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Indian Space Wars: India’s DRDO Head Outlines Counterspace Capability Ambitions

Following its 27 March 2019 direct-ascent antisatellite (ASAT) missile test that destroyed a target satellite in low-Earth orbit (LEO), the head of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – G. Satheesh Reddy – has outlined to Indian media his organisation’s counterspace technology ambitions for the coming years. Reddy’s comments …

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Space Wars: United States And Allies Discuss Combined Space Operations Initiative

Air Chiefs and senior space officials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States held a meeting at Headquarters Air Force Space Command to discuss the future of the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) initiative on 10 April 2019. Following the meeting, the seven nations …

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Singapore’s Astroscale Completes $30 Million Series D Funding Round; To Open U.S. Office In Denver

Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market-leader in developing a space debris removal service to secure long-term orbital sustainability, has announced the opening of a new office in Denver, Colorado (“Astroscale U.S.”), adding a strategic United States base to already established entities in Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom. In concert with …

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UAE Selects Hazzaa Al Mansoori As First Emirati Astronaut To International Space Station

The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced that it has selected Hazzaa Al Mansoori as the prime astronaut and Sultan Al Neyadi as the backup astronaut for the International Space Station (ISS) mission. Al Mansoori and Al Neyadi are currently undergoing training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training …

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European New Space: TESAT, KSAT, And GomSpace Partner To Build Laser Communications Capability For Small Satellites

Germany’s TESAT, Norway’s KSAT, and Denmark’s GomSpace have partnered up to introduce full optical communications capability for new innovative small satellite missions and space-based services. Until now this technology has mainly been used on large and expensive satellites but is now further developed, miniaturised and ready for use on small …

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Germany’s ExoLaunch And Virgin Orbit Sign Agreement To Launch Small Satellites From Launcher One

EXOLAUNCH, a leading Germany-based launch services provider and cluster integrator for small satellites, and Virgin Orbit, a California-based launch vehicle provider for small satellites, have announced the signing of an MOU for transporting EXOLAUNCH customers’ payloads on dedicated and rideshare missions with Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne as early as 2020. “Virgin …

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Secure World Foundation Announces Summit For Space Sustainability in Washington, DC, 25-26 June 2019

Secure World Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural Summit for Space Sustainability, which will be held in Washington, DC, on 25-26 June 2019. The space sector is currently experiencing rapid growth in both the number and diversity of space actors. This change is driven by commoditization and globalization of …

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Congratulations Beresheet – No Soft Landing but an Amazing Achievement

The Beresheet Moon lander, developed by Israeli not-for-profit company SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, has failed in its bid to achieve a soft landing on the lunar surface. The spacecraft is the first commercial mission to reach the Moon. Communication was lost with Beresheet at approximately 489 feet above the …

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Falcon Heavy Launch Lofts Arabsat-6A and Achieves Historic Triple Rocket Landing

SpaceX is celebrating this morning after its Falcon heavy rocket launched the Arabsat 6-A communications satellite and also achieved a triple rocket landing in the process. The Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat satellite yesterday at 6.35pm from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on its first commercial mission. The satellite was deployed …

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ESA To Build Quantum Communication Satellites For European Quantum Communications Network

Today’s interconnected world is ever more vulnerable to cyberattacks, emphasising the importance of secure encryption to protect Europe’s critical infrastructure and communications. An agreement forged today between the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA) marks the first steps towards creating a highly secure, pan-European quantum communication infrastructure. …

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