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Satellite Launch Business

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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#SpaceWatchGL On The Road: Satellite 2020—A Fitting Start To The Decade 

By Blaine Curcio Let’s face it—the 2020s have thus far been weird. Small sample size, various black swan events, cell phones are driving us crazy, these are all true, but it still feels like 2020 is just a little bit weirder than normal, and perhaps more importantly, some of the …

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Rocket Lab to Acquire Satellite Hardware Manufacturer Sinclair Interplanetary

Space systems comapny Rocket Lab, announced on 16 March 2020 that it has reached an agreement to acquire Sinclair Interplanetary, a provider of high-quality, flight-proven satellite hardware. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed. The acquisition strengthens the satellite division of Rocket Lab, which produces the Photon spacecraft …

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Exolaunch To Deliver UAE Space Agency’s Small Satellite Into Orbit On Soyuz-2

Berlin-based Exolaunch, a leading launch services and deployment system provider for small satellites, announced on 17 March 2020 that the launch of a 3U cubesat, MeznSat, for the UAE Space Agency will be performed aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket. The purpose of the satellite is to study and monitor the greenhouse …

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Guiana Space Center Suspends Launch Campaigns Due To COVID-19

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to fully implement the measures decided by the French government, launch campaigns underway at the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana have been suspended, according to a statement posted by Arianaespace on 16 March 2020. These launch preparations will resume as …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Camden Large Solid Rocket Motor Development Facility Nears Completion

Aerojet Rocketdyne has installed a steel casting bell to support production of large solid rocket motors, marking an important milestone for completion of its Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) facility in Camden, Arkansas, US, the company announced on 12 March 2020. The vacuum chamber casting bell was relocated from Aerojet …

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ESA And The European Commission Preorder Four More Ariane 6 Launches

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that it has finalized its preorder for four more launches on Ariane 6, along with an initial payment. Using Ariane 62, the light version of the new European launcher, these missions will be carried out on behalf of the European Commission to continue the …

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Spaceflight Readies 28 Payloads For Inaugural Rideshare Launch On Arianespace’s Vega

Spaceflight Inc. announced on 9 March 2020 that it is providing mission management and rideshare integration services for four organizations on Arianespace’s first dedicated rideshare mission on its Vega launch vehicle. The proof of concept rideshare mission, VV16, will launch 53 microsatellites, nanosatellites and cubesats, including 28 payloads from Spaceflight …

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