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AImotive and C3S apply self-driving car tech to space systems

AImotive, a supplier of automated driving technologies, and C3S, a satellite and space technology provider, announced a collaboration to create a prototype hardware platform for the efficient execution of artificial intelligence (AI) onboard satellites. C3S will adapt AImotive’s aiWare NN hardware acceleration technology in its space electronics platform to enable …

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Australia goes live with first Indigenous satellite ground station

Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) provided the funding to construct two state-of-the-art commercial satellite ground stations in Alice Springs. The facility is the first development of its kind on Aboriginal owned land and transforms Australia’s capability in earth observation. Built, project-managed and owned by Indigenous companies – the Centre for Appropriate …

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European Space Agency taps Thales Alenia Space for the Copernicus project

Thales Alenia Space, a Joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %), has recently been selected  by the European Space Agency (ESA) or major Copernicus missions. Copernicus is the core satellite Earth observation program of the European Commission and ESA. It provides Earth observation data for environmental protection, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 42 – C-Band, Satellites and 5G

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. 42: ‘C-Band, Satellites and 5G’, originally published in June 2020. 1. The U.S. C-band story – transitioning the use of C-band from satellite to …

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Thuraya Users to Benefit from Ericsson Core Network Modernization

United Arab Emirates-based mobile satellite services operator Thuraya has signed an agreement with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) for a core network modernization and upgrade to a 4G and 5G ready infrastructure. Ericsson will modernize and optimize Thuraya’s network to a virtualized core that supports existing and new features and services in …

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NASA Invests $51 Million in US Firms to Advance Space Research

NASA selected 409 technology proposals for the first phase of funding from the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The contracts will provide approximately $51 million to 312 small businesses in 44 states and Washington, D.C. “NASA depends on America’s small businesses for …

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#SpaceWatchGL Columns: ESPI Yearbook 2019: new decade, new formula

by Sebastien Moranta The ESPI Yearbook is an annual publication that provides a complete overview of all major developments and trends in the space sector over the year including policy, programmes, industry, economy, business and overall worldwide activity. One yearbook, four areas: Policy & Programmes, where we report on the …

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Exolaunch and NanoAvionics sign two launch agreements for SpaceX’s rideshare missions

Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, signed launch agreements with NanoAvionics, a nano-satellite bus manufacturer and mission integrator, to launch two 6U nano-satellites aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rideshare missions. Under the contract, Exolaunch will provide launch, integration and deployment services to the NanoAvionics-built satellites. The first contracted spacecraft …

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Airbus signs contract with Optus for OneSat

Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract for a fully reconfigurable telecommunications satellite from Australia’s second largest telecommunications company and leading satellite operator Optus. The satellite will be based on Airbus’ new standard OneSat product line and is Airbus’ first contract from the Australian operator. Airbus will deliver an …

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United States Space Force field command structure reduces command layers, focuses on space

The Department of the Air Force and the United States Space Force have finalized the new service’s organizational structure for echelons below the headquarters, reflecting the newest branch of the armed forces’ guiding principles of being a lean, agile and mission-focused organization. The USSF field organization will consist of three …

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