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Australia’s Myriota Expands Into Canada Via New Acquisition Agreement With ExactEarth Ltd.

Global leader in nanosatellite Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, Myriota Canada (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriota Pty Ltd), announced on 31 March 2020 that it has entered into an agreement with exactEarth Ltd. to acquire satellite communications assets. Significantly adding to its North American capability, the transaction, which is subject …

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Cobham Secures UK MoD DE&S Anti-Jam Satellite Signal Contract

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity announces that it has been awarded a contract by the UK MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) to research Advanced Anti-Jam techniques for the protection of navigation signals received from the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The contract will see Cobham conduct research to develop means to …

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Thuraya Commits to Support COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan

Thuraya, the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) subsidiary of the UAE-based global satellite company, Yahsat, announced on 31 March 2020 that it has welcomed the launch of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), announced by the United Nations Secretary-General on 25 March. The company will use its expertise and apply …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds in March 2020

By Raphael Roettgen US$158 million of announced space-related financing rounds in March 2020 bring the total for the first quarter of 2020 to approximately US$550 million. The March number is the lowest monthly number so far, but it is worth noting that it does not include SpaceX’s ongoing funding round, …

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Protected Globally: AEHF-6 Satellite Actively Communicating With U.S. Space Force

The first national security launch for the US Space Force and the final satellite to build out the protected communications constellation is now connected. The sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 4:18 pm EST on 26 March 2020. AEHF-6 successfully separated from …

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Armenia’s President Signs Package Of Space Activity Laws

The president of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, signed into law a package of space activity legislation on 26 March 2020 that amend existing laws and regulations to expand state and commercial space activity in Armenia. President Sarkissian signed legislation that supplements the Armenian tax code, state duty law, licensing law, administrative …

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Exotrail Releases Cloud-Based Mission Design Software And Secures Eutelsat As Its Anchor Customer

Exotrail has announced the official release of its cloud-based mission design software, ExoOPS™ – Mission Design, which, after extensive testing, is now available for customers. On the occasion of the release, Exotrail has secured a contract for the utilization of the software with leading satellite operator, Eutelsat. The mission envisioned …

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OneWeb Files For Bankruptcy As Softbank Funding Talks Collapse

OneWeb, the British-headquartered satellite communications company, announced on 27 March 2020 that it has filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors under the provisions of the Bankruptcy Code in the US Bankruptcy Court in New York’s Southern District. According to a company press release, OneWeb intends to use the Chapter …

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Venezuela’s VENESAT-1 Tumbling And Out Of Service

Venezuela’s only geostationary communications satellite, VENESAT-1 (also known as Simon Bolivar-1), has been tumbling in an unusable orbit since 13 March 2020 after it made a number of manoeuvres, presumably at the direction of its Venezuelan operator, according to Space News who spoke with commercial space situational awareness (SSA) providers ExoAnalytic Solutions …

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