TOP STORIES: February 2020

4 March 2020

Each month we round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.

Here’s our round-up for February:

SpaceX signs deal to take space tourists on five-day mission

SpaceX has signed a deal with US space tourism company Space Adventures for paying passengers to ride on a special five-day flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft. Read the article by Space Connect here.

Image credit: SpaceX

SpaceX seeking another $250 million for Starlink, Crew Dragon, Starship, report says

“SpaceX is looking to raise another $250 million at about $220 per share. The round would value the Hawthorne, California-based aerospace company at about $36 billion.”

Read more at Bizjournal.

Boeing implementing more rigorous testing of Starliner after software problems

As the independent review of last December’s test flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle nears completion, the company said it will perform more rigorous testing to catch errors that slipped through on that flight.

Read more at SpaceNews.

Boeing says it’s implementing more rigorous testing of software and other systems on its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft after two major software errors were found on its uncrewed test flight last December. Credit: Boeing

Exotrail Secures Contract with AAC Clyde Space

Exotrail, a French company that provides solutions for the smallsat market, have announced they have signed a contract with AAC Clyde Space, a European smallsat solutions specialist. Exotrail will equip them with cutting-edge propulsion solutions for their customers, global telecommunications leader Eutelsat, ELO 3 and ELO 4 spacecraft.

Read more at SatNews.

Artistic rendition of a smallsat powered by Exotrail’s propulsion system. Image credit: Exotrail.

SES Networks and Orange to Work Together on Services for Central African Republic

Orange, a multi-service telecommunications operators that is present in 18 countries in Africa, will be the first telco to adopt O3b mPOWER, SES’s next-generation MEO SATCOM system to exponentially ramp up their consumer and business services, starting in the Central African Republic.

Read more at SatNews.

Credit: SES Networks

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