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Thales and Airbus to build next Galileo generation for €1.47bn

Paris, 21 January 2021. – Not OHB, this time: The European Commission awarded contracts for 12 new Galileo satellites (six each) for a total of €1.47 billion to Thales Alenia Space in Italy and Airbus Defence & Space in Germany. “With this, the Commission is initiating the launch of the …

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5G spectrum auction in the U.S. reaches $80.9bn record level

Paris, 21 January 2021. – Beating even the boldest expectations: the 5G C-band spectrum auction in the U.S. ended its first phase with a record-breaking $80.9 billion of proceeds, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced last week. The Commission thus successfully concluded what it called “the largest auction of mid-band …

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EU to invest €82.5 million in Pan-African Programme

Paris, 19 January 2021. – The European Union (EU) spends €82.5 million to support six infrastructure and digitalisation projects of the Pan-African Programme, Space in Africa reported. The six projects span multiple sectors such as air transport, digitalisation, regional integration and trade, and sustainable resource management, Space in Africa said. …

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EU to launch Spaceways study on Space Traffic Management

Paris, 19 January 2021. – The European Commission asked a consortium of European launchers and operators as well as policy and legal institutes to develop a framework and guidelines for Space Traffic Management (STM). The project, called SPACEWAYS, will characterise and analyse the current changing context of STM, especially its …

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Softbank invests $350m and takes 30% OneWeb stake

Paris, 18 January 2021. – OneWeb, the LEO satellite communications company, secured additional funding from SoftBank and Hughes, bringing OneWeb’s total funding to $1.4 billion, the company announced. The capital raised to date positions the company to be fully funded for its first-generation satellite fleet, totaling 648 satellites by the …

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Space Café Recap: “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele #02”- Quantum Technologies

In this Space Cafè “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele #2”, Colonel (Ret`d) Ralph Thiele, Chairman of the Berlin based Political-Military Society, President of Euro Défense-Germany, and Managing Director of StratByrd Consulting, Germany talked with his guests about the Implication for Security & Defence coming with quantum technologies. His guests in this …

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Airbus and UK progress with Skynet6 program

Paris, 15 January 2021. – Update on Skynet: Airbus and the UK Ministry of Defence have completed the design review phase of the project, Airbus said. Airbus was awarded the Skynet 6A contract in July 2020 and has been working on the program at its sites in Stevenage, Portsmouth and …

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FCC allows SpaceX to put ten Starlink satellites in lower orbit

Paris, 12 January 2021. – Ten is okay: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted SpaceX to launch ten Starlink satellites into polar orbit. SpaceX had requested to operate nearly 350 satellites in lower orbit and modify its licenses accordingly; the FCC deferred that part of the application. “(W) …

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Boeing to power ISS with six more solar arrays

Paris, 12 January 2021. – More power: Boeing provides six more solar arrays to the International Space Station (ISS) to increase the orbiting laboratory’s power supply, the company said. The modification to Boeing’s ISS sustainment contract with NASA calls for Boeing to deliver six additional solar arrays to NASA for …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Elodie Viau” On 19 January 2021

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (D/TIA), and Head of ECSAT, at the European Space Agency in Harwell, UK. This event will take place on 19 January 2021 at 4:00 pm CET. Elodie Viau will share an …

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