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Kratos launches OpenSpace as platform for virtual ground services

Luxembourg, 22 October 2020. – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions launched OpenSpace, a platform for the software-based creation of virtual ground systems, the Nasdaq-listed U.S. company said. OpenSpace is a software platform and family of virtual products that enable satellite operators and ground service providers to create fully software-defined, dynamic …

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India drafts new space policy to encourage private investment

Luxembourg, 22 October 2020. – India wants to open its space sector for private commercial players and has drafted a new policy to encourage and govern the Indian industry’s participation. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently released its “Spacecom Policy – 2020” and is now seeking for comments from …

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Microsoft partners with Starlink for its Azure Space cloud

Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – Microsoft partners with SpaceX’s Starlink to provide satellite connectivity to its cloud computing platform Azure Space, the company announced. “Our new partnership with SpaceX Starlink will provide high-speed, low-latency satellite broadband for the new Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC),” Tom Keane, Corporate Vice President Azure Global, …

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EOS Data Analytics to provide precision farming tool on Dragonfly

Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – The Californian satellite imagery provider EOS Data Analytics will launch two multispectral imagers with South-African Dragonfly Aerospace into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in 2022, the company announced. The payloads will be “particularly useful for the commercial agricultural industry,” the company said. “Multispectral images are critical for tracking …

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TriSept to launch cubesat demo for U.S. Army on Rocket Lab’s Electron

Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – The U.S. launch integrator TriSept signed with the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) to integrate a small cubesat demonstration on a Rocket Lab Electron next year. The SMDC will test the small satellite bus to foster “the development of new, game-changing capabilities for …

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Register Today For Our Space Cafe “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele” On 12 November 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative new format: Space Café “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele” on 12 November 2020 at 4:00 pm CET. Colonel (Ret`d) Ralph Thiele, Chairman of the Berlin based Political-Military Society, President of EuroDéfense-Germany, and Managing Director of StratByrd Consulting, Germany will discuss with his guests …

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ESA and GomSpace to continue HOOP sat platform

Luxembourg, 20 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) contracted GomSpace in Luxembourg to continue the development of its HOOP satellite operations platform, the company said. The contract has a value of 1.35 million Euros. The development of the Hands-Off Operations Platform (HOOP) to enable autonomous satellite operations for …

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Frontex selects Airbus and Heron for maritime surveillance

Luxembourg, 20 October 2020. – The European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex contracted Airbus and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to operate a long-endurance maritime aerial surveillance system for the Mediterranean Sea, Airbus announced. The service includes the provision of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) platform and all necessary …

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NASA supports Nokia to deploy cellular network on the Moon

Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – Nokia is to deploy the first cellular network on the Moon, the Finnish company said. The company was selected by NASA in its recently announced Tipping Point technology program to deploy the first LTE/4G communications system in space, helping pave the way towards sustainable human presence …

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New Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency takes up office

Berlin, 19 October 2020. – Rodrigo da Costa started as new Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the agency announced. Da Costa is a Portugese national who joined the GSA as Galileo Services Programme Manager in 2017. He worked in several senior positions in the space industry and the …

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