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Israel’s Spacecom Appoints Itzhak Shnaiberg As Interim CEO

Following the retirement of David Pollack on 1 January 2020, Israel’s Spacecom has announced the appointment of Itzhak Shnaiberg as the company’s interim chief executive officer. Shnaiberg has worked for Spacecom since the early 1990’s and was the company’s Chief Financial Officer between 1996 and 2006. Shnaiberg has served as …

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Azerbaijan’s AzerCosmos Reports $40.6 Million Revenues In 2019, Space Talks With Russia In January 2020

AzerCosmos, the Azerbaijani satellite operator, reported revenues of U.S.$40.6 million for the period of January to November 2019, a 69 percent increase over the same period in 2018, when the company generated revenues of just U.S.$25.6 million. According to AzerCosmos, 89 percent of its 2019 revenues were generated abroad in …

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South Korea’s KAI To Build Three Remote Sensing Satellites By 2025

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on 31 December 2019 that South Korea’s largest aerospace company, the Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), has announced that it will build three remote sensing satellites with the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) by 2025. KAI and KARI will jointly develop and build the …

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IAI Wins Bid To Build Dror-1 Communications Satellite For Israeli Government

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will develop and build Israel’s national communication satellite, the “Dror 1.” The Dror 1 is intended to meet the satellite communication needs of Israel for the next 15 years. The Dror 1 is comprised primarily of local Israeli technologies developed at IAI, including an advanced digital …

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Macao Contributes To Chinese Space Exploration With Satellite And Research Centre

Macao’s first space exploration satellite was named Macao Science 1, the special administrative region (SAR)’s Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Tam Chon Weng announced Sunday at an opening ceremony of an aerospace exhibition. During the opening ceremony, vice administrator of China National Space Administration (CNSA) Wu Yanhua also announced …

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Kleos Space Secures Nation-State Customer For Its RF Geolocation Services

Kleos Space, a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data provider, has announced that it has reached an agreement to cooperate and collaborate with a sea bound nation state to enhance their maritime geospatial intelligence/analytics capability with data from the Kleos Scouting Mission. The collaboration activities may include, but are not limited …

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Egypt Opens Astronaut Selection Competition In Middle East Human Spaceflight Rush

The head of the Egyptian Space Agency, Mohammed el-Qousy, announced on 25 December 2019 that the agency will launch a nationwide, six-year long competition to select Egypt’s first astronaut. Addressing a delegation of the Education and Scientific Research Committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives, el-Qousy said that the selection …

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U.S. Space Command Expands Alliances Through Multinational Operations

National security in the space domain continues to expand its operational coordination and capabilities between the U.S. Space Command and allied nations. A multi-national space force, a strategic defense partnership between several nations including the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, operate together at the Combined Space Operations …

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UK Creates Virtual Satellite Data Centre In Fight Against Climate Change

UK Ministers announced on 30 December 2019 backing for ground-breaking research analysing satellite images that will better predict the future impact of climate change in towns and cities and inform future government action. A new £5 million satellite data centre involving the Universities of Edinburgh and Leeds will use cutting-edge …

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UAE’s MBRSC Showcases Research At 2019 American Geophysical Union Meet

A team of engineers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), along with university students who are part of a space science research programme affiliated with the centre, participated in the meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2019. The meeting is the largest annual international gathering related to …

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