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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Launching Into the New Decade

by Blaine Curcio The first year of the 2020s has been nothing if not very memorable. A global pandemic, political turmoil, and rapid technological development coming from and also helping to propel these changes. Flying somewhat more under the radar, however, has been the year in Chinese launch. 2020 has …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ali Al Hashemi of Thuraya – “Laser-focused”

Thuraya, leader in mobile satellite services based in the UAE, announced a few weeks ago the order of the new Thuraya 4-NGS satellite. SpaceWatch.Global’s Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk to Thuraya’s CEO Ali Al Hashemi. Markus Payer: When you ordered your next big satellite, Thuraya 4-NGS, you …

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ESA contracts ClearSpace for debris removal mission

Paris, 27 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) contracted a consortium led by the Swiss start-up ClearSpace for the world’s first space debris removal mission, ESA said. The contract has a value of €86 million. ClearSpace will start ClearSpace-1, the first mission to remove space debris, in 2025, …

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Japan’s first StriX satellite to launch on Rocket Lab’s Electron

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – On Electron: Japanese Earth-imaging company Synspective will launch its first of 30 StriX satellites on Rocket Lab’s 17th Electron vehicle, its seventh mission of the year, Rocket Lab announced. The Synspective mission is scheduled for lift-off during a 14-day launch window opening on 12 December UTC …

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SpaceX’s 100th Falcon 9 flight for Starlink sets new re-use record

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – The 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday night set a new record for re-using a first stage: it was the seventh time that SpaceX flew the booster into space and brought it back to Earth. The vehicle delivered another batch of 60 …

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Rocket builder Relativity Space adds $500 million to its war chest

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – The U.S. 3D-printing rocket builder Relativity Space adds half a billion U.S. dollars to its “war chest”, CNBC reported. The valuation of the company that produces rockets with the world’s largest 3D printers has climbed to $2.3 billion, making it the second most valuable private …

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Canadian Telesat lists on Nasdaq with Loral merger

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – Going public: Telesat becomes a Nasdaq-listed company, through the merger with Loral, the Canadian satellite operator said. Telesat Canada has entered into an agreement with Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL) and the Canadian Public Sector Pension Investment Board pursuant to which Telesat Canada and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 16 Nov – 22 Nov 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 16 Nov – 22 Nov 2020”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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