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Rocket Lab Closes Acquisition Of Satellite Hardware Manufacturer Sinclair Interplanetary

Rocket Lab, a leading space systems company, announced on 30 April 2020 that it has closed the transaction to acquire Sinclair Interplanetary, a leading provider of high-quality, flight-proven satellite hardware. Rocket Lab announced the execution of the agreement to acquire Sinclair Interplanetary on March 16, 2020 pending customary closing conditions …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Iran’s Satellite Launch Carries More Political Weight Than Military Significance

By Sina Azodi The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) successful launch of the Noor (Light) satellite into space is a significant moment at a time when many countries, including Iran, are still grappling with the deadly COVID-19 virus. It marks a military advancement, an audacious move in the diplomatic poker …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In April 2020

By Raphael Roettgen US$68 million of announced space-related financing rounds in April 2020 is by far the lowest number this year and indeed in a while – presumably, COVID has started to show its impact. This can also be seen in at least two further, high profile bankruptcy filings in …

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Arianespace To Resume Its Launch Campaigns At The Guiana Space Center

Following the measures presented by the French government on 28 April 2020 as part of the gradual resumption of activity planned from 11 May, and the announcement of a restart of operational activities at the Guiana Space Center, Arianespace confirms its following launch objectives: Flight VV16/SSMS – The first “rideshare” …

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Thales Alenia Space to Develop In Spain The TDRS Transmitter For VEGA Launchers

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced on 27 April 2020 the signing of a contract with AVIO S.p.A., industrial prime contractor of the VEGA launch vehicle, in the frame of LEAP program of the European Space Agency (ESA), concerning the initial phases of …

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Singapore’s Equatorial Space Reveals ‘Dorado’ Sounding Rocket Launch Services

The Dorado, named after the swordfish constellation, will be Equatorial Space’s second rocket after the Low Altitude Demonstrator, pending launch due to the COVID-19 work and travel restrictions. The Dorado rocket will be the very first commercial sounding rocket capable of exceeding the Karman Line, the conventional boundary of space, …

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Iran Unveils Military Space Command, New Details on Satellite Launch

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has unveiled the existence of its own Space Command following the successful launch of the Noor-1 Earth observation satellite on 22 April 2020 (reported by SpaceWatch.Global here). After the launch of Noor-1 IRGC commanders appeared in Iranian media extolling their achievements and speaking about …

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Firefly Aerospace And Spaceflight Sign Launch Services Agreement

Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, and Spaceflight Inc., the leading launch services and mission management provider, announced on 22 April 2020 that they have signed a Launch Services Agreement (LSA). The agreement confirms that Spaceflight will secure the majority …

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SpaceX Successfully Launches Seventh Batch Of Starlink Satellites

SpaceX launched its seventh batch of 60 Starlink communications satellites on board one of its Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicles on 22 April 2020. The launch took place at 3:30pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, United States. The launch vehicle successfully released …

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