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Armenia’s President Signs Package Of Space Activity Laws

The president of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, signed into law a package of space activity legislation on 26 March 2020 that amend existing laws and regulations to expand state and commercial space activity in Armenia. President Sarkissian signed legislation that supplements the Armenian tax code, state duty law, licensing law, administrative …

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EU Agency For Cybersecurity Calls For Experts In Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging concept facilitating intelligent and automated decision-making. Whereas undoubtedly beneficial, one should not sidestep the fact that AI and its application on automated decision making might open up new avenues in manipulation and attack methods, while creating new security and privacy challenges. The European Union …

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China’s Qihoo 360 Alleges CIA Behind Eleven-Year Cyber Espionage Campaign

Chinese cyber security company Qihoo 360 published claims on 4 March 2020 that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) conducted an eleven-year cyber espionage and hacking campaign against Chinese companies and organisations in the aviation, energy, and technology sectors. Qihoo 360’s claim that the CIA – which it calls APT-C-39 …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: Humanity’s Virtual Presence In Space In The Quantum Age

By John B. Sheldon The Power of Metaphor Since the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik I, on 4 October 1957 our presence in space has been described, defined, and politically and technologically driven by metaphors. The U.S.-Soviet space programmes in the Cold War weren’t just in competition, they were …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Deganit Paikowsky On How RPO Instability Could Paradoxically Create Long-Term Stability

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

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: ISRO And Satellites Launches – Why The Economic Survey Is Misleading

By Kartik Bommakanti The Economic Survey -2020, which preceded the Budget 2020-21 released by Nirmala Sitharaman’ first full budget as finance minister rather bizarrely focused almost exclusively on the number of launches undertaken by major space faring states including India as a good indicator of the strength and the health …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Sonay Sarac On The Destabilizing Effects Of Rendezvous And Proximity Operations

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

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Alexandra Stickings On The Difficulties Of Achieving Stability With Rendezvous And Proximity Operations

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

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Kazuto Suzuki On Need For International Rules For Transparent Rendezvous And Proximity Operations

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

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