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Rwanda Collaborates with Japan to Launch Satellite this Year

The Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Authority’s (RURA) Director General, Patrick Nyirishema, has confirmed that it is planning to launch the country’ inaugural satellite later this year. According to the New Times, this could happen as soon as after the Transform Africa Summit, which will take place in Kigali from 7-10 …

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ESPI Brief 17: Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for Europe?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 17: ‘Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for Europe? ’, originally published in November 2017. 1. Solidification and Internationalisation of the Deep …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Markus Woltran of UNOOSA

Space activities within the United Nations Member States are growing apace and the amount of space faring nations is increasing. Enabling these countries to find their path to space is a key part of the work of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) which works to promote …

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ESPI Brief 21: On the importance of narratives in outer space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 21: ‘On the importance of narratives in outer space ’, originally published in March 2018. On February 6th 2018, at Kennedy Space Centre …

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Russian Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Claims Kremlin Made Seventh Test Of Nudol ASAT Missile

Anonymous U.S. intelligence officials have told American news outlet CNBC that Russia tested its PL-19 Nudol anti-satellite (ASAT) direct-ascent missile on 23 December 2018, making it the seventh test of the system if the U.S. claims are true. The PL-19 Nudol flew for a total of 17 minutes over a distance of nearly 3,000 …

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Arctic Space Race: Russia Plans To Launch Arktika Weather Satellite Constellation

Arktika-M, the first Russian weather forecasting satellite for monitoring climate and the environment in the Arctic region is planned to be launched into a Molniya orbit in June 2019, according to Russian space industry officials who spoke to Sputnik, a Russian news outlet. “The launch of the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle …

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Europe’s Airbus Awarded U.S. DARPA Blackjack Small Satellite Contract

Airbus Defense and Space Inc. has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a satellite bus in support of the Blackjack program. DARPA describes the Blackjack program as an architecture demonstration intending to show the military utility of global low-earth orbit constellations and …

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Kleos Space Satellites Move Into Integration Phase After Critical Design Review

Kleos Space S.A. reports that the company’s first cluster of satellites has entered the Integration Phase after successfully undergoing Critical Design Review (CDR) with Gomspace A/S. The CDR ensured the satellites could proceed towards assembly, validation, integration and testing and confirms they meet stated performance cost, schedule, and risk requirements. …

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