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Israel’s IAI To Build Four TecSAR Satellites For U.S. Company XpressSAR

XpressSAR Inc. of Arlington, Virginia and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to purchase from IAI a constellation of up to four TecSAR synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites along with associated support services for launch, in-orbit testing, commissioning, and establishing ground operations to control the …

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Arianespace Successfully Launches Morocco’s Mohammed VI-B EO Satellite

Arianespace has successfully launched the MOHAMMED VI-B Earth observation satellite, developed for the Kingdom of Morocco by a consortium comprising Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime. Arianespace’s ninth launch of the year, and the second using Vega in 2018, took place on Tuesday, November 20, …

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Future Space Wars: Japan To Create Military SSA Unit, Incorporate AI Into Self-Defence Forces

The Japanese government will establish a command centre within the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to monitor space debris and traffic in Earth orbit as well as to carry out surveillance on foreign satellites as they orbit over Japanese territory. The SDF command centre could be established as early as fiscal year …

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace Technology Launch Company Gets $43 Million In Series B Funding

Chinese New Space satellite launch company LandSpace Technology announced on 20 November 2018 that it has received 300 million Yuan (U.S.$43 million) in a just-completed Series B funding round, according to Chinese news platform Weixin. The U.S.$43 million funding round was led by Huachuang Capital along with Zhongyi Investment, Xidian …

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UAE To Train Bahraini Space Experts Under New Cooperation Agreement

The United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) has signed a Declaration of Principles with Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency (NSSA), and the UAE’s Khalifa University (KU), for the training of the Bahrain Space Team. The signing took place on the sidelines of the 5th Bahrain International Airshow, held at the …

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Eutelsat Taps Airbus For Two Satellites Covering Europe, North Africa, And Middle East

Eutelsat has ordered two new satellites from Airbus Defence and Space to replace the three existing HOTBIRD satellites at its 13° East flagship neighbourhood. These all-electric high-power satellites are set to enter into service in 2022, serving Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. The new satellites will reinforce and …

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Middle East Space And Satellite News Roundup For November 2018

It has been a busy few weeks in the Middle Eastern satellite and space sector, with developments and activities taking place from Morocco to Iran, and all points in between. The following is a roundup of the regional space and satellite news that was not previously covered in-depth by SpaceWatch.MiddleEast. …

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Australia’s CSIRO Boosts Earth Observation And AI Budgets

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced it is investing AUS$35 million (U.S.$25.5 million) in space technology and Artificial Intelligence development. This investment will be used toward the development of advanced imaging of Earth from satellites, as well as cutting-edge data science to support the growth of …

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France’s CNES, ESA, And CapDecisif Management Kickoff CosmiCapital Fund For European New Space

The French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and CapDecisif Management, has created a venture fund called CosmiCapital to help create a European New Space ecosystem. The CosmiCapital fund, launched by the CNES in May 2018 and managed by …

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ESA Pioneering Use Of Virtual And Augmented Reality In Space

What do astronauts, Pokemon, wildlife park rangers, and surgeons all have in common? The answer is virtual and augmented reality, or VR and AR. Usually associated with video games, this ultra-immersive technology is quickly being recognised for its real-world potential. VR is a computer-generated environment that simulates physical presence and …

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