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Seraphim Capital’s Space Index Shows 21 Percent Increase In Venture Fund Investments In 2019

Last year was a record year for the space industry with the Seraphim Space Index showing continued momentum from global venture investors who increased their investment in the sector by 21%. Total VC investment soared to $4.1bn during the year up from $3.25bn (2018) and $2.5bn (2017). The appetite for …

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SES Government Services Part Of Consortium Supporting U.S. Antarctic Connectivity

SES Government Solutions (SES GS) and Artel have teamed with Leidos to deliver vital connectivity solutions to Palmer Station, Antarctica, operated by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The satellite-based service will serve as the primary backbone for the sharing of leading year-round scientific research from the field to the United …

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GMV To Install Control Systems On Space Norway Communications Satellites

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Deliver Space-Based Broadband Communication Satellites to North Polar Region for Space Norway

GMV, the world’s number-one independent supplier of commercial telecommunication satellite control centers, has signed a contract with Northrop Grumman for development and supply of the Satellite Operations Center for Space Norway HEOSAT’s ASBM-1 and ASBM-2 satellites. Space Norway HEOSAT, a subsidiary of the government owned Space Norway, is a Norwegian …

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France And Israel Discuss Space Cooperation At Ilan Ramon Space Conference

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Israel on 28 January 2020 to speak at the 15th Ilan Ramon International Conference, focused this year on the theme of the next decade in space. On this occasion, he met Avi Blasberger, Director General of the Israel Space …

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Kinéis Satellite IoT Company Raises 100 Million Euros For Constellation Build Out

Kinéis, a CLS Group spin-off, announced on 3 February 2020 it has raised 100 million Euros, achieving its target to finance a constellation of nanosatellites dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT). CLS Group is a subsidiary of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), the French national space agency. Kinéis …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches First NRO Satellite From New Zealand

Rocket Lab, the commercial small satellite launch company, successfully launched a small classified payload into low-Earth orbit (LEO) for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand on 31 January 2020. The launch mission, called ‘Birds of a Feather’, lifted off from the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Michaelyn Thomas Of Virgin Orbit

2020 is expected to be a landmark year for Virgin Orbit as its LauncherOne rocket will have its maiden launch from the Cosmic Girl modified Boeing 747. During the 2019 Dubai Airshow in November, SpaceWatch.Global’s Anna Hazlett met with Dr. Michaelyn Thomas, Head of Affordability at Virgin Orbit, to learn more about their exciting …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: UK Space Strategy and the 2020 SDSR: Opportunity costs and spending priorities

By Bleddyn E. Bowen The UK defence policy community is awaiting the 2020 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) and the National Security Strategy (NSS), which were last produced together in 2015. These headline defence and security documents outline what the UK Government and relevant ministries’ agreed view of the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Why 2020 will be big for space – beyond the glamour of astronaut launches

By Raphael Roettgen 2020 promises to be a big year in space, but not only for the well-known events you keep on hearing about, such as the expected crewed launches from U.S. soil on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and Boeing’s Starliner. In the background, thousands of new space entrepreneurs are …

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Virgin Orbit And Israel’s ImageSat International Partner To Provide Responsive Earth Observation

Virgin Orbit, the California-based small satellite launch company, has signed an agreement with ImageSat International (ISI), a global leader in space-based intelligence solutions, to develop an end-to-end responsive space service offering focused on national security customers. The joint turnkey service, announced at the 15th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference during …

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