TOP STORIES: June 2020

3 July 2020

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

Here’s our round-up for June:

Space agencies join forces to produce global view of COVID-19 impacts

In an unprecedented collaboration, ESA, NASA and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have created a new tool that combines a wealth of data from Earth-observing satellites to monitor the worldwide impacts of COVID-19. This new online platform is now available to the public. Read more at ESA.

Air quality changes. Credit: NASA/ESA/JAXA

Airbus and ESA sign agreement to continue ISS operations

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed an annual renewal contract with Airbus on continuing the operation and use of European components on the International Space Station (ISS). The contract is worth around €16 million. Read more at Airbus.

Credit: NASA. International Space Station

Scotland’s Secret Space Race

New space podcast ‘Scotland’s Secret Space Race’ takes you into government departments, research labs, launch sites and even into orbit to share the secrets of Scotland’s booming space economy. Find out more.

OneWeb announces HMG and Bharti Global Limited consortium as winning bidders in court-supervised sale process

OneWeb, the communications company whose mission is to bring connectivity to governments, businesses, and people everywhere, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with a consortium led by HMG (through the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) and Bharti Global Limited (“Bharti”) for the acquisition of the OneWeb business in connection with its court-supervised sale process. The bid is designed to capitalise the company sufficiently as a going concern to effectuate the full end-to-end deployment of the OneWeb system. Read more by the Oneweb. A press release by the UK Government can be found here.


The Luxembourg 2020 Space Directory gives you an up to date picture of who is doing what in Luxembourg’s expanding space sector. Find out more here.


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