UK Government Backs Space Technology to Tackle Climate Change

SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) — Trailblazing technology that will help tackle climate change and predict global disasters using satellites is receiving new funding from the UK Space Agency.

Eleven UK organisations have been awarded a share of just under £7 million of government funding to put into action the latest advances in space innovation. The majority of the projects focus on climate change or environmental management, with others designed to secure our telecommunication systems and protect digital infrastructure against cyber-attacks.

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Soyuz-2 to Launch 38 Spacecraft from 18 Countries on March 20

Soyuz-2 rocket lifts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome with 36 OneWeb satellites. (Credit: Arianespace)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On March 20, a launch of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage is scheduled from the Baikonur Cosmodrome that will deliver 38 spacecraft (SC) from 18 countries into three sun-synchronous orbits:

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Sateliot Prepares with Open Cosmos to Launch its First Nanosatellite on 20 March

Open Cosmos experts integrate Sateliot’s nanosatellite into the deployer to be carried aboard the Soyuz rocket. (Credit: Sateliot)

BARCELONA, Spain (Sateliot PR) — Sateliot, the satellite telecommunications operator, is finalising with Open Cosmos, the company that operates end-to-end space missions, the launch of its first nanosatellite, which is scheduled for the morning of 20 March from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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ESA Launches First AI Earth Observation Satellite, Selects a Second

Vega begins its ascent from the Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying CubeSats and microsatellites on a flight to validate Europe’s innovative Small Spacecraft Mission Service. (Credit: Arianespace)

PARIS (ESA PR) — Following the successful launch of ɸ-sat-1 – Europe’s first artificial intelligence Earth observation mission – plans are already underway for the next innovative state-of-the-art technology, ɸ-sat-2.

ɸ-sat-1, an enhancement of the Federated Satellite Systems mission, was launched onboard a Vega rocket from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 3 September at 02:51 BST/03:51 CEST (22:51 on 2 September, Kourou local time). ɸ-sat-1, pronounced PhiSat-1, will demonstrate how satellite data, coupled with advanced onboard digital technologies, can bring benefits to business, industry and science.

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Open Cosmos, Addvalue to Provide Continuous LEO Connectivity to Satellite Constellations

LOGAN, Utah, 8 August 2018 (Open Cosmos PR) — Space mission provider Open Cosmos and satellite communication service provider Addvalue have announced the signature of a key partnership to provide continuous communication and “data-burst as-a-service” to constellation-based remote sensing and IoT businesses.

The agreement will allow Open Cosmos’s nanosatellites to stay in continuous communications with their operation centre on the ground, thereby enabling mission tasking and mission data delivery in near real time. The combination of light weight, small form factor, and a low cost system also makes it perfectly suited for carrying out telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C) communications, mission tasking, trouble-shooting and restoring operations.

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Vector & Open Cosmos Announce Five Launch Deal

Flight test of P-19H engineering model of the Vector-R launch vehicle from Friends of Amateur Rocketry site in California. (Credit: Vector Space Systems)

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 14, 2018 (Vector PR) — Vector, a nanosatellite launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware and Open Cosmos, a space mission provider, today announced an agreement to reserve five orbital launches between 2019 and 2023 on the Vector-R launch vehicle. The announcement comes in advance of Vector’s first orbital launch in July.

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