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Canadian Telesat lists on Nasdaq with Loral merger

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – Going public: Telesat becomes a Nasdaq-listed company, through the merger with Loral, the Canadian satellite operator said. Telesat Canada has entered into an agreement with Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL) and the Canadian Public Sector Pension Investment Board pursuant to which Telesat Canada and …

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ESA supports lunar missions with ‘Moonlight’ and ground stations

Paris, 23 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) supports China’s lunar sample return mission Chang’e-5, which was successfully launched on a Long March rocket last night, by relaying signals from the spacecraft across the Solar System with its ground station network, the agency said. ESA’s Estrack network is …

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OneWeb emerges with new CEO and return to flight launch date

Paris, 23 November 2020. – On the safe side now: The Low Earth Orbit operator OneWeb has emerged from bankruptcy and appointed a new CEO, the company announced. OneWeb emerged from U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the company said, and achieved all relevant regulatory approvals. A consortium of the UK …

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Luxembourg raises budget for Luxeosys satellite to €300 million

Paris, 23 November 2020. – Following heated debates, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies has voted an additional budget for its military observation satellite Luxeosys, the newspaper Wort reported. The Grand Duchy’s Parliament also rejected to set up a committee of inquiry looking into the preparation of the project and the …

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Rocket Lab “returns to sender” with Electron’s 1st first stage recovery

Paris, 20 November 2020. – Successful return to sender: Rocket Lab has, for the first time, brought a first stage of its Electron back to Earth in tonight’s “Return to Sender” mission. “Splashdown of Electron’s first stage confirmed,” Rocket Lab tweeted this morning, “recovery ops are underway”. Approximately two and …

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Viasat buys Eutelsat’s KA-SAT and European broadband platform

Paris, 20 November 2020. – Divorce completed: Viasat buys Eutelsat’s 51% share in their former European broadband partnership and its KA-SAT satellite platform, the Californian company announced. Viasat acquires Eutelsat’s 51% share of Euro Broadband Infrastructure (EBI), the wholesale broadband services business that both companies jointly created in Europe. It will …

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San Francisco start-up to launch first Gas Station in Space

Paris, 19 November 2020. – Refueling instead of graveyard: The Californian company Orbit Fab opens the first gas station in space, the company said. The San Francisco-based start-up agreed with Spaceflight, the rideshare and mission provider, to launch its first operational fuel depot, dubbed Tanker 001 Tenzing, into space next …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Mari Eldholm on Norway’s space ambitions

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk,  Mari Eldholm, the Director of NIFRO, Oslo, Norway, talked about Norway’s space ambitions from oil to orbit.  Norway may not be as famous for its space efforts as its oil and gas sector, but that might be about to change. The Nordic nation has in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The future of communications

by Jose Salgado In 2018, global mobile data traffic amounted to 19.01 Exabytes per month and is expected to reach 77.5 Exabytes per month worldwide by 2022, according to Statista. Mobile data use radio frequencies traveling through the electromagnetic spectrum, but this is a finite resource. For example, 5G technology …

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Speedcast transfers maritime customers to Inmarsat

Paris, 17 November 2020. – Speedcast is selling its prime maritime customers to Inmarsat, the companies announced. Speedcast and Inmarsat reached an agreement on the sale of Speedcast’s primary Fleet Xpress, Fleet Broadband and Fleet One service contracts, London-based Inmarsat said in a press release. “The agreement marks another significant …

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