BlackSky Awarded $1.7M NASA Contract to Advance Earth Science Research

BlackSky’s Dynamic Monitoring to provide data for innovative research on global change

HERNDON, Va. (BlackSky Technology Inc. PR) — BlackSky Technology Inc. (NYSE: BKSY) received its first call order, worth $1.7 million, from NASA to evaluate accessibility, accuracy, quality and utility of the Company’s imaging data services for the Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program.

“New discoveries in Earth science can be accelerated with innovative research methods and real-time dynamic data sets that keep up with the increasingly rapid pace and scale of change on our planet,” said Dr. Patrick O’Neil, BlackSky chief innovation officer.

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U.S. Army Signs Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with HawkEye 360

Effort will support Army’s modernization initiatives for Multi-Domain Operations 

HERNDON, Va. (HawkEye 360 PR) — HawkEye 360 Inc., the world’s leading commercial provider of space-based radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, today announced its two-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC). Under the CRADA, HawkEye 360 will develop and demonstrate new commercial overhead RF-sensing capabilities that could provide relevant tactical support for the warfighter. SMDC will assist in the testing of these capabilities in relevant exercises to evaluate the utility to the tactical warfighter.

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NS-23 to Fly 36 Payloads and Tens of Thousands of Club for the Future Postcards to Space

New Shepard (NS-14) lifts off from Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in West Texas. (Credits: Blue Origin)

SEATTLE (Blue Origin PR) — On August 31, New Shepard’s 23rd mission, a dedicated payloads flight, will fly 36 payloads from academia, research institutions, and students across the globe. The launch window opens at 8:30 AM CDT / 13:30 UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas. 

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Despite Record Investment In Space, American Enthusiasm, Interest Waning

While newer entrants – and future rivals – in the space race lead on excitement, US respondents most optimistic due to booming space tourism, private sector spending

LONDON (Inmarsat PR) — Investment in space in America shows no signs of slowing down, reaching almost $55 billion in government spending in 2021, with the private sector committing a further $23 billion in the US alone in the same year. Yet despite America’s long-time space supremacy, and ever-growing financial commitment, US citizens are not as enamoured by space as could be expected.

Research from Inmarsat found that just 1 in 10 US respondents are interested in working in the space sector, compared to 24% in India and 27% in Japan. Meanwhile, 39% are excited about what could happen in space, again fewer than in India (46%), which came out on top, and the UAE (43%).

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NOAA Awards Alpha Omega Integration $56 Million Contract

One of Virginia’s fastest growing companies will support over 2,000 geographically dispersed users of the NESDIS Integrated Information Services II contract

VIENNA, Va. (Alpha Omega Integration PR) — Alpha Omega Integration has been selected by NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) to support the requirements of the Integrated Information Services, and ensure a cohesive, scalable, and cost-effective delivery of IT services. Our services will help NESDIS provide secure, timely access to global environmental data to promote and protect the nation’s security, environment, economy, and quality of life.

“Alpha Omega is honored to play a role in supporting NOAA’s mission which is rightfully prioritized at the top of our national agenda as demonstrated via the meaningful investments contained in the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act,” said Gautam Ijoor, Alpha Omega Integration’s President and CEO. “Our partnership with NESDIS via the NIIS program reflects Alpha Omega’s commitment to supporting climate science and having a profound, lasting impact on future generations. We are pleased to have started this important work after unexpected delays.”

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Terran Orbital Integrates LunIR into NASA’s Space Launch System

The satellite will launch from Kennedy Space Center with Artemis I

LunIR is fully integrated within the Orion Stage Adapter aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (Image Credit: NASA)

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Terran Orbital Corporation PR) — Terran Orbital Corporation (NYSE: LLAP), a global leader in satellite solutions, primarily serving the United States and Allied aerospace and defense industries, integrated the Lunar Infrared imaging spacecraft, also known as LunIR into NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). With its unprecedented power and capabilities, SLS is the only rocket that will be able to send the Orion capsule, astronauts, and cargo directly to the Moon on a single mission. LunIR will fly by the Moon and collect surface thermography as a secondary payload on Artemis 1 – a test mission for SLS. After the flyby, the 6U satellite will conduct technology demonstrations related to deep-space operations for future Mars missions.

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E-Space Expands Leadership Team–Adds Chief Financial Officer and Chief Satellite Systems Engineer

LOS GATOS, Calif. (E-Space PR) — E-Space, a global space company focused on bridging Earth and space with the most sustainable low earth orbit (LEO) network, today announced it expanded its leadership team with the addition of Gunjan Murarka as chief financial officer (CFO) and Dalibor Djuran as chief satellite systems engineer. The addition of these two valuable positions will enable E-Space to accelerate its novel LEO network, which will be both the safest satellite constellation ever, and make space affordable and accessible for everyone to solve problems on Earth.

