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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds in March 2020

By Raphael Roettgen US$158 million of announced space-related financing rounds in March 2020 bring the total for the first quarter of 2020 to approximately US$550 million. The March number is the lowest monthly number so far, but it is worth noting that it does not include SpaceX’s ongoing funding round, …

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Protected Globally: AEHF-6 Satellite Actively Communicating With U.S. Space Force

The first national security launch for the US Space Force and the final satellite to build out the protected communications constellation is now connected. The sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-6) satellite launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida at 4:18 pm EST on 26 March 2020. AEHF-6 successfully separated from …

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Launch Of Argentinian Satellite By SpaceX Postponed Due To Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

Elon Musk’s claim that the governmental and societal response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is an overreaction and “dumb” has caught up with him (again) as it was revealed that the 30 March 2020 scheduled launch of Argentina’s SAOCOM-1B remote sensing satellite by a SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicle …

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Rocket Lab Postpones Launch Of Its Next Mission In Response To COVID-19 Situation

Rocket Lab posted the following announcement on 25 March 2020: Rocket Lab has postponed the launch of its next mission in response to the COVID-19 situation. In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have paused launch preparations for our next mission to protect the health and safety of Rocket …

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China’s Long March 2C Rocket Launches Military Surveillance Satellites Into Orbit

China successfully launched three national security satellites on board a Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on 24 March 2020, according to Chinese news media sources. The Long March 2C launched the sixth group of three Yaogan-30 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) satellites from …

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Intelsat Selects SpaceX To Launch Intelsat 40e Satellite

Intelsat has selected SpaceX as its launch partner for Intelsat 40e (IS-40e). The launch is planned for 2022 on SpaceX’s American-built Falcon 9 launch vehicle. “We look forward to working with SpaceX to launch Intelsat 40e in 2022,” said Intelsat Chief Services Officer Mike DeMarco. “IS-40e will join the Intelsat Epic …

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Rocket Lab’s Electron Launch Vehicle Certified By NASA

NASA has certified Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle, providing confidence for NASA’s low cost scientific, educational and technology demonstration small satellites, the company announced on 17 March 2020. The certification milestone was achieved largely through the successful launch of the NASA ELaNa-19 mission which saw 13 NASA CubeSats delivered to …

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OneWeb In Trouble Despite Successful Launch Of Another 34 Satellites

British-headquartered satellite communicatons company OneWeb announced on 21 March 2020 that another 34 satellites were successfully launched on board a Soyuz satellite launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This successful launch – the second in six weeks – comes a day after a story appeared in Bloomberg suggesting …

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OneWeb Confirms Third Launch; Dedicates It To Late Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov

OneWeb, the global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone everywhere, confirmed its next launch will take place on Saturday, 21 March 2020 at 17:06 GMT from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The second launch for OneWeb in 2020, these additional 34 satellites will bring the …

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