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Falcon Heavy Launch Lofts Arabsat-6A and Achieves Historic Triple Rocket Landing

SpaceX is celebrating this morning after its Falcon heavy rocket launched the Arabsat 6-A communications satellite and also achieved a triple rocket landing in the process. The Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat satellite yesterday at 6.35pm from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on its first commercial mission. The satellite was deployed …

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Scottish New Space: Alba Orbital Sells Seven PocketQube Satellites On Rocket Lab Launch Mission

Scottish New Space company Alba Orbital has announced that it has customers for its second Alba Cluster Mission slated for a third quarter 2019 launch on a Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle from New Zealand. The Alba Cluster 2 mission will launch seven PocketQube satellites from the AlbaPod satellite deployer …

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Space Robotics Market to Surpass $3.5bn by 2025

The space robotics market is predicted to hike from USD 2 billion in 2018 to around USD 3.5 billion by 2025, according to a 2019 Global Market Insights, Inc. report. The market is experiencing rapid technical development owing to the integration of AI technologies into systems developed for space exploration. Several companies are developing AI-based robots …

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Rocket Lab To Produce In-House Designed Photon Satellite Platform

U.S. small satellite launch company Rocket Lab has announced the next evolution of its mission services; the in-house designed and built Photon™ satellite platform. As the global leader in small satellite launch, Rocket Lab now delivers an integrated spacecraft build and launch service. The end-to-end mission solution enables small satellite …

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Amazon Looking To Bridge Digital Divide With Proposed Project Kuiper Satellite Broadband Mega-Constellation

Online retail and cloud computing giant Amazon is likely joining the satellite communications mega-constellation competition according to filings made at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on its behalf by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), GeekWire.com reports. The proposed mega-constellation is dubbed Project Kuiper and will, if it goes ahead, consist of …

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Arianespace Successfully Launches O3B Communication Satellites From French Guiana

With a successful Soyuz launch that completed the first phase of SES’ O3b constellation, Arianespace today reaffirmed is ability to support the growing global market for such in-orbit satellite systems. Lifting off mid-day from the Spaceport in French Guiana, the workhorse launch vehicle delivered the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th …

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Israeli Moon Lander Beresheet Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

The Beresheet lunar lander built and operated by Israeli not-for-profit company SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 22 February 2019, has successfully arrived in Lunar orbit. Known as ‘Lunar capture’, the elliptical orbit brings Beresheet within 500 kilometres of the Moon’s …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: India Destroys Its Own Satellite With A Test Missile, Still Says Space Is For Peace

By Bin Li On March 27, India announced it had successfully conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, called “Mission Shakti”. After the United States, Russia and China, India is now the fourth country in the world to have demonstrated this capability. The destroyed satellite was one of India’s own. But …

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Tunisia’s Telnet To Launch Challenge One Satellite With GK Launch Services

Tunisia’s Telnet Group and Russian commercial launch provider GK Launch Services signed a contract on 1 April 2019 for the launch of the Challenge One satellite on board a Russian Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle integrated with the Fregat upper stage in 2020. The signing ceremony was chaired by Mr. Mohamed Frikha, …

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Switzerland’s Astrocast Has Second IoT Test Nanosatellite Successfully Launched By ISRO

Swiss New Space company Astrocast had its second satellite launched and deployed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (Mission PSLV-C45) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 1 April 2019.  On this second mission Astrocast will focus on a set of propulsion technologies …

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