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Unseenlabs to launch two nano-sats on Rocket Lab

Paris, 6 November 2020. – The geolocation start-up Unseenlabs will launch two nano-satellites with Rocket Lab mid-November, the French firm announced. Unseenlabs launched BRO-1 in August 2019; it now plans to launch BRO-2 and BRO-3. The launch “marks the beginning of the deployment of the Unseenlabs constellation, which will comprise …

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Kacific prepares launch of its second broadband satellite

Paris, 3 November 2020. – Kacific Broadband Satellites Group is preparing its second satellite, Kacific2, the Singapore-based company said. Kacific2 will cover Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea and it will expand coverage into South East Asia and further into Central and Western Asia, the company said. “Like Kacific1, …

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Virgin Orbit to take stake in Sky and Space Global and enter in co-marketing

Paris, 1 November 2020. – Virgin Orbit is to take a 14.7% stake in the ailing Sky and Space Global (SAS), SAS announced. SAS “is pleased to announce Virgin Orbit will acquire a stake in the Company and enter into new strategic launch services and mutual reseller agreements to support …

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Colombian Air Force to extend smallsat program with GomSpace

Paris, 1 November 2020. – The Colombian Air Force extends its smallsat program and signed with Denish GomSpace for a second mission, GomSpace said. GomSpace has signed a contract with the Colombian Air Force (FAC) to initiate the FACSAT-2 satellite mission and an associated virtual technology transfer program, the company …

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FCC transfers OneWeb’s U.S. licenses and market access

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the transfer of licenses and market access to the newly restructured OneWeb company. OneWeb – a United Kingdom-based company – emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year with the UK Government and the Indian conglomerate Bharti …

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NorthStar to be first to monitor space traffic from space

Luxembourg, 28 October 2020. – NorthStar Earth & Space contracted Thales Alenia Space to build the first three satellites of its Skylark constellation for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, the Canadian company announced. NorthStar claims to be “the first commercial service to monitor space, from space”, via a constellation of …

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Google partners with U.S. NOAA for environment and climate research

Luxembourg, 27 October 2020. – Google partners with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to develop its environmental monitoring, weather forecasting, and climate research system. Google and NOAA cooperate on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) systems, using the Google cloud infrastructure and satellite technologies, to develop …

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Russia launches next Glonass navigation satellite

Paris, 27 October 2020. – Russia has successfully launched another Glonass navigation satellite, the news agency Tass reported. “The Soyuz-2.1b middle class carrier rocket launched on Sunday, October 25, at 22:08 Moscow time from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region has successfully placed the Russian Glonass-K navigation spacecraft into the …

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Mynaric to supply laser links to Telesat’s U.S. Blackjack showcase

Paris, 25 October 2020. – The space laser communications specialist Mynaric has been selected by Telesat to supply inter-satellite links to U.S. DARPA’s Blackjack program, the Gilching/Munich-based company announced. The Canadian Telesat had announced last week that it will develop two Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft buses for the U.S. …

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