ESA’s Latest Technology CubeSat Cleared for Launch Site

GomX-4B with GomX-4A (Credit: GomSpace)

PARIS (ESA PR) — GomX-4B, ESA’s latest and largest technology-testing CubeSat, will be launched from China early next year, together with the near-identical GomX-4A. The pair will test intersatellite communication links and propulsion while orbiting up to 4500 km apart.

The cereal box-sized GomX-4B has been passed as ready to travel along with its twin from manufacturer GomSpace in Denmark in early December to begin launch preparations in China.

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Swedish Space Corporation Sells NanoSpace

Swedish Space CorporationSOLNA, Sweden (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has sold 100% of the shares of NanoSpace AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of SSC, to GS Sweden AB (publ), the parent company of GomSpace ApS.

NanoSpace, a provider of novel MEMS based technologies and propulsion systems for nanosatellites, started its operation in 2005 and has been a fully owned subsidiary of SSC since 2006. In the wake of SSC revised strategy to become a leading global provider of advanced space services, NanoSpace needed to become part of a leading technology development group with global reach. Current exciting industry trends with a propelling interest in small satellites as well as the success of NanoSpace development made Gome Space a good new home for NanoSpace.

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SSC Looks to Sell NanoSpace Shares to GomSpace

ssc_logoSOLNA, Sweden, August 19, 2016 (SSC PR) — Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with GomSpace, parent company of GomSpace ApS, regarding the potential sale of 100% of SSC’s shares in its Swedish subsidiary NanoSpace AB.

The LOI contains broad terms of a potential transaction with the right for GomSpace to conduct a due diligence investigation and the acquisition is conditional upon both parties entering into a definite agreement containing specific signing and closing terms and conditions yet to be negotiated.

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Tiny CubeSat Tracks Worldwide Air Traffic

Detections of aircraft in flight made by ESA CubeSat GomX-3 during the last six months, since it was released from the International Space Station on 5 October 2015. Built by GomSpace in Denmark, the tiny 3-unit CubeSat has picked up millions of ADS-B signals which give flight information such as speed, position and altitude. All aircraft entering European airspace are envisaged to provide such automatic surveillance in the coming years. (Credit: ESA/GomSpace)
Detections of aircraft in flight made by ESA CubeSat GomX-3 during the last six months, since it was released from the International Space Station on 5 October 2015. Built by GomSpace in Denmark, the tiny 3-unit CubeSat has picked up millions of ADS-B signals which give flight information such as speed, position and altitude. All aircraft entering European airspace are envisaged to provide such automatic surveillance in the coming years. (Credit: ESA/GomSpace)

PARIS (ESA PR) — Since its launch six months ago, a satellite small enough to fit in an airline passenger’s carry-on bag has been tracking aircraft in flight across the entire globe.

Built for ESA by GomSpace in Denmark, the GomX-3 CubeSat was ejected from the International Space Station on 5 October 2015, along with a Danish student satellite.

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