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Vega-C Launch Vehicle In Qualification Phase Prior To Maiden Launch

The Vega-C launch system recently passed its Critical Design Review and is now ready to complete manufacturing and final testing as part of the qualification phase. This Critical Design Review is a major milestone. Independent experts from ESA, national institutions and industries confirmed the consistency and maturity of the entire …

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European Space Agency Backs Microlauncher Concepts In Bid To Boost Competitiveness

A flourishing small satellites market is driving demand for new ways to access space. Recent industry feasibility studies backed by ESA for new microlauncher services, are creating new business opportunities. ESA intends to strengthen European industry by fostering a globally competitive European space sector with increased industry participation in launcher …

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Japanese New Space: Axelspace’s GRUS-1B, 1C, And Fukui Prefectural Satellites To Be Launched From Russia In 2020

Following the launch of the GRUS-1A microsatellite on 27 December 2018, Axelspace Corporation, has announced the details of the launch of two more satellites of the same type, GRUS-1B and GRUS-1C. Moreover, Axelspace and Fukui Satellite Technology & Research Association (FSTRA), located in Fukui, Japan, and run by its President, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Feature: Southeast Asian Space Programmes – Capabilities, Challenges, And Collaborations

By Nandini Sarma In many parts of the world, space technology is being used to improve people’s lives. Apart from their uses for everyday services like weather forecasting, long-distance communications, and GPS systems, the manifold applications of space technology assist in many other ways. Space-borne platforms, for example, have demonstrated …

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French And Indian Space Agencies To Establish Maritime Surveillance Centre In India

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed an agreement on 6 March 2019 in Bengaluru to implement the short-term plan for the French-Indian programme to develop a maritime surveillance system. This signature follows on from …

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Italy’s D-Orbit Signs Agreement With Firefly To Acquire Launch Capacity

D-Orbit S.p.A., an Italian service provider of the New Space sector, signed a multi-year framework agreement with U.S.-based launch operator Firefly Aerospace Inc. on 4 March 2019 to purchase launch capacity of the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle. The agreement grants D-Orbit the status of a preferred launch aggregation partner for …

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Russian Commercial Interests Buy Majority Stake in OneWeb JV To Allow Russian Operations

Russian businesses have reportedly bought a majority share of the Russian Joint Venture of OneWeb’s satellite communications megaconstellation for its business operations in Russia. This means that OneWeb should now be able to gain access to Russian consumers, the president of a partner involved in the joint-venture said. Dmitry Bakanov, …

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Spain’s PLD Space Facility Opened By Minister And Former Astronaut Pedro Duque

The Spanish Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Mr. Pedro Duque, the first astronaut in the history of Spain, has unveiled the PLD Space Propulsion facilities located at Teruel Airport. During the event, the minister outlined that “PLD Space is the perfect example of a transfer between science and innovation”. …

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Arianespace Successfully Lofts First Six OneWeb Communication Satellites

Arianespace played a significant role in improving global connectivity with its 27 February 2019 Soyuz launch that deployed the initial six satellites in OneWeb’s constellation – which will provide affordable high-speed internet access for users around the world. The cluster of spacecraft – produced by the OneWeb Satellites joint venture …

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Indonesia’s Nusantara Satu Communications Satellite Successfully Launched By SpaceX

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a Maxar Technologies company, and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that the Nusantara Satu communications satellite, built for Indonesian satellite operator PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. It was launched on 21 February …

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