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Satellite Launch Business

OneWeb moves on with next launch and new funding

Paris, 20 December 2020. – OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) company, launched 36 satellites on Soyuz from the Russian Vostochny Cosmodrome last week, bringing the total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites, the company said. The batch of new satellites is part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite constellation that wants …

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VV17 failure due to “wrong routing and connection” of cables

Paris, 20 December 2020. – It’s confirmed: the loss of the European Vega VV17 mission in November is due to wrong cable connections on the upper stage. The Independent Enquiry Commission set up after the failure found that the mission went off course due “to the wrong routing and connection …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Asset-based financing needs a boost in Europe

by Dr. Peter Stubbe Public funding remains key for the space sector, in particular when it is about catalyzing the emerging new space sector. What is the German philosophy and which tools are you using? The space sector is undergoing a significant shift: “New Space” comes along a re-balancing of …

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HawkEye 360 will launch second satellite cluster next year

Luxembourg, 18 December 2020. – The space start-up HawkEye 360 shipped its second cluster of satellites to the launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellites are scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 no earlier than January 2021 as part of Spaceflight Inc.’s SXRS-3 ride share mission, the …

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Amazon launches low-cost customer terminal for Kuiper

Luxembourg, 18 December 2020. – Amazon developed a low-cost customer terminal for its satellite broadband constellation Kuiper. “Months after receiving approval from the Federal Communications Commission, Project Kuiper has hit another key milestone on its path to delivering fast, affordable broadband through a constellation of 3,236 low Earth orbit satellites,” …

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NASA contracts Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin for launches

Luxembourg, 17 December 2020. – The U.S. space agency NASA has awarded a NASA Launch Services (NLS) II contract to Blue Origin and its New Glenn rocket, the agency announced. “The New Glenn launch service will be available to NASA’s Launch Services Program to use for future missions in accordance …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Martin Coleman on a review of 2020 Space Debris discussions

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Martin Coleman, Member of the Advisory Board at Satcoms Innovation Group, United Kingdom talked about 2020 vision on Space Debris. Martin Colman talked about the importance of data sharing in the Space Situational Awareness context. He addressed the Space Debris issue from the data site and will share …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Grant Bonin of Spaceflight Inc. – “Our ambitions are clearly beyond LEO”

Seattle-based Spaceflight Inc. is a pioneer in rideshare services and offers a suite of products and services including payload integration, launch and in-orbit transfer. Spaceflight serves commercial and non-profit organizations as well as institutions and government entities to achieve their mission goals. Spacewatch.Global Editor-in-Chief had the chance to talk with …

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Russia launches second Angara-A5 heavy rocket test

Paris, 15 December 2020. – Russia’s Aerospace Force conducted a second test launch of the Angara-A5 heavy carrier rocket, the Russian news agency Tass reported. The heavy rocket was launched with a dummy payload from the Plesetsk space center the Arkhangelsk Region in northwestern Russia on Monday, the press service …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 6 Dec – 13 Dec 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 7 Dec – 13 Dec 2020”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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