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Rocket Lab prepares for its 16th and most diverse Electron mission

Paris, 3 November 2020. – Rocket Lab prepares to launch and deploy 30 small satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with its next, upcoming Electron mission, the Long-Beach/California-based space systems company announced. The mission will feature payloads from the United States, France and New Zealand and is scheduled to lift …

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Kacific prepares launch of its second broadband satellite

Paris, 3 November 2020. – Kacific Broadband Satellites Group is preparing its second satellite, Kacific2, the Singapore-based company said. Kacific2 will cover Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea and it will expand coverage into South East Asia and further into Central and Western Asia, the company said. “Like Kacific1, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews – Kai-Uwe Schrogl: “We must not overrate the Artemis Accords”

After the signature of eight countries to the Artemis Accords, the position of the European Space Agency ESA was discussed a lot.  SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer used the opportunity to talk with Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is Vice Chair of the European Coordination Committee for the ISS Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA-CC) …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 26 Oct – 1 Nov 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 China Aerospace News Roundup 26 Oct – 1 Nov 2020”. A small note on the timing …

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Virgin Orbit to take stake in Sky and Space Global and enter in co-marketing

Paris, 1 November 2020. – Virgin Orbit is to take a 14.7% stake in the ailing Sky and Space Global (SAS), SAS announced. SAS “is pleased to announce Virgin Orbit will acquire a stake in the Company and enter into new strategic launch services and mutual reseller agreements to support …

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Kleos to launch four scouting smallsats on Indian rocket

Paris, 1 November 2020. – Kleos Space is on track for launching four Scouting Mission satellites on an Indian vehicle, the Luxembourg-based Earth monitoring company announced. The mission team completed the preparation of the four smallsats for a launch on board a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on 7 November, …

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FCC transfers OneWeb’s U.S. licenses and market access

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the transfer of licenses and market access to the newly restructured OneWeb company. OneWeb – a United Kingdom-based company – emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year with the UK Government and the Indian conglomerate Bharti …

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ESA plans Ariane 6 maiden flight now for second quarter 2022

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA), the French space agency CNES and ArianeGroup are now planning Ariane 6’s maiden flight for the second quarter of 2022, ESA said. The new schedule is “based on analysis of recent achievements, remaining critical milestones and the impact on the …

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Rocket Lab’s Electron “second-most frequently flown U.S. vehicle”

Luxembourg, 29 October 2020. – Rocket Lab has completed its 15th Electron mission and its fifth for this year, making Electron the “second-most frequently flown U.S. launch vehicle in 2020”, the company said. The ‘In Focus’ mission launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula yesterday. …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap Dr. Malcolm Davis on Australia’s recent space developments

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst at Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Australia talked about the current strategic developments in Australia’s space ambitions. The addressed the following topics: how space policy has changed in recent years, moving away from dependency to sovereign space capability; burden sharing in orbit …

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