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UAE cooperates with NASA on astronaut training

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues to foster its international network and cooperates with NASA to train four Emirati astronauts, the news agency WAM reported on 21 September. “The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced …

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London to revisit plans for a British satellite navigation system, UK press reports

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – The UK Space Agency is set to announce the withdrawal from British plans to develop an own, sovereign satellite navigation program and mulls rejoining the European Union’s Galileo system, UK press reported. “The Government has formally scrapped Theresa May’s plan for a British version of …

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Intelsat completes C-band program in the U.S. with order of seventh C-band satellite from Maxar

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – Satellite and network operator Intelsat has completed its C-band satellite program and ordered its seventh C-band satellite from U.S.-based manufacturer Maxar Technologies, the company announced in McLean, Virginia, on 17 September. In June, Intelsat had announced manufacturing contracts with Maxar Technologies and Northrop Grumman for …

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Voyager Space Holding names Eric Stallmer to lead its U.S. Government and public affairs

Washington, 17 September 2020. – The space exploration company Voyager Space Holdings has appointed Eric Stallmer as Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, the Denver-based company announced last week. Stallmer will lead Voyager’s Washington D.C. office and be responsible for representing Voyager to key government institutions including Congress, …

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Australian SmartSat and CSIRO to launch space-based water monitoring AquaWatch

Adelaide, Australia, 20 September 2020. – The Australian research agencies SmartSat and CSIRO launch AquaWatch, a project to improve the water quality management in Australia with the help of satellites, SmartSat said on 17 September. “Natural events such as toxic algal blooms, the contamination of drinking water, and excess runoff …

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UK Space Agency report sees soaring demand for space surveillance and tracking

Berlin, 20 September 2020. – A research report for the UK Space Agency sees the demand for Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) services soar over the next decade, the “Future SST Markets Research” report published on 15 September said in its conclusion. “Over the coming decade, the number of operational …

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U.S. Space Force awards multi-million space cybersecurity contract to Northrop Grumman

Redondo Beach, California, 17 September 2020. – Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Space Force to develop a next generation of super cyber-secured military satellites, the company said on 17 September. U.S. Space Force mandated Northrop Grumman to deliver the prototype for the Evolved Strategic SATCOM …

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Dubai sees major growth potential for UAE from space economy

Dubai, 15 September 2020. – Space industry could become one of the United Arab Emirate (UAE)’s most promising sectors and a key pillar of economic growth over the next 50 years, a whitepaper released by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry concluded. The report, titled ”Space Economy Investment Opportunities for …

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Singapore’s Equatorial Space Systems enters Indian market with Space Development Nexus agreement

Singapore, 16 September 2020. – Singapore’s launcher startup Equatorial Space Systems signed an memorandum of understanding with India’s Space Development Nexus-SDNx for suborbital launch services using the company’s Dorado rocket, the company said today. The new agreement is the first foray of Equatorial Space into the Indian market and involves …

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