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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Privateering the Solar System – A Long View of Commercial Space and National Security

By Dr. John B. Sheldon The role of commercial space in today’s national security environments is known well enough. There are useful policy debates to be had over what national security space systems a state should absolutely provide for to ensure sovereign decision making in war versus where commercial entities …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Role Of Satellites In Future Smart Cities – The Case of Thailand

By James Yenbamroong The rapid growth of people migrating to cities to live, study or work is set to continue. According to the United Nations, more than half of today’s 7.5 billion world population live in cities. By 2050, about 70% of the world’s 9.8 billion population will settle in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Why We Should Continue To Invest In Space Exploration

By James Yenbamroong Mankind has always been defined by our collective curiosity. We constantly push for greater things, expanding our knowledge and influence over the world around us. Some achieved things that were previously thought impossible. The Wright brothers flew the first fixed-winged aircraft, Yuri Gagarin was the first man …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Case For LeoSat – New Orbits, New Opportunities

By Ronald van der Breggen When talking about GEO versus NGSO systems – predominantly LEO and MEO – one typically ends up in a discussion about latency and how MEO and LEO are capable of offering much lower latencies relative to the traditional GEO satellites. Alternatively one may also end …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: India’s Big Space Leap; ISRO Now Readying Flight To Venus

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan ISRO recently announced its plans to undertake a mission to Venus in the early 2020s and has also invited international proposals for scientific payloads. Since the successful inter-planetary mission to Mars in November 2014, India’s civil space organisation, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has been …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Why Space Debris Cleanup Might Be A National Security Threat

Saadia Pekkanen, University of Washington As an international relations scholar who studies space law and policy, I have come to realize what most people do not fully appreciate: Dealing with space debris is as much a national security issue as it is a technical one. Considering the debris circling the …

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