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Lockheed Martin’s New Contract With DARPA Can Disrupt The Future Of Space

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Lockheed Martin a us$5.8 million contract for the first phase of satellite integration on the Blackjack program. Lockheed Martin will define and manage interfaces between Blackjack’s bus, payload and Pit Boss – its autonomous, space-based command and data processor. Additional scope …

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NEC To Provide Vietnam With ‘LOTUSat-1’ Earth Observation Satellite System

NEC Corporation announced on 23 April 2020 that it received an order from Sumitomo Corporation for the manufacture and launch of the “LOTUSat-1” Earth observation satellite system for the Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC). The order also includes development of a ground system and local human capacity building programs related …

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Geely’s First Two Satellites Near Completion With Development Of Satellite-Based AI Cloud

On the 50th anniversary of China’s first satellite launch, Geely Technology Group subsidiary, Geespace announced on 24 April 2020 that its first two satellites will undergo final validation testing in June before being shipped to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for launch into low-orbit. Along with the launch of its first …

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Iran Unveils Military Space Command, New Details on Satellite Launch

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has unveiled the existence of its own Space Command following the successful launch of the Noor-1 Earth observation satellite on 22 April 2020 (reported by SpaceWatch.Global here). After the launch of Noor-1 IRGC commanders appeared in Iranian media extolling their achievements and speaking about …

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CYSEC SA Wins ESA Contract To Protect Ship Tracking Communications From Cyber Threats

CYSEC SA, a cybersecurity company from Switzerland has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a solution mitigating the cyber risks related to ship tracking using satellite communications. The digital revolution also impacts the shipping industry by integrating automated navigation, cargo-tracking systems and digital platforms …

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Space Surveillance Telescope Sees First Light Through US & Australian Partnership

In partnership with the Australian Ministry of Defense, the U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) Program recently achieved “first light” on 5 March 2020, reaching a key milestone after it was moved from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico to Harold E. …

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Australia’s Speedcast International Ltd To Recapitalise Through Chapter 11

Speedcast International Limited announced on 23 April 2020 that, after evaluating a variety of options to strengthen its balance sheet in ways that support its long-term growth and success, it has initiated a voluntary financial restructuring under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. In conjunction with chapter 11 …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: NATO And Outer Space: What Now?

By Frank A. Rose At the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) December 2019 Leader’s Summit in London, leaders acknowledged that technology is rapidly changing the international security environment, stating: “To stay secure, we must look to the future together. We are addressing the breadth and scale of new technologies to …

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Spire Maritime Announces Revenue Growth And Expansion Into Asia

Spire Global, a global data service provider and leader AIS data solutions and weather forecasting, announced today the year-over-year results for its maritime business unit. Spire Maritime expanded into Asia and celebrated a four-fold increase in bookings in 2019. It continued to build on its successes after launching in January …

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Firefly Aerospace And Spaceflight Sign Launch Services Agreement

Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, and Spaceflight Inc., the leading launch services and mission management provider, announced on 22 April 2020 that they have signed a Launch Services Agreement (LSA). The agreement confirms that Spaceflight will secure the majority …

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