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HISPASAT and PLD Space Agree To Collaborate With Small Satellites And MIURA-5 Rocket

The Spanish companies HISPASAT and PLD Space announced that they signed an agreement on 3 March 2020 in Madrid with the intention of working together on defining the technical features and analysing compatibility to launch services on board the MIURA-5. Signing this agreement means the companies are committed to working …

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Swedish Space Corporation Signs Contract With Isar Aerospace

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and German space tech company Isar Aerospace have signed a long-term contract for testing of a new generation of European rocket engines for minilaunchers at Esrange Space Center in Sweden. The agreement includes a rocket stand for vertical tests, and the agreement can be extended to …

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France’s Minister Of Armed Forces Visits New French Space Command HQ

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall, General Philippe Lavigne, Air Force Chief of Staff, Thierry Angel, Deputy Head, Forces, of the French defence procurement agency DGA, and General Michel Friedling, Chief of Space Command, welcomed the Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly to the Toulouse Space Centre (CST) on 21 February …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In February 2020

By Raphael Roettgen The over US$220 million of announced space-related financing rounds in February 2020 handily beat the January number (US$170 million). Two satellite communication companies, American Astranis (with its $90 million in equity and venture debt) and French Kinéis, were responsible for US$200 million of the total amount. Just …

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The European Commission Finances A Disruptive Recovery Solution For Small Launch Vehicles

With the rise of the small satellite, industry launch vehicles need new solutions to offer  tailored and cost-effective access to space. The space industry took a big leap forward when SpaceX started recovering the first stage of its rockets, thus decreasing launch prices drastically. Currently, reusability is one of the …

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PLD Space Successfully Achieves A Full Rocket Engine Test For MIURA 1 Mission

In May 2019, Spanish company PLD Space suffered a catastrophic engine failure, which caused material damage, including the loss of the first flight version of the TEPREL-B liquid rocket engine, developed by PLD Space for MIURA 1 launch vehicle. Therefore, the company decided to pause the qualification process and analyse …

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AAC Clyde Space Selected To Deliver Batteries For Intuitive Machines’ Lunar Lander Mission

Image courtesy Intuitive Machines

AAC Clyde Space has been selected to supply batteries to the Nova-C lunar lander mission led by the U.S. company Intuitive Machines. The agreement, announced on 27 February 2020, broadens the scope of its original order from power systems to also include batteries that will enable Intuitive Machines to optimize …

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Scottish Highlands Spaceport Plans Protested By Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion, the British environmental pressure group that stages mass protests against climate change, has condemned plans to build the UK’s first vertical launch spaceport in Sutherland, located in the Scottish Highlands. The proposed satellite launch site will be located nearby a protected stretch of peatland at Melness, near Tongue, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: ISRO And Satellites Launches – Why The Economic Survey Is Misleading

By Kartik Bommakanti The Economic Survey -2020, which preceded the Budget 2020-21 released by Nirmala Sitharaman’ first full budget as finance minister rather bizarrely focused almost exclusively on the number of launches undertaken by major space faring states including India as a good indicator of the strength and the health …

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Soyuz Rocket Launches Russian Military Satellite After One-Month Delay

A Russian military communications satellite rode a Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage on 20 February 2020 into an orbit stretching nearly 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) above Earth, successfully launching after a one-month delay to replace a suspect third stage on the Soyuz booster. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off with …

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