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UK’s Satellite Vu’s Groundbreaking Technology Recognised By ESA In The Fight Against Plastic Pollution

NewSpace company, Satellite Vu, has scooped first prize in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Ocean x Space competition. During the 8th edition of ESA’s annual Business Applications Conference, held in Stavanger, Norway, from 22-24 May 2018, the organisation brought together companies, users, experts, entrepreneurs, and investors to foster partnerships and …

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Inmarsat To Work With Hellenic Space Agency On Research And Development

International shipping exhibition, Posidonia, provided the perfect backdrop for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between global mobile satellite service provider, Inmarsat and the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA). Signed between Inmarsat’s Maritime President Ronald Spithout and Christodoulos Protopapas, Chairman of the Hellenic Space Agency, the MoU will allow …

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Australian Defence Sector Supports Its Indigenous Space Industry With Cubesat Programme

Final testing for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) CubeSat-M1 is underway. This first-of-three cubesats has been developed as part of a AUS$10 million contract with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra Space Centre, which was signed in November. This home grown satellite is testament to the ‘Down …

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Turkey Invited To Send Cosmonaut for Training By Russia

Russia has invited Turkey to send a Turkish national for Cosmonaut training, indicating that the relationship between these countries may now bear the substantial weight of ongoing human spaceflight cooperation obligations, despite difficulties on a number of issues, including Syria and the Armenia-Azerbaijani dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh. “If Turkey wants to …

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Ukraine’s State Space Agency Board Reviews 2017 Space Activities, Sets 2018 Policy Agenda

On 30 March 2018, a meeting of the Ukrainian State Space Agency Collegium was held in the city of Dnipro. During the meeting, the results of the work of enterprises and institutions of the Ukrainian space industry for 2017 were summed up and priority directions of work for the forthcoming …

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Pan-Arab Space Cooperation Gathering Support And Pace With UAE Leadership

Diplomatic efforts are gathering in the Middle East and North Africa toward the development of a regional mechanism for space cooperation and development among Arab countries. At the recent Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi, the region made progress toward  establishing an Arab space organisation. “In spite of our advanced …

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Australian Political Wrangling Over Who Hosts Space Agency Pointless and Counterproductive – Analyst

A political competition to host the headquarters of the new Australian Space Agency has emerged between Australian states, a development that a prominent Australian space policy expert is counterproductive, even pointless, and misunderstands the role and scope of the agency that is due to start operations on 1 July 2018. …

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U.S.-Singapore’s Audacy Set To Provide Constant Communications Between LEO Operators And Their Satellites Through FCC Licence

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted U.S.-Singaporean New Space company Audacy a licence for the first commercial inter-satellite relay network, and the implications of this are transformational for space communications as LEO operators, for the first time, can be in constant contact with their satellites. As satellites move …

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South Korea’s KT Sat Poised To Provide Global Inflight and Maritime Connectivity

South Korean satellite operator KT Sat is now poised to provide near-global maritime and inflight connectivity through its new satellites and expanded teleport, in what is becoming an increasingly crowded market. With the launches of the Mugunghwa-7 and -5A satellites last year, the company can now provide satellite