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FT: Munich start-up Isar Aerospace starts production of Spectrum rocket

Munich/London/Paris, 8 September 2020. – The Munich-based start-up Isar Aerospace started production of its Spectrum rocket as the “first privately built rocket” developed in Germany, the Financial Times (FT) reported on Monday. “Germany will join the commercial space race”, FT said, “in an attempt to gain a foothold in the …

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Exolaunch to Deliver SALSAT into Orbit for Berlin university

Berlin, 8 September 2020. – The Technische Universität Berlin, a leading German university specializing in space engineering, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, have reached a launch agreement for the SALSAT nanosatellite. Under the agreement, Exolaunch is providing launch, mission management, and integration services for the Technische …

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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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Russian satellite maker develops lunar navigation system with at least 24 satellites

Moscow, 1 September 2020. – The Russian satellite maker Information Satellite Systems (ISS) JSC develops two dozens of lunar mission satellites, the news agency TASS reports. ISS JSC already works on the functionality and composition of an upcoming Moon navigation system, which would include at least 24 spacecraft and which …

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Made In Space Europe and Momentus to develop robotic spaceflight mission for 2022

Luxembourg, 1 September, 2020. – Made In Space Europe (MIS EU), a subsidiary of Redwire, and Momentus, provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, have recently finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a cooperative robotic spaceflight mission planned for 2022, the companies said. The agreement covers “mission development …

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NSR study sees connected car broadband market grow to (only) $1bn in 2029

Paris, 6 September 2020. – The international satellite and space research and consulting company Northern Sky Research (NSR) sees the international broadband connected car market growing to over $1bn by the end of this decade, NSR said in a recently published summary of the 8th edition of its Land Mobile …

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Rocket Lab launches “First Light” photon satellite

Long Beach, California, 3 September 2020. Space systems company Rocket Lab has launched its first in-house designed and built operational satellite, cementing the company’s evolution from a launch provider to an end-to-end space solutions company that offers turnkey satellites and spacecraft components, launch, and on-orbit operations. The satellite, named ‘First …

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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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