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BUSINESS

Takeover bid for Inmarsat
20 Mar 2019  Shares in Inmarsat Plc jumped 16% after the British satellite operator said it was in talks about a US$3.3 billion cash takeover approach from a private equity-led consortium.
OneWeb secures $1.25 billion in new funding after successful launch
18 Mar 2019  OneWeb said it has secured its largest fundraising round to date with the successful raise of US$1.25 billion in new capital. This brings the total funds raised to US$3.4 billion. This round was led by SoftBank Group Corp., Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and the Government of Rwanda.

LAUNCHES

Second GPS III satellite delivered to launch site
21 Mar 2019  The second GPS III Space Vehicle was delivered to Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida to begin satellite launch processing.
Arianespace's first Vega mission of 2019 approved for lift-off with PRISMA
20 Mar 2019  The 14th Vega mission from French Guiana - which will orbit an Italian Space Agency Earth observation satellite - has been authorised for lift-off tomorrow following completion of its launch readiness review.
Russia may launch Luna-Glob probe in 2022-2024
20 Mar 2019  Russia's Luna-Glob (Luna-25) probe may be launched in 2022-2024, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Yuri Balega said.
Thales Alenia Space marks key milestone for the NanoRacks airlock module
20 Mar 2019  Thales Alenia Space announced that its shell for NanoRacks' Airlock Module is ready to be shipped to NanoRacks' integration facilities in Houston, Texas.
Airbus DS enters MoU with Firefly Aerospace
19 Mar 2019  Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus) to develop new space launch solutions for Airbus customers.
OneWeb books Ariane 6 launches
19 Mar 2019  Ariane 6 will deploy satellites of the OneWeb constellation on its maiden flight. OneWeb has also booked options with Arianespace for two more Ariane 6 launches.

SATELLITES

LockMart presents 'SmartSat' technology for nanosatellites
21 Mar 2019  Lockheed Martin announced a new generation of space technology launching this year that will allow satellites to change their missions in orbit.
Thales Alenia Space takes 3D printing into series production
21 Mar 2019  Thales Alenia Space said it is taking 3D printing into series production to make components for telecom satellites built on the company's new all-electric Spacebus Neo platform.
Chinese study tests stability of new solar cells in near space
18 Mar 2019  Chinese researchers have found that perovskite solar cells can retain most of their power conversion efficiency in near space, providing perspectives on the new solar cells' future application in space.
 
 

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