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Saber Astronautics Plans App To Allow Hobbyists To Track Satellites And Space Debris

Sydney-based Australian space company Saber Astronautics plans to launch an app to allow anyone with a telescope to track satellites and space debris, according to a report in published on 27 February 2020. This app would offer even backyard hobby astronomers a role in space situational awareness, keeping track …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In February 2020

By Raphael Roettgen The over US$220 million of announced space-related financing rounds in February 2020 handily beat the January number (US$170 million). Two satellite communication companies, American Astranis (with its $90 million in equity and venture debt) and French Kinéis, were responsible for US$200 million of the total amount. Just …

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The European Commission Finances A Disruptive Recovery Solution For Small Launch Vehicles

With the rise of the small satellite, industry launch vehicles need new solutions to offer  tailored and cost-effective access to space. The space industry took a big leap forward when SpaceX started recovering the first stage of its rockets, thus decreasing launch prices drastically. Currently, reusability is one of the …

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PLD Space Successfully Achieves A Full Rocket Engine Test For MIURA 1 Mission

In May 2019, Spanish company PLD Space suffered a catastrophic engine failure, which caused material damage, including the loss of the first flight version of the TEPREL-B liquid rocket engine, developed by PLD Space for MIURA 1 launch vehicle. Therefore, the company decided to pause the qualification process and analyse …

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AfricaXP Selects Eutelsat For DTH Satellite Services Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Channel network and content distributor AfricaXP has signed multi-year agreements with Eutelsat Communications for Ku-band capacity on two Eutelsat satellites, positioned at 16° East and 7° East. This capacity will enable AfricaXP to extend the reach of its DTH free-to-air TV platform, Premium.Free and launch an inaugural, 10 channel French language …

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AAC Clyde Space Selected To Deliver Batteries For Intuitive Machines’ Lunar Lander Mission

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AAC Clyde Space has been selected to supply batteries to the Nova-C lunar lander mission led by the U.S. company Intuitive Machines. The agreement, announced on 27 February 2020, broadens the scope of its original order from power systems to also include batteries that will enable Intuitive Machines to optimize …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Thomas Gruebler of Orora Technologies

The New Space sector continues to grow exponentially, and SpaceWatch.Global strives to introduce you to the sector’s brightest ideas, companies, and leaders. Torsten Kriening, SpaceWatch.Global’s co-publisher and COO, recently spoke with Thomas Gruebler, CEO of Orora Technologies. Orora Technologies is Germany’s best known, most visible New Space startup, and you …

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Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Historic First Docking of MEV-1 With Intelsat 901 Satellite

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Space Logistics LLC, have successfully completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft in order to provide life-extension services. This historic accomplishment marks the first time two commercial satellites have docked in orbit and the first time …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Deganit Paikowsky On How RPO Instability Could Paradoxically Create Long-Term Stability

One of the more notable space stories of the past few weeks is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in …

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