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  • National Reconnaissance Office awards imagery contracts to Capella Space, HawkEye 360
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    WASHINGTON — The National Reconnaissance Office announced Dec. 11 it has awarded imagery study contracts to Capella Space and HawkEye 360. The NRO calls these awards “data integration study contracts” because they examine how data from private companies could be incorporated into the government’s geospatial intelligence architecture. Capella Space provides… Read more »
  • Maxar finishes $291M property sale • Panasonic Avionics signs Eutelsat capacity contract
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    To receive FIRST UP Satcom, a weekly SpaceNews newsletter for satellite and telecom professionals, sign up here. TOP STORIES Maxar Technologies completed a $291 million property sale in Palo Alto, California. The company said it will use the sale proceeds to help pay off a series of loans. Maxar plans to lease… Read more »
  • New Shepard sets reusability mark on latest suborbital spaceflight
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    WASHINGTON — Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle made its first flight in more than seven months Dec. 11 as the company inches closer to flying people to the edge of space. The NS-12 mission lifted off from Blue Origin’s West Texas test site at 12:53 p.m. Eastern after a… Read more »
  • U.S. Group on Earth Observations calls for coordination, private sector engagement
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    SAN FRANCISCO – The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released an updated plan for U.S. Earth observation Dec. 9 calling for improved coordination, greater engagement with the private sector and efforts to assess the value of the data. “We really want to emphasize this is a national… Read more »
  • NASA and Boeing look ahead to long-term SLS production
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    NEW ORLEANS — As NASA marked the completion of the core stage of the first Space Launch System rocket, the agency and the rocket’s prime contractor are in the midst of negotiations for a long-term production contract for additional vehicles. NASA announced in October that it was starting negotiations with… Read more »
  • NASA Earth Science leaders anticipate low-cost launch options
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    SAN FRANCISCO – NASA Earth Science leaders are enthusiastic about the potential for principal investigators to take advantage of current and anticipated low-cost launch options. “Venture Class Launch Services is starting to bear fruit,” said Sandra Cauffman, NASA Earth Science Acting Division Director, referring to NASA’s campaign to encourage development… Read more »
  • Barrett: Air Force to ‘move out smartly’ on Space Force
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    WASHINGTON — In her first comments since the release of the conference agreement on the the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said service leaders are reviewing the language that would pave the way for the establishment of a Space Force under the… Read more »
  • TriSept forges pact with U.K. Space Applications Catapult
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    SAN FRANCISCO – TriSept Corp., a U.S. launch integration company, announced plans to open an office at the United Kingdom’s Harwell Space Cluster as part of a comprehensive teaming agreement with the Satellite Applications Catapult, a government-backed nonprofit. “Together, the duo expects to build a mission manifest for new vertical… Read more »
  • Chinese space launch firm Landspace raises $71 million
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    HELSINKI — Private Chinese space launch firm Landspace has raised $71 million in series C round funding to be used for the development of a new launch vehicle. The new round of funding was led by Country Garden Venture Capital. It takes the total raised by Landspace in 2019 to… Read more »
  • SLS core stage declared ready for launch in 2021
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    NEW ORLEANS — NASA declared the long-delayed core stage for the first Space Launch System rocket complete Dec. 9, although the rocket’s launch is still more than a year away. At an event at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility here attended by government and industry officials, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said… Read more »
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