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Rocket Factory Augsburg selects Norwegian Andøya for maiden flight

Berlin, 28 September 2020. – Rocket Factory Augsburg selected the Norwegian Andøya Space for its maiden launch in 2022, the German start-up announced today. Andøya Space is developing a new launch complex on Andøya island in Northern Norway, 35 kilometers south of their existing sub-orbital launch site. The new site …

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Exolaunch to support launch of four Spire Global cubesats on Soyuz

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, will arrange the launch and provide technical mission management for four Spire Global cubesats aboard the upcoming Wanderlust mission, Berlin-based Exolaunch said. Spire Global, based in San Franciso, runs the world’s largest commercial constellation of nanosatellites making …

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Oneweb to resume Arianespace launches in December 2020

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – OneWeb intends to resume its satellite launches on Soyuz in December 2020 and has amended its existing launch contracts with Arianespace, the London-based operator said today. The new plan removes two Soyuz launches and the inaugural Ariane-6 flight. “Launches for OneWeb are scheduled to resume …

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Australian Southern Launch puts two DART rockets with sensor payload into polar suborbit

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – The Australian small satellite launcher Southern Launch has completed two polar suborbital launches in a row on a DART rocket, the company said on 19 September. “At 10:09:47 am on 19 September 2020, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test …

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ESA selects Airbus for Copernicus polar ice observation in € 300 million contract award

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus to develop and build the Copernicus polar ice and snow topography mission (CRISTAL), Airbus announced today in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The contract is worth € 300 million. “With two satellites the CRISTAL mission will ensure the long-term continuation of …

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Intelsat completes C-band program in the U.S. with order of seventh C-band satellite from Maxar

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – Satellite and network operator Intelsat has completed its C-band satellite program and ordered its seventh C-band satellite from U.S.-based manufacturer Maxar Technologies, the company announced in McLean, Virginia, on 17 September. In June, Intelsat had announced manufacturing contracts with Maxar Technologies and Northrop Grumman for …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Please, not another boring space launch!

by Anastasia Medvedeva, Charlie Bilsland, Raphael Roettgen On the day of the Crew Dragon launch, I asked a few friends if they would be watching it, as I was hosting a launch party.  As someone who is invested in the success of the space sector, I was surprised by their …

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Exolaunch delivers Würzburg Center for Telematics’ NetSat constellation into orbit

Berlin, September 15th, 2020. – The Würzburg Center for Telematics, an independent research center in Germany, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, signed a launch agreement for the NetSat nano-satellite constellation, Exolaunch and its partner announced on Tuesday. Exolaunch will coordinate all launcher related activities, including satellite …

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Avio resisted COVID crisis with continued operations and earnings increase

Rome, 14 September 2020. – The Italian aerospace company Avio resisted the COVID-19 lockdown and crisis by maintaining its operational continuity and with the successful return to flight of the Vega VV16 small satellite mission in early September, the company said in its half year results announcement on 14 September. …

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Astra’s Rocket 3.1 launch from Alaska shut down shortly after lift-off

Alameda, California/ Kodiak, Alaska, 12 September 2020. – Californian-based Astra’s first orbital launch attempt was successful at lift-off but had to be shut down shortly after, the company said on Saturday. “At 8:19pm PT, Rocket 3.1 left the Alaskan coast at Astra’s Kodiak launch site,” the company said in a …

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