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S5 Blue Canyon

WASHINGTON — Blue Canyon Technologies is producing four satellite buses for the Blackjack program under a $14.1 million contract awarded last month by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The contract has options for DARPA to buy up to 20 satellites for $99.4 million.

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New ideas

The four winners of ESA’s Startup competition are using space to solve problems on Earth. Each startup company presented their business proposals to delegates online at ESA’s Industrial Policy Committee meeting on 29 June.

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Copernicus Sentinels

Following the financial commitment from ESA Member States at last November’s Council at Ministerial Level Space19+, ESA’s industrial policy committee has approved contracts totalling €2.55 billion to forward the development of six new Copernicus satellite missions, each mission comprising two satellites, a development and a recurrent unit. 

Thursday, 02 July 2020 13:15

Week in images: 29 June - 3 July 2020

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Week in images: 29 June - 3 July 2020

Discover our week through the lens

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OneWeb Satellite

WASHINGTON — The British government and Indian mobile network operator Bharti Global placed the winning bid to acquire OneWeb, a broadband megaconstellation startup that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March after running out of funding, OneWeb said July 3.

Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:03

Earth from Space: Ari Atoll, Maldives

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Video: 00:03:39

In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, we explore the Maldives with Copernicus Sentinel-2.

See also Ari Atoll, Maldives to download the image.

Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:00

Ari Atoll, Maldives

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The Maldives are featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission. Image: The Maldives are featured in this image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.
Thursday, 02 July 2020 07:50

Vega Flight VV16 postponed until August

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Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Jul 02, 2020
Due to the persistence of exceptionally unfavorable winds at altitude over the Guiana Space Center, Vega Flight VV16 - originally scheduled for June 18, 2020 - was repeatedly postponed, despite full availability the launcher and the 53 satellites on this Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) mission. With no improvement in the weather situation expected during the short term, Arianespace

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Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 02, 2020
Airbus Defence and Space has won a contract for a fully reconfigurable telecomunications satellite from Australia's second largest telecommunications company and leading satellite operator Optus. The satellite will be based on Airbus' new standard OneSat product line and is Airbus' first contract from the Australian operator. Airbus will deliver an end-to-end solution, including design and

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Denver CO (SPX) Jul 01, 2020
After a successful launch this afternoon, the third Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite is now headed to orbit under its own propulsion. The satellite has separated from its rocket and is using onboard power to climb to its operational orbit, approximately 12,550 miles above the Earth. GPS III Space Vehicle 03 (GPS III SV03) is responding to commands from U.S. Space Force and Lockheed

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Manassas VA (SPX) Jul 02, 2020
BAE Systems has delivered its first shipment of next-generation radiation-hardened software defined radios (SDR) enabled by its RAD5545 computer to Lockheed Martin Space. The radios provide spacecraft with the performance, availability, reliability and on-board signals processing capacity needed to support future space missions - from planetary exploration to communications, national security, s

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Arlington VA (AFNS) Jul 01, 2020
The Department of the Air Force and the United States Space Force have finalized the new service's organizational structure for echelons below the headquarters, reflecting the newest branch of the armed forces' guiding principles of being a lean, agile and mission-focused organization. The USSF field organization will consist of three echelons of command, where the Air Force currently is o

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Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 02, 2020
What started out as a hunt for ice lurking in polar lunar craters turned into an unexpected finding that could help clear some muddy history about the Moon's formation. Team members of the Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) instrument on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft found new evidence that the Moon's subsurface might be richer in metals, like iron and titanium, tha

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Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Jul 02, 2020
Compared with our own planet Earth, Mars might seem like a "dead" planet, but even there, the wind blows and the ground moves. On Earth, we study the ambient seismic noise rippling mainly due to ocean activity to peek underground at the structure of the Earth's interior. Can we do the same on Mars without ocean? According to a new study by researchers at Kyushu University's International I

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Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 02, 2020
The surviving core of a gas giant has been discovered orbiting a distant star by University of Warwick astronomers, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the interior of a planet. The core, which is the same size as Neptune in our own solar system, is believed to be a gas giant that was either stripped of its gaseous atmosphere or that failed to form one in its early life. The team

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Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 02, 2020
The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is the largest telescope with the highest sensitivity in the world. Extragalactic neutral hydrogen detection is one of important scientific goals of FAST. Recently, an international research team led by Dr. CHENG Cheng from Chinese Academy of Sciences South America Center for Astronomy (CASSACA) observed four extragalactic ga

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Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Jul 02, 2020
With a specialised telescope in Namibia a DESY-led team of researchers has proven a certain type of binary star as a new kind of source for very high-energy cosmic gamma-radiation. Eta Carinae is located 7500 lightyears away in the constellation Carina (the ship's keel) in the Southern Sky and, based on the data collected, emits gamma rays with energies all the way up to 400 gigaelectronvolts (G

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Washington DC (UPI) Jun 30, 2020
The Space Force will be comprised of three field commands, with many of the Air Force's existing space acquisition organizations being moved into a newly created Space Systems Command, the service announced on Tuesday. USSF officials said the field organization would "consolidate and align all organize, train and equip mission execution" from space-related units formerly run by the Air

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Washington (AFP) June 30, 2020
The United States' new Space Force military wing revealed Tuesday that one of its units would be named "Space Operations Command" - or "SpOC" for short, in an echo of pointy-eared "Star Trek" character Spock. An earnest statement from Space Force unveiled its organizational structure, but made no reference to SpOC's fictional predecessor who was the unflappable science officer on the Starsh

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Austin TX (SPX) Jul 01, 2020
Hypergiant Industries announces the debut of the prototype of its first node in its Chameleon Constellation, an updatable satellite and software system that adds additional distributed computing power for various use cases. The Chameleon Constellation will utilize the United States' Air Force's secure, hardened, and accredited Platform One system as the foundational layer for the constellation's

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