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Vega’s SSMS rideshare mission rescheduled

Final preparations are underway for Arianespace’s historic Vega rideshare flight with Europe’s Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) dispenser system – which has been rescheduled within a launch window from September 1 to September 4 following multiple weather-related postponements. SSMS provides a new dedicated European rideshare solution with Vega that is …

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Glavkosmos to promote ISS-Reshetnev space systems abroad

Glavkosmos JSC and JSC Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (ISS-Reshetnev Company) signed a Memorandum on joint participation in the implementation of the Comprehensive Scientific and Technical Program of the Full Innovation Cycle “Global information satellite systems” (GISS Program) on the sidelines of the International military-technical forum Army-2020. Dmitry Loskutov, …

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Report aims to mitigate effects of satellite constellations on astronomy

A report from the Satellite Constellations 1 (SATCON1) workshop, organized jointly by NSF’s NOIRLab and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), has been delivered to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Held virtually from 29 June to 2 July 2020, SATCON1 focused on technical aspects of the impact of existing and planned …

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Dragonfly Aerospace Emerges from SCS Aerospace Group

Dragonfly Aerospace picks up the flag in latest chapter in the proud history of South African space engineering and space missions. This history starts with the national space program of the 1980’s and plots a path through 7 satellites and another 6 payloads built and launched with local and international …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Business as Usual in the Middle Kingdom

by Blaine Curcio As we near the 2/3 point for the year 2020, it is starting to feel like a “lost year” for some. With many people working from home for the majority of the year, with borders largely closed, and with governments in turmoil, many are starting to ask …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Thomas Jarzombek on European Space Development

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Thomas Jarzombek, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy talked about about Germany’s role in the European and global space sector. Thomas Jarzombek highlighted the national contribution to space security in a European context, such as EU SST. Also, he discussed ideas on larger questions related …

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Sea Launch to be restored at cost of about $470 million

The floating spaceport Sea Launch, currently based at Russia’s Slavyanka port in the Primorye Territory, will be restored. This will require about 35 billion rubles (roughly $470 million), Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told the media on the sidelines of the Army-2020 forum on Monday. “Certainly, the Sea Launch will …

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Inmarsat joins CPN and MinFarm to address low-power satellite networks

Inmarsat, a leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has teamed up with CPN Satellite Services and MinFarm Tech to launch the MF 400 IoT Satellite Bridge, incorporating Inmarsat’s IsatData Pro (IDP) service. The solution enables data from IoT sensors operating on LoRaWAN networks to be optimized for transmission over Inmarsat’s …

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Moon to Mars: opportunities for Australian businesses

The Australian Space Agency is partnering with NASA on its inspiring plan to go back to the Moon and on to Mars. As part of this, the Australian Government is investing $150 million to fuel the growth of Australian businesses so they can succeed in national and international space supply chains, …

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