …

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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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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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