Satellite Built by Open Cosmos and RHEA Group to Fly on LauncherOne as Part of First UK Mission

Global navigation pathfinder mission, built in the UK, has been added to the flight manifest from Spaceport Cornwall later this year

LONG BEACH, Calif. & FARNBOROUGH, England (Virgin Orbit PR) — In what will be a mission of firsts, Virgin Orbit (Nasdaq: VORB), a leading launch provider, announced today that it has been selected to launch RHEA Group’s first satellite into space. The international engineering and solutions firm is working with Open Cosmos to design, build and operate its mission. Open Cosmos and RHEA have selected Virgin Orbit from its UK business to carry the satellite, DOVER Pathfinder (DOVER), to Low Earth Orbit aboard its historic flight from Spaceport Cornwall later this year. The mission will mark the first time in history that a satellite launch has been conducted from British soil, helping fulfill the goals of the UK government to enable full end-to-end space capability.

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Open Cosmos Announces DataCosmos Multi-satellite Platform

  • DataCosmos is a new platform from Open Cosmos which will make it easier for governments and organisations to access and utilise essential data from space
  • The platform brings together data from satellites and complementary sources and allows users to access applications to derive insights from earth observation including monitoring to advanced oil spill detection 
  • DataCosmos is part of Open Cosmos’s mission to make satellite data useful and valuable to everyone to solve the world’s greatest challenges

OXFORD, UK (Open Cosmos PR) — Open Cosmos – the leading SpaceTech startup simplifying access to space to help solve the world’s biggest challenges is today launching DataCosmos, its multi-satellite data platform that will provide advanced visualisation and data usage tools to transform access to critical space data. Publicly showcased today at the ESA Living Planet Symposium in Bonn, DataCosmos marks a paradigm shift in how companies and organisations can access satellite data and turn it into actionable information. 

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Open Cosmos Signs Contract with ESA to Progress Key Elements of the NanoMagSat Mission Concept

NanoMagSat (Credit: Open Cosmos)

Open Cosmos signs contract with the European Space Agency to progress key elements of the NanoMagSat mission concept: a pioneering small satellite constellation to monitor Earth’s magnetic field and ionospheric environment

  • Through a €5.2m contract with ESA, Open Cosmos, together with IPGP, CEA-Leti, COMET-Ingenieria and University of Oslo are working on activities to de-risk the critical elements of the NanoMagSat mission;
  • The NanoMagSat mission concept is a small satellite constellation aiming at flying a novel suite of instruments to monitor the Earth magnetic field and the ionospheric environment at high revisit times;
  • The magnetic field of the Earth is crucial to life and acts as a shield against incoming energetic charged particles. Identifying and understanding Earth’s magnetic field multiple sources is also essential to aid precise navigation, reveal properties of the shallow and deep Earth, and provide key information for geophysical surveying of minerals;
  • The NanoMagSat mission aims to be a worthy successor of previous missions such as Oersted and CHAMP and ideally complement and extend the measurements of the electromagnetic field beyond the Swarm mission launched in 2013

OXFORD (Open Cosmos PR) — Open Cosmos – the leading SpaceTech startup simplifying access to space to help solve the world’s biggest challenges – is today announcing its latest contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) on the NanoMagSat mission concept. 

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UK Government Backs Space Technology to Tackle Climate Change

SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) — Trailblazing technology that will help tackle climate change and predict global disasters using satellites is receiving new funding from the UK Space Agency.

Eleven UK organisations have been awarded a share of just under £7 million of government funding to put into action the latest advances in space innovation. The majority of the projects focus on climate change or environmental management, with others designed to secure our telecommunication systems and protect digital infrastructure against cyber-attacks.

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Soyuz-2 to Launch 38 Spacecraft from 18 Countries on March 20

Soyuz-2 rocket lifts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome with 36 OneWeb satellites. (Credit: Arianespace)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On March 20, a launch of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage is scheduled from the Baikonur Cosmodrome that will deliver 38 spacecraft (SC) from 18 countries into three sun-synchronous orbits:

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Sateliot Prepares with Open Cosmos to Launch its First Nanosatellite on 20 March

Open Cosmos experts integrate Sateliot’s nanosatellite into the deployer to be carried aboard the Soyuz rocket. (Credit: Sateliot)

BARCELONA, Spain (Sateliot PR) — Sateliot, the satellite telecommunications operator, is finalising with Open Cosmos, the company that operates end-to-end space missions, the launch of its first nanosatellite, which is scheduled for the morning of 20 March from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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ESA Launches First AI Earth Observation Satellite, Selects a Second

Vega begins its ascent from the Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying CubeSats and microsatellites on a flight to validate Europe’s innovative Small Spacecraft Mission Service. (Credit: Arianespace)

PARIS (ESA PR) — Following the successful launch of ɸ-sat-1 – Europe’s first artificial intelligence Earth observation mission – plans are already underway for the next innovative state-of-the-art technology, ɸ-sat-2.

ɸ-sat-1, an enhancement of the Federated Satellite Systems mission, was launched onboard a Vega rocket from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 3 September at 02:51 BST/03:51 CEST (22:51 on 2 September, Kourou local time). ɸ-sat-1, pronounced PhiSat-1, will demonstrate how satellite data, coupled with advanced onboard digital technologies, can bring benefits to business, industry and science.

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Open Cosmos, Addvalue to Provide Continuous LEO Connectivity to Satellite Constellations

LOGAN, Utah, 8 August 2018 (Open Cosmos PR) — Space mission provider Open Cosmos and satellite communication service provider Addvalue have announced the signature of a key partnership to provide continuous communication and “data-burst as-a-service” to constellation-based remote sensing and IoT businesses.

The agreement will allow Open Cosmos’s nanosatellites to stay in continuous communications with their operation centre on the ground, thereby enabling mission tasking and mission data delivery in near real time. The combination of light weight, small form factor, and a low cost system also makes it perfectly suited for carrying out telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C) communications, mission tasking, trouble-shooting and restoring operations.

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Vector & Open Cosmos Announce Five Launch Deal

Flight test of P-19H engineering model of the Vector-R launch vehicle from Friends of Amateur Rocketry site in California. (Credit: Vector Space Systems)

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 14, 2018 (Vector PR) — Vector, a nanosatellite launch company comprised of new-space and enterprise software industry veterans from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Sea Launch and VMware and Open Cosmos, a space mission provider, today announced an agreement to reserve five orbital launches between 2019 and 2023 on the Vector-R launch vehicle. The announcement comes in advance of Vector’s first orbital launch in July.

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