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HATTRICK FOR ROCKET COMPANY AFTER FIRST EVER LAUNCH FROM SHETLAND SOIL

Edinburgh-based Skyrora successfully launched its Skylark Nano rocket from remote land, the Fethaland Peninsula at North Roe on the Scottish island on Saturday, the 13th of June.  Skyrora plans to launch from one of the three proposed spaceports in Scotland and commercially launching from Shetland in the future is a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 38 – In-Orbit Servicing: Challenges and Implications of an Emerging Capability

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. 38: ‘In-Orbit Servicing: Challenges and Implications of an Emerging Capability’, originally published in February 2020. 1. In-Orbit Servicing Capabilities In-Orbit Servicing (IOS) encompasses a …

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European Defence Fund: €205 million to boost the EU’s strategic autonomy and industrial competitiveness

The Commission announced 16 pan-European defence industrial projects and three disruptive technology projects that will benefit from €205 million financing through the two precursor programmes of a fully-fledged European Defence Fund: the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe …

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Digital Earth Africa releases analysis-ready satellite data for all of Africa

The Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) platform now has operational analysis-ready Earth observation (EO) data over Africa, using free and open images captured by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-2 satellites. This is the first ever continuously updated satellite data at the continental scale for Africa. Digital Earth Africa has …

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SpaceX launched more Starlink satellites on Falcon 9, including three Planet SkySats

On Saturday, June 13 at 5:21 a.m. EDT, 9:21 UTC, SpaceX successfully launched its ninth Starlink mission, carrying 58 Starlink satellites and three of Planet’s SkySats 16, 17, and 18. This mission marked SpaceX’s first SmallSat Rideshare Program launch. Planet’s SkySats were deployed sequentially beginning about 12 minutes after liftoff, and …

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ESAIL MARITIME SATELLITE READY FOR LAUNCH

The ESAIL microsatellite for tracking ships worldwide – developed under an ESA Partnership Project – has completed its accommodation on Vega’s new dispenser for small satellites and is ready for launch. The Vega launch campaign at Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, resumed three weeks ago, following an interruption caused …

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Kathy Lueders Selected to Lead NASA’s Human Spaceflight Office

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Friday selected Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders to be the agency’s next associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate. Since 2014, Lueders has directed NASA’s efforts to send astronauts to space on private spacecraft, which culminated in the successful launch of …

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Spiral Blue partners with SatRevolution for in orbit demonstration mission

Spiral Blue has signed an agreement with Polish satellite manufacturer SatRevolution to launch and test their first prototype Space Edge Zero (SEZ) computer in orbit. Their SEZ computer will be hosted by SatRevolution’s SW1FT satellite, set for launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 no earlier than December 2020. Following in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 37 – Rethinking the Assessment of the Value of Spectrum

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. 37: ‘Rethinking the Assessment of the Value of Spectrum’, originally published in January 2020. 1. Electromagnetic spectrum – a shared and finite resource …

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Loft Orbital awards launch contract to Exolaunch to deliver YAM-3 microsatellite into orbit on Falcon 9

Exolaunch, the leading rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, has announced a Launch Services Agreement with Loft Orbital, a San Francisco-based company, to deliver Loft Orbital’s YAM microsatellite into sun-synchronous orbit on Falcon 9. Under the contract, Exolaunch will deliver mission management, deployment and integration services to Loft Orbital, who …

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