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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives On Iran’s Satellite Launch: Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi’s View On The Political Implications

On 22 April 2020 Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) successfully launched a small satellite – the Noor-1 (Farsi for ‘Light’) – on a previously unseen satellite launch vehicle called the Qased. This week SpaceWatch.Global is running a series of perspectives on the strategic, political, and geopolitical implications of the launch …

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IRGC Space Command Chief Says Iran Plans To Put A Satellite In Geostationary Orbit

Iran is planning to develop and launch a satellite into geostationary orbit (GEO) – at an altitude of 36,000 kilometres – for the economic benefit of the country, according to Brigadier Ali Jafarabadi, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Space Command. Speaking with Iranian news outlet Negar …

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Virgin Proposes At-The-Market Offering Of Shares Of Virgin Galactic Holdings By Vieco 10 Limited

Virgin Group, through its subsidiary Vieco 10 Limited, announced on 11 May 2020 that it may offer and sell up to 25,000,000 shares of its common stock in Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc., to or through Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC as sales agent or principal. VGH filed an amendment to …

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Blackjack Focuses On Risk Reduction Flights And Simulations To Prepare For Full Demonstration

In partnership with the U.S. Space Force and Space Development Agency, DARPA’s Blackjack program is targeting flights to low-Earth orbit (LEO) later this year and in 2021. Using a series of small risk reduction satellites, the program aims to demonstrate advanced technology for satellite constellation autonomy and space mesh networks. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives On Iran’s Satellite Launch: Tal Inbar On The Israeli Reaction

On 22 April 2020 Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) successfully launched a small satellite – the Noor-1 (Farsi for ‘Light’) – on a previously unseen satellite launch vehicle called the Qased. Over the course of this week SpaceWatch.Global is running a series of perspectives on the strategic, political, and geopolitical …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives On Iran’s Satellite Launch: Fabian Hinz On The Qased Satellite Launch Vehicle

On 22 April 2020 Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) successfully launched a small satellite – the Noor-1 (Farsi for ‘Light’) – on a previously unseen satellite launch vehicle called the Qased. Over the course of this week SpaceWatch.Global is running a series of perspectives on the strategic, political, and geopolitical …

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Rocket Lab Resumes Launch Operations, Completes Dress Rehearsal For 12th Electron Mission

Rocket Lab, a space technology company and a global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has resumed launch operations for its next Electron launch following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions at Launch Complex 1. The mission will launch payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration …

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Relativity Space Autonomous Factory Will Produce World’s First 3D Printed Rocket In Long Beach

Relativity Space, the first company to utilize additive manufacturing and robotics to build an entire launch vehicle, today announced that it has secured a new headquarters in Long Beach, California. The 120,000 sq. ft. space will house both the company’s business operations and an unprecedented manufacturing facility. Relativity integrates machine …

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Tianwen: China’s Mars Probe May Answer Qu Yuan’s Questions To Heaven

China.org.cn released a news report about China’s new planetary exploration mission on 9 May 2020, revealing “Tianwen” as the name of the mission: Fifty years ago, China successfully launched its first satellite into space. In 2003, the country’s first manned spacecraft blasted off. Four years later in 2007, its first moon orbiter …

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NanoAvionics To Build Satellites For NASA Funded AERO-VISTA Mission

NanoAvionics has received a contract to build two nanosatellites for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AERO-VISTA mission team at NanoAvionics’ recently-opened manufacturing facility in Columbia, Illinois, USA. Funded by NASA’s H-TIDeS (Heliophysics Technology and Instrument Development for Science program), the mission is led by MIT and includes several partners: …

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