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SpaceX to Launch PredaSAR’s First Satellite

PredaSAR announced that the first of 48 advanced commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites will launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems is the launch integration provider, in addition to manufacturer of the spacecraft. As part of the agreement, PredaSAR, Tyvak, and SpaceX will be working together …

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Spaceflight Inc. and Benchmark Space Systems Sign Exclusive Deal

Benchmark Space Systems, a leading provider of green in-space propulsion systems for small satellites, announced an exclusive services agreement with rideshare leader Spaceflight Inc. to provide a full range of non-toxic chemical propulsion solutions designed to accelerate satellite rideshare deployments to prime orbital locations aboard its next-generation Sherpa orbital transfer …

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Southern Launch and HOSTmi sign agreement for launch/payload-matching website

An online B2B platform to facilitate matching payloads with available launch capacity has been developed by German IT company HOSTmi. The platform will enable the hosting of payloads across a diverse range of space platforms globally, including orbital, sub-orbital, and deep-space campaigns. Southern Launch, as a provider of launch services …

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Russian communications satellites achieve designated orbit

The Briz-M booster has put Russian communications satellites Express-80 and Express-103 on the designated orbit at an altitude of 54,900 kilometers, the press service of Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos said on Friday, 31 July 2020. “The spacecraft separated from the booster unit. The satellites have been put on the …

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Swarm taps Exolaunch to put 24 SpaceBEE satellites into orbit on Falcon 9

Exolaunch, a Berlin-based rideshare launch-and-deployment solutions provider, signed a launch agreement with Swarm Technologies, a Mountain View-based satellite company providing low-cost global connectivity for IoT devices, to launch 24 satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission. Under the contract, Exolaunch will provide launch, integration and deployment services to the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective: SpaceWars: “Those aren’t the droids you’re looking for”

by Dr. Moriba Jah and John Holden The only way to achieve transparency between actors in space is through the development of a civil-space situational awareness (SSA) and space-traffic management (STM) entity that can monitor, assess, and make evidence widely accessible to all. The first Space Security Exchange (SSE) bi-lateral meeting …

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Rocket Lab to resume Electron launches in August

Rocket Lab has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to resume launches this month, after identifying an anomalous electrical connection as the cause of an in-flight failure on July 4, 2020. With corrective measures underway, the next Electron launch has been scheduled for August from Launch Complex 1. …

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UK spaceflight program launches public consultation effort

The first ever launch into space from British soil is one step closer, as Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced a public consultation on the regulations for the UK’s spaceflight program. The regulations to support Space Industry Act 2018 will enable a range of commercial spaceflight and associated activities to take place …

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T-Minus Engineering’s DART Rocket to fly Southern Launch’s DEWC Payload

Acting as launch service provider for DEWC Systems, Southern Launch selected the T-Minus Engineering DART rocket to launch DEWC’s prototype payload on a parabolic trajectory into space, at the Koonibba Rocket Test Range later this year. “This exciting launch was triggered by a simple chat in early 2019 about the possibility …

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NeutronStar Systems and Krisol intend to disrupt space propulsion industry

NeutronStar Systems and Krisol signed a cooperation agreement to foster innovative space technology development to address the future of space operations. At a time when the European funding powers appear to be attempting to curb investment in emerging high-power space technologies, this accord comes as a breath of fresh air. …

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