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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Bleddyn Bowen On Russia’s RPO With America’s NRO

One of the more notable space stories of the past week is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in Earth orbit, SpaceWatch.Global …

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Bulgaria Sat Aims For 65 Percent Capacity On Satellite Within Two Years After Struggles

Bulgaria Sat, the operator of BulgariaSat-1 broadcasting and communications satellite, is aiming to lease 65 percent of the satellite’s capacity within two years, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Maxim Zayakov. Currently BulgariaSat-1 is operating at 15 percent leasing capacity, but Zayakov hopes that the Bulgaria Sat …

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Thales Alenia Space Signs MoU With Luxembourg For Digital Centre Of Excellence

Thales Alenia Space moved forward this week in creating its Digital Center of Excellence in Luxembourg by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of the Economy of the Duchy of Luxembourg. It aims to become a major industrial contributor to the nation’s ambitious space and digital strategy. …

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UAE Space Agency Launches Satellite Challenge As Part Of UAE Hackathon 2020

The UAE Space Agency launched a “Satellite Challenge” event as part of “UAE Hackathon 2020 – Data for Happiness and Wellbeing.” During UAE Innovation Month. The challenge introduces participants to the many stages involved in manufacturing and launching satellites—from the initial design through to launch. The challenge also encourages participants …

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South Australia’s Space Incubator Seeks Global Startup Applicants

The University of South Australia’s Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Venture Catalyst Space programme. As Australia’s first space incubator, the programme forms part of the state government’s AUS$4 million (U.S.$2.7 million) Space Innovation Fund which is delivered by global partners including the South …

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UK Space Sector Lands In Singapore

More than 30 representatives from the UK space industry, universities and government—supported by the UK Space Agency—are visiting Singapore this week to explore new partnerships and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region. The delegation will visit GeoWorks, ST Engineering, the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University, before attending …

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AzerCosmos Reports 70 Percent Increase In Satellite Services Export Revenues For 2019

AzerCosmos, the state space company of Azerbaijan, reports that it generated revenues of U.S.$43.4 million from the export of its satellite communications and Earth observation services in the calendar year of 2019, a 70 percent increase over its exports in 2018. In 2018 AzerCosmos generated only U.S.$25.6 million in export …

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