SpaceTalks 4.0 - 2024

Satcoms

EU Council Gives Final Approval for Secure Connectivity

The Council of the EU has given its final approval for the EU’s secure connectivity program for 2023-2027 by adopting a regulation on it. The program sets goals for the EU to deploy an EU satellite constellation called 'IRIS²' (Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity and Security by Satellite).

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#SpaceWatchGL share: Incoming Mission – Strengthen Defence & Security at the 5th CASSINI Hackathon

The global security environment is becoming more contested, complex and interconnected. As armed conflicts and civil wars re-emerge in the EU’s neighbourhood, new and unconventional security threats have emerged or grown stronger. In an increasingly interconnected world, Europe’s security starts at home. European citizens expect and deserve to live in a safe and stable environment.

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Space Café 33 minutes with Pierre Lionnet, The space economist that challenges the “new space” narrative

The  Space Café “33 minutes with  Pierre Lionnet", Research and Managing Director at ASD-Eurospace, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global was conducted on 28th February 2023. Pierre is an economist with >25 years of experience in the space sector. He is a well-known expert of space markets and technology trends. He is tweeting on space economics and markets

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Spaceflight Inc. Readies BlackSky Satellites for Launch

Spaceflight Inc. has announced it will launch two BlackSky satellites aboard Rocket Lab’s next mission called “The Beat Goes On,” from Mahia, New Zealand. U.S.-based satellite maker LeoStella manufactured the satellites, which are now in New Zealand for the final stage of integration, with co-engineering from with BlackSky. The two spacecraft onboard the mission will be the 15th and 16th satellites in BlackSky’s growing constellation.

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UNIO appoints Telecom executive as new CEO

UNIO LEO satellite

UNIO, a European LEO satellite operator space start-up, has appointed Katrin Bacic as their new CEO. Previously Bacic was Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Wayra Germany, the innovation and investment unit of telecommunications group Telefónica from 2018 to 2023. Christian Lindener had led UNIO as interim CEO since its founding who will now focus on developing the European business of US venture builder Mach49 as its partner. 

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ESA and Deutsche Telekom Partner for Connectivity Resillience

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Deutsche Telekom have partnered to enable seamless connectivity from terrestrial networks, from the sky or from above. At Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona, they signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together on the hybrid networks of the future.

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Luxembourg Selects O3b mPOWER for Satcom Infrastructure

The Government of Luxembourg has unveiled its intent to leverage SES’s high-performance, second-generation Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) system – O3b mPOWER, as a critical resilient satcom infrastructure for Luxembourg, its partners and NATO in the areas of defense and security, disaster recovery and more.

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BeetleSat Deploys LEO Satellite Expandable Antenna in Space

BeetleSat has announced the successful deployment of its lightweight, very-high data rate, expandable antenna in space. The in-orbit deployment of BeetleSat’s 60 cm expandable antenna from a 6U CubeSat is a significant milestone in the development of the BeetleSat constellation and proves the viability of its proprietary technology, according to Business Wire. 

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Rivada Signs Satellite Contract with Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.

Rivada Space Networks GmbH (RSN), a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S.-based Rivada Networks, Inc., has engaged Terran Orbital’s wholly owned subsidiary Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc. to manufacture 300 low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites for Rivada’s innovative “network in the sky.” RSN’s space-based data network will provide fiber-like low latency and gigabit per second data delivery, which is ultra-secure and extremely resilient. 

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