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UrtheCast Announces the Signing of a Contract for a SAR-XL Satellite for the OptiSAR™ Constellation

UrtheCast Corp. announced on August 14, 2017, that it has entered into a contract with a confidential customer for the development and delivery of a dual-frequency stand-alone Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operational-class satellite as an “accelerator” for the OptiSARTM Constellation.  The exact amount of the contract is not being disclosed …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Small Satellites – Boundless Technological Opportunity or Looming Disaster for the Space Environment?

The small satellite is enjoying what has been a re-birth over the past five years and this is culminating in a plethora of new constellations and technological developments that could literally see the satellite industry move onto a new trajectory. Helen Jameson, SpaceWatch Middle East Senior Contributing Editor, takes a …

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SSTL and In-Space Announce “Faraday”, an Ultra-Low Cost Ride to Low Earth Orbit Opportunity

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and In-Space Missions Limited (In-Space) have today revealed an opportunity for an ultra-low cost ride to Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The in-orbit demonstration Faraday missions, named in honour of Michael Faraday, one of Britain’s greatest experimentalists and scientific communicators, will offer ultra-low cost prices for …

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Israeli-Made OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Satellites Successfully Launched By Arianespace

For the second time this year – and the 10th overall since entering service in 2012 – Vega has successfully launched a payload from the Spaceport, with this lightweight vehicle’s latest mission delivering the OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Earth observation satellites to Sun-synchronous orbits. Lifting off from the Spaceport’s SLV launch …

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Israel’s IAI-Built OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Payloads Received By Arianespace for Vega August 1 Launch

Build-up of the lightweight Vega for Arianespace’s upcoming mission to orbit twin Earth observation satellites is complete in French Guiana, with the OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs spacecraft now integrated with their launch vehicle. During activity on the Spaceport’s space launch vehicle (SLV) launch site, the two passengers – which are integrated …

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Iran Launches Simorgh: Act of Defiance to the U.S. or Legitimate SLV Test?

Iran launched its Simorgh space launch vehicle (SLV) into space on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from the Imam Khomeini Space Centre. The Simorgh SLV (Farsi for ‘Phoenix’) was not thought to have carried a payload. The U.S. Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Centre (JSpOC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Orbital Bookings – How Satellite Operators Should Prepare For The Coming Launch Revolution

The satellite launch industry is making great strides and advancements, but as a market sector is riddled with inefficiencies that are a drag for both the launch industry and for satellite manufacturers. Enter Andrey Maksimov, based in the UAE, and Andrei Rebrov, based in New York, who have created the company Precious …

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Israel and India Sign Space Cooperation Agreements During PM Modi’s Visit

Israel and India have signed major space cooperation agreements during an official visit July 4-6, 2017, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel. The two countries already have a cooperative agreement on space launches, with several Israeli satellites launched on Indian space launch vehicles in recent years. The agreements …

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HellasSat-3-IS Satellite Successfully Launched By Arianespace

HellasSat (a member of the Arabsat Group) has announced the successful launch of the HellasSat (HS)-3-IS satellite aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, in the presence of H.E. the Minister of Digital Policy, Communications, and Media of Greece, Mr. Nikos Pappas, and …

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Johann-Dietrich Woerner: Cooperation And Competition In Space Is Both An Opportunity And A Necessity

European Space Agency (ESA) Director-General Johann-Dietrich Woerner reflects on international space cooperation and competition in these unsettling times. As I reflected on the successful launch of Hispasat 36W-1 on the new SmallGEO geostationary platform on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, and the current global political backdrop, it got …

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