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Maritime Launch Services Inc. Receives Approval to Trade on the OTCQB Venture Market Under the Symbol MAXQF

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Maritime Launch Services PR) — Maritime Launch Services Inc. (Maritime Launch, MLSI or the “Company”) (NEO: MAXQ, OTCQB: MAXQF) is pleased to confirm that it has received approval to trade on the OTCQB Venture Market (OTCQB) beginning August 23, 2022, under the symbol MAXQF.

“We look forward to broadening our investor base and engaging with US investors on the opportunity Spaceport Nova Scotia provides the global space industry” says Stephen Matier, President and CEO, Maritime Launch. “Commercial launch services from Canada will strengthen North America’s position as a global leader in low earth orbit satellite communications. We will offer launch services to the global and US marketplace, fueling new growth and attracting investment. While all other ranges in the United States are owned and operated by government, Spaceport Nova Scotia will be the first, pure-play commercial spaceport on the continent”.

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Planet to Provide Real-Time Data and Connectivity Solutions for NASA’s CSP

Planet Selected as Subcontractor for SES Government Solutions and Telesat Government Solutions to Help Build Real-time Connectivity Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO (Planet Labs PR) — Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL), a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, today announced that it has been selected by two companies, SES Government Solutions and Telesat Government Solutions, to demonstrate real-time space-to-space connectivity solutions from LEO satellites to other in-space communication satellites operated by SES and Telesat for NASA’s Communication Services Project, or “CSP”.

With NASA’s plans to decommission its owned and operated satellites which are a part of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) in the coming years, the agency will evaluate the feasibility of commercial networks to reliably support future near-Earth missions. As part of Planet’s involvement in CSP, Planet will accelerate its R&D for near-Earth space communication capabilities on its future earth-observation satellites. Planet will work to demonstrate its state-of-the art communication technology stack involving real-time satellite connectivity for NASA’s CSP, with the goal of further building its relationship with the agency and enabling low latency solutions for Planet customers.

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ST Engineering iDirect and Türksat Strengthen Strategic Partnership with Contract for Provision of Ground Systems for Türksat 5B

The longstanding relationship is bolstered with investment in futureproof technology that will enable flexibility and agility in service delivery across the Middle East and Africa

Turksat 5B satellite. (Image Credit: Airbus)

HERNDON, Va. (ST Engineering iDirect PR) — ST Engineering iDirect, a global leader in satellite communications, has today signed a multi-million dollar contract with leading regional satellite operator, Türksat, for the ground systems required to run a variety of services over the Türksat 5B satellite. ST Engineering iDirect will provide multiple Dialog® XIF hubs and 5,000 remotes, enabling Türksat to augment services to various markets including government, enterprise, mobility and cellular backhaul across 30 beams, providing the best connectivity experience from low data rates all the way to very large throughputs of over 1 Gbps for the most demanding applications.

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Voyager’s Space Micro Software Defined Radio Supports Success of Missile Defense Agency’s CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment

SAN DIEGO (Voyager Space PR) — Space Micro Inc., powered by Voyager Space, today announced the successful performance of its Software Defined Radios (SDRs) on Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment (CNCE) Block 1. Initially launched in June 2021 and completed in March 2022, CNCE Block 1, which is part of MDA’s Nanosat Testbed Initiative (NTI), used small, low-cost satellites to demonstrate networked radio communications between nanosatellites while in orbit.

MDA deployed two CubeSats developed by Space Micro with integrated radio frequency (RF) payloads based on its μSDR-C family of small form factor software defined radios. MDA tested Space Micro’s SDRs at various distances, formations, and orientations, all of which successfully communicated with each other and ground nodes. This demonstration helps support the development of U.S. missile defense technology and architecture.

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U.S. Space Force SSC’s GEO Wide Field of View On Orbit

The United States Space Force Space Systems Command’s Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Wide Field of View Testbed (Image Credit: Millennium Space Systems)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (Millennium Space Systems PR) — The United States Space Force Space Systems Command’s Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Wide Field of View Testbed is online and the bus checkout is complete.

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Richard Mortellaro Appointed as President and CEO of Eutelsat America Corp.

PARIS & WASHINGTON (Eutelsat PR) — Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) (Paris:ETL) announced today that Richard Mortellaro has been appointed to the position of President and CEO of Eutelsat America Corp. (EAC). He will succeed David Bair who is retiring.

Eutelsat America Corp., a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, delivers communications services and solutions to US Government and Military customers around the globe in support of national security missions.

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Orbital Reef Space Station Advances to Design Phase After NASA Review

Sierra Space and Blue Origin Successfully Complete Orbital Reef System Definition Review

Orbital Reef Space Station, led by co-lead investment partners Sierra Space and Blue Origin, advances to design phase after NASA review. (Image Credit: Business Wire)

LOUISVILLE, Colo. & KENT, Wash. (Sierra Space PR) — The Orbital Reef team, led by partners Sierra Space and Blue Origin, has successfully completed its System Definition Review (SDR) with NASA.

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