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President Macron’s State Visit To China Highlights Sino-French Space Cooperation

On 6 November 2019, on the occasion of President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to the People’s Republic of China, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Zhang Kejian, Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), signed in the presence of Presidents Macron and Xi Jinping a …

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UK’s Surrey Satellite Ships ELSA-D Target Satellite To Japan’s Astroscale

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) has shipped a 16kg Target satellite for Astroscale’s End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration (ELSA-d) mission to Tokyo, where it will be bolted to the Chaser satellite for environmental testing ahead of launch in 2020. The ELSA-d mission is designed to simulate capture of orbital debris …

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ViaSat Terminals Undergo UK Skynet MILSATCOM Assurance And Certification Process

Viasat Inc. reports that its Multi-Mission Terminal (MMT), the AN/TSC-241, has started the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Skynet satellite communications (SATCOM) architecture assurance and certification process, which will authorize the terminal’s operation on the Skynet X-band system as well as other government and commercial networks. Viasat expects to complete …

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UK Space Agency To Provide $9.5 Million Funding To Virgin Orbit For Cornwall Spaceport Use

Spaceport Cornwall, courtesy Virgin Orbit

The UK Space Agency will award £7.35 million to Virgin Orbit UK Limited, the UK branch of U.S. launch operator Virgin Orbit, to enable horizontal launch of small satellites at Cornwall Airport Newquay, it was confirmed on 5 November 2019. The funding will help to develop advanced ground support equipment, …

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Finland’s ICEYE Partners With RS Metrics To Monitor Global Iron Ore Stockpile

ICEYE, the global leader in small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RS Metrics to jointly offer to the commodities market the world’s first global SAR-based iron ore inventories dataset with up to daily updates. Access to the dataset …

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Rocket Lab Preps ‘Running Out Of Fingers’ Launch From New Zealand

Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has announced that its next mission will launch multiple microsatellites in a rideshare mission representing five different countries. The launch window for Rocket Lab’s tenth flight, named ‘Running Out Of Fingers,’ will open 25 November 2019 NZDT and take place …

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New Zealand Establishes MethaneSAT Climate Change Space Programme

The New Zealand Government announced on 7 November 2019 it would contribute NZ$26 million towards MethaneSAT, a state-of-the-art satellite designed to detect global methane emissions with unprecedented accuracy. The mission is being led by United States-based NGO Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and its subsidiary MethaneSAT LLC, who have signed a …

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French Space Agency Promotes Small Satellites For Sustainable Development At COSPAR

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was at the 4th Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) symposium that is taking place in Herzliya, Israel, from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November 2019 on the theme of “Small Satellites for Sustainable Science and Development.” Formed in 1958, COSPAR is …

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UAE’s MBRSC Partners With Roscosmos For UAE Analog SIRIUS Mission Simulating Mars Environment

The UAE, represented by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has launched the UAE Sirius Mission, in partnership with the Roscosmos Space Agency’s Scientific International Research In a Unique terrestrial Station (SIRIUS) analog at Russia’s IBMP Ground-based Experimental Complex, NEK, in Moscow. This is part of the MARS 2117 …

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