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Exotrail Secures Contract With AAC Clyde Space To Equip Their Customers’ Spacecrafts

Exotrail, a French company dedicated to providing innovative on-orbit transportation solutions for the small satellite market, announced on 19 February 2020 that they have signed a contract with AAC Clyde Space, Europe’s leading nanosatellite solutions specialist. Exotrail will equip them with cutting-edge propulsion solutions for their customers, including global satellite …

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Japanese Space Startup Space BD To launch Curtin University CubeSats Into Orbit

Curtin University and Tokyo-based start-up company Space BD Inc. will together launch two CubeSat satellites into orbit from the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo on the International Space Station (ISS). Space BD Inc. is the official service provider selected by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency  (JAXA) in the area of ISS utilisation …

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SpaceX Makes Fifth Starlink Launch, But Loses Reusable Falcon 9 Booster

On Monday, 17 February 2020, at 10:05 am EST, or 15:05 UTC, SpaceX launched its fifth Starlink mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Starlink satellites deployed in an elliptical orbit approximately 15 minutes after liftoff. Prior to orbit raise, SpaceX engineers …

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Astrocast And Spaceflight Ink New Launch Contract

Swiss space startup Astrocast announced the signing of a new contract with Spaceflight for the launch of 10 additional Internet of Things (IoT) nanosatellites. This new contract, announced 6 February 2020, will be Astrocast’s sixth launch booked with Spaceflight. Both its test and fully functional satellites were also launched with …

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Australia’s Queensland Pledges $8 Million To Promote Space Industry Sector

The Queensland government of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has released the Queensland Space Industry Strategy 2020-2025, the Australian state’s plan to create even more jobs in more industries for Queenslanders. Queensland’s Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the AUS$8 million (US$5.38 million) investment will accelerate Queensland’s space industry into a new …

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Rocket Lab Selected By NASA To Launch Pathfinder Mission To The Moon

Rocket Lab has been selected by NASA as the launch provider for a small satellite mission to the same lunar orbit targeted for Gateway – an orbiting outpost astronauts will visit before descending to the surface of the Moon in a landing system as part of NASA’s Artemis program. The …

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Virgin Galactic Captive Carry Test Flight Marks Relocation Of Spaceflight Operations To Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic successfully completed another vital step on its path to commercial service, relocating SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, to its commercial headquarters at Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space building. VSS Unity, attached to the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, made the journey from Mojave, California, where the company’s manufacturing facilities are based. The vehicle …

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Australian Rocket Company Gilmour Space Awarded $3M Grant For Composite Tank Development

A leading Australian rocket startup, Gilmour Space Technologies, has been awarded an AUS$3 million (US$2.01 million) federal research grant to work with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and partners including Treakle Composites on a project to design, develop, and manufacture lightweight, flight ready rocket fuel tanks called cryotanks. It …

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Spaceflight Industries To Sell Its Satellite Rideshare Launch Business To Japan’s Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Yamasa Co.

Spaceflight Industries, Inc. announced on 11 February 2020 that it has signed a definitive share purchase agreement with Japan’s Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in partnership with Yamasa Co., Ltd. to sell its satellite rideshare launch business, Spaceflight, Inc. Mitsui & Co.’s planned acquisition of the launch service provider is a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Matthias Wachter Of The Federation Of German Industries (BDI)

Germany is taking huge steps to foster a national New Space industry. The Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI – Federation of German Industries) and its Head of Security and Raw Materials, Matthias Wachter, are at the forefront of that process. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening talked with Matthias Wachter about Germany’s role …

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