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Spain’s SEOSAT/Ingenio Earth Observation Satellite Built By Airbus Ready For Pre-Launch Testing

Airbus built SEOSAT/Ingenio, the first Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency (ESA) and Spanish government has left Madrid and is ready for final testing. The spacecraft will now start a three month environmental test campaign which includes the Thermal Balance and Vacuum test, followed by Mechanical Vibration, Acoustic …

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Kleos Space Announces Luxembourg Government Support, Signing Of Pre-Orders

Kleos Space S.A., a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data provider headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has announced that the Luxembourg Space Agency has approved an additional €1,000,000 (AUS$1,631,900; U.S.$1,138,395) financial grant (non-equity) support for data product development. The company also announced a number of …

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Indian New Space: Bellatrix Aerospace Raises $3 Million In Series A Funding For Satellite Propulsion Technology Development

Bellatrix Aerospace, an SID (Indian Institute of Science) incubated company, has raised U.S.$3 million in a pre-Series A round led by IDFC-Parampara, StartupXseed, Karsemven Fund (KITVEN) and Survam Partners (Suman Kant Munjal family office). Other notable investors participating in the round include Deepika Padukone (through KA Enterprises LLP), GrowX Ventures, …

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Japan And France Strengthen Space Cooperation In Preparation For Macron Visit

President of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, was in Tokyo on 6 June 2019 to lay the groundwork for the space agenda of the State Visit of President Emmanuel Macron to Japan on 26 and 27 June. On this occasion and in the presence of Laurent …

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ESA Looks To Boost Commercial Space Launch Services At Space 19+

Europe is part of a new era in space transportation with new commercial initiatives offering services to space, in space, and back from space springing up within the privately led and funded space sector. ESA welcomes this development towards further European industrial growth and competitiveness. ESA, tasked with growing and supporting …

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Vector Names Former Blue Origin Director and Treasurer as New Chief Financial Officer

"As we look to our future and transition from a period of development into full operations, we needed someone to guide us through this exciting time," said Jim Cantrell, CEO and co-founder of Vector. "Stephanie's proven experience in finance, growth, and strategy for some of the world's largest aerospace companies makes her well-suited to help us achieve our aggressive business goals." Koster joins Vector from Blue Origin where she spent nearly seven years as Director and Treasurer of its domestic and international affiliates. While at Blue, she oversaw finance and business operations for the consolidated companies. Koster has also held senior leadership roles at The Boeing Company, where she was involved in programs pertaining to its global venture capital, corporate venturing & innovation programs, international M&A, corporate development and technology acquisition. "Over the past several years, I've witnessed Vector quickly join the ranks to make a name for itself among the leaders in the small satellite launch industry," said Koster. "As the company continues to forge ahead, I look forward to working alongside the team to meet its goals in the most thoughtful and efficient way possible." The appointment of Vector's new CFO follows its $70 million Series B funding, which is directly contributing to the expansion of its team. As the company dedicates focus toward its first orbital flight from the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska this year, and continues on its mission towards lowering the barriers of entry to space, Koster will be responsible for ensuring Vector's business operations are aligned with these goals.

Vector is welcoming Stephanie Koster to the company’s team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Koster brings more than 20 years of extensive experience in domestic and international strategy, finance, and operations across several Fortune 50 and high growth aerospace companies. As CFO, Koster will lead finance and business operations to …

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SES President and CEO Steve Collar to Chair World Space Week 2020

Steve Collar, SES President & CEO

SES and World Space Week Association have confirmed that SES President and CEO Steve Collar will be Honorary Chair of World Space Week 2020. “I’m excited to chair World Space Week, the biggest space event on Earth, as it focuses global attention on the broad benefits of satellite technology to …

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Relativity to Build Autonomous Rocket Factory and Expand Testing Facilities at NASA Stennis Space Center

Rendering of Relativity Space's factory in Stennis

Relativity has announced that it has secured an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and an incentive package from the Mississippi Development Authority to expand facilities and infrastructure at NASA’s historic Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. Through this agreement, Relativity will leverage valuable existing NASA …

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Equatorial Space Industries Secures Angel Funding

Equatorial Space Industries has secured Angel capital from individual investors earlier this year enabling the company to continue the development of its innovative, hybrid rocket systems. The investment round allows the previously all-volunteer organisation to move towards a full-time business operations, and to secure new premises in the Pioneer area …

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