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KSAT Builds The World’s First Commercial Optical Ground Station

At present, there exists a global gridlock in the optical downlink domain due to both a lack of industrialized ground stations made available for regular service, and an insufficient number of spacecrafts using optical downlinks. To unlock this situation, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) and industry partner ASTELCO Systems have initiated …

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COMSAT Inks Deal With ABS To Enhance C- And KU-Band U.S. Connectivity Solutions On ABS-3A

COMSAT Inc., the global satellite connectivity solutions provider, has ratified an agreement with ABS, a Bermuda-based global satellite operator, to enhance and strengthen the COMSAT global network. The addition of the ABS-3A satellite to the COMSAT Southbury, Connecticut, teleport services bolsters its reach throughout the Americas, Europe, North Africa and …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In April 2020

By Raphael Roettgen US$68 million of announced space-related financing rounds in April 2020 is by far the lowest number this year and indeed in a while – presumably, COVID has started to show its impact. This can also be seen in at least two further, high profile bankruptcy filings in …

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Yahsat Collaborates With UAE Ministry of Education To Support Remote Learning Initiatives

The UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) announced on 29 April 2020 that it is collaborating with Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) to extend the reach of its Remote Schooling initiative for students seeking to access e-learning platforms during the current COVID-19 situation. As part of the collaboration, Yahsat will …

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Thales Alenia Space to Develop In Spain The TDRS Transmitter For VEGA Launchers

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced on 27 April 2020 the signing of a contract with AVIO S.p.A., industrial prime contractor of the VEGA launch vehicle, in the frame of LEAP program of the European Space Agency (ESA), concerning the initial phases of …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Could The OneWeb Insolvency Have Ended Differently?

By Hamza Hameed Is it time for a shift in norms: does the recent pandemic finally push the space sector into using asset-based financing? Could the OneWeb insolvency have ended differently? In an industry sometimes regarded as a playground for billionaires, the number of new entrants has been growing at …

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Lockheed Martin’s New Contract With DARPA Can Disrupt The Future Of Space

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Lockheed Martin a us$5.8 million contract for the first phase of satellite integration on the Blackjack program. Lockheed Martin will define and manage interfaces between Blackjack’s bus, payload and Pit Boss – its autonomous, space-based command and data processor. Additional scope …

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Geely’s First Two Satellites Near Completion With Development Of Satellite-Based AI Cloud

On the 50th anniversary of China’s first satellite launch, Geely Technology Group subsidiary, Geespace announced on 24 April 2020 that its first two satellites will undergo final validation testing in June before being shipped to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center for launch into low-orbit. Along with the launch of its first …

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Iran Unveils Military Space Command, New Details on Satellite Launch

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has unveiled the existence of its own Space Command following the successful launch of the Noor-1 Earth observation satellite on 22 April 2020 (reported by SpaceWatch.Global here). After the launch of Noor-1 IRGC commanders appeared in Iranian media extolling their achievements and speaking about …

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CYSEC SA Wins ESA Contract To Protect Ship Tracking Communications From Cyber Threats

CYSEC SA, a cybersecurity company from Switzerland has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a solution mitigating the cyber risks related to ship tracking using satellite communications. The digital revolution also impacts the shipping industry by integrating automated navigation, cargo-tracking systems and digital platforms …

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