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Italian New Space: Leaf Space To Raise More Capital For Its Small Satellite Ground Station Solution

Italian New Space company Leaf Space, a specialist in ground station solutions for small satellite constellations operated by companies such as Switzerland’s Astrocast and Australia’s Fleet, is looking to triple the number of ground station locations it operates from four (in Europe) to twelve around the globe, and is about …

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Military Space: Japan And United States Pledge Mutual Defence Cooperation In Space, Cyber

On 19 April 2019, the U.S.–Japan Security Consultative Committee convened in Washington, DC, with the participation of Secretary of State Pompeo, Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono, and Minister of Defense Iwaya. During the meeting, the Ministers affirmed their strong commitment to realize a “free and …

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European Space Exploration: ARIEL Data Challenge Launched In Hunt For Exoplanets

ARIEL, a mission to make the first large-scale survey of exoplanet atmospheres, has launched a global competition series to find innovative solutions for the interpretation and analysis of exoplanet data. The first ARIEL Data Challenge invites professional and amateur data scientists around the world to use machine learning (ML) to …

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UAE’s Mubadala Creates Abu Dhabi Hub71 With Softbank And Microsoft For New Space, Other Tech Start-Ups

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala is set to create a start-up ecosystem in Abu Dhabi that will attract New Space and other emerging technology companies to the Gulf Arab state. The ecosystem will be called Hub71 and will include Softbank’s Vision Fund and Microsoft as partners, according to Khaldoon …

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France And UAE Hold 11th Space Cooperation Strategic Dialogue In Paris

The France-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue convened for its 11th session in Paris on 16 April 2019. On this occasion, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) reviewed ongoing and future cooperation projects, noting the rapid development of bilateral space relations between the …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Commits To Beresheet Shtayim After Beresheet 1.0 Moon Attempt

“If at first you don’t succeed, you try again,” said newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Beresheet (Hebrew for Genesis) lunar lander failed to make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface on 11 April 2019. That’s exactly what Morris Kahn, the Israeli billionaire who founded and …

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Saudi Space Agency Begins To Take Shape, Reported $1 Billion Budget In First Year

French online national security news publication Intelligence Online is reporting that the recently created Saudi Space Agency is beginning to take shape under the leadership of Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the son of the reigning King Salman, half-brother of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and first Saudi astronaut. According …

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UAE’s MBRSC And National Geographic Sign Deal To Document Emirati Space Achievements

National Geographic today announced a four-year partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, to document the UAE’s journey into space. In a four-part documentary series, National Geographic will present to the world the UAE’s rise into space, its achievements and ambitions. The series is set to capture the …

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UAE Space Agency And Krypto Labs Announce Winners Of GeoTech Innovation Programme

The UAE Space Agency and Krypto Labs have announced the two winning teams of the GeoTech Innovation Programme. The winners were awarded funding of AED100,000 (U.S.$27,250.00) in cash and AED500,000 (U.S.$136,125.00) in kind, as well as the opportunity to accelerate and transform their innovative ideas into commercially viable and scalable …

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