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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.


LM develops world-first LTE-over-satellite system
14 Mar 2019  Lockheed Martin said it has developed a new LTE-over-Satellite system designed to provide connectivity to remote regions, including areas without cellphone coverage, boats off-shore, or during natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, catastrophic floods or volcanoes. New hotspots connect existing phones to satellites for reliable 4G connections.


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.
Delta IV launches 10th WGS satellite
17 Mar 2019  Rocket: Delta IV; Payload: WGS-10 [Wideband Global SATCOM 10]; Date: 16 March 2019, 0026 UTC; Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, USA.
ESA greenlight for UK's air-breathing rocket engine
17 Mar 2019  ESA, together with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) recently reviewed the preliminary design of the demonstrator engine core of the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which Reaction Engines will use to undertake ground-based testing at test facility at Westcott, Buckinghamshire, which is currently under construction.
Soyuz-5 to start testing in 2022
17 Mar 2019  The Progress Space Rocket Center has signed an agreement with the Center for the Certification of Rocket and Space Activity on certifying four Soyuz-5 medium-class rockets that will undergo flight tests in 2022-2025.
Update: Soyuz MS-12 launched without problems
17 Mar 2019  According to the flight programme, the Soyuz MS-12 rendezvous with the ISS was implemented using a four-orbit rendezvous profile. The approach and docking were performed in automatic mode under supervision of the ISS RS LOCT specialists at MCC and Russian crewmembers of the manned transportation spacecraft and the station.
Soyuz MS-12 launched without problems
14 Mar 2019  Rocket: Soyuz 2-1a; Payload: Soyuz MS-12; Date: 14 March 2019, 1914 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The crewed vessel arrived at its target orbit less than nine minutes after liftoff.


Satellite capacity pricing plunges 18% from 2018-2019 - report
14 Mar 2019  NSR's Satellite Capacity Pricing Index, 5th Edition (2019) finds accelerated pricing decline across operator segments, with a global average decline of 18% over the past 12 months.


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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