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Four New Chinese Beidou GNSS Satellites Declared Operational

Four new satellites for the Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) recently passed technical and system tests and checks in orbit, and have started operations within the BeiDou global navigation satellite servive (GNSS) network, according to China’s Satellite Navigation System Management Office. The four new satellites are the 41st, 49th, …

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Russia Attempts To Shift Blame To United States Over Satellite Inspection Allegations

The Russian government has accused the United States of using an allegation that two Russian satellites are stalking a US reconnaissance satellite as an excuse to “fuel an arms race in space,” according to Sputnik, a Russian media outlet. A spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik that the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Malcolm Davis On Russia’s Orbital Rendezvous With The United States

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: 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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