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Airbus Wins Angola Contract for Earth Observation satellite

Airbus Defense and Space has announced an agreement for Angeo-1, the first very high-performance Angolan Earth observation satellite, which it will develop in France. Furthermore, the agreement will strengthen the collaboration between the two countries. As part of the partnership, Airbus will offer a comprehensive training program for Angolan engineers to build domestic competencies through targeted knowledge transfer.

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Independent Enquiry Commission Concludes Vega-C VV22 Failure

The Arianespace and ESA-set up independent inquiry commission has disclosed its conclusions on the reasons for the loss of the Vega-C VV22 mission after its launch in French Guiana on Tuesday, 20 December 2022. According to the Commission, after the nominal functioning of the Vega-C first stage P120C and nominal ignition of the second stage (Zefiro 40), a progressive decrease in the chamber pressure 151 seconds after lift-off led to the loss of the mission.

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Spaceflight Inc. Readies BlackSky Satellites for Launch

Spaceflight Inc. has announced it will launch two BlackSky satellites aboard Rocket Lab’s next mission called “The Beat Goes On,” from Mahia, New Zealand. U.S.-based satellite maker LeoStella manufactured the satellites, which are now in New Zealand for the final stage of integration, with co-engineering from with BlackSky. The two spacecraft onboard the mission will be the 15th and 16th satellites in BlackSky’s growing constellation.

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CesiumAstro Wins SDA Award to Advance AESA Development

Shey SabripourCesiumAstro has announced that it won a contract through the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Space Development Agency (SDA) to advance the company’s multi-beam L-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) antenna. Building upon prior efforts, CesiumAstro will continue developing the Link 16–compatible AESA ahead of the agency’s migration to the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) global satellite network, the LEO-based satellite constellation built to enable key DoD space capabilities.

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Register Today for our Space Café ,,33 minutes with Maya Glickman-Pariente” on 14 March 2023

This Space Café WebTalk will feature Maya Glickman-Pariente - CEO, SPACECIALIST, Head of Space Operations, SAS Founder of “My space academy” - in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global. "The next generation of space operation - do we really need humans in the loop?" As we dive deeper (or fly higher) into the era of satellite constellations, with dozens, and sometimes thousands of satellites operated simultaneously by privately owned companies, we see a wind of change in the SatOps business. This change is inevitable.

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Pixxel Unveils First Images from its First Light Campaign

Pixxel, India’s space data startup, has unveiled the first-ever set of images from its hyperspectral pathfinder satellites as part of its ‘First Light’ Campaign. The images capture intricate details of the land and water features of regions such as Krishna River Delta (India), Palm Islands (Dubai), Super pit (Australia), Saloum River Delta (Senegal), Granny Smith Gold mine (Australia) and Brockman (Australia).

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SSSIF Ends as Europe and US Strengthen Space Partnership

The Small Satellites & Services International Forum (SSSIF) congress concluded yesterday in Malaga, Spain, after three days in which experts from the space sector gathered to discuss and reflect on the innovation of the international space sector, the present challenges and the future needs of small satellites. 

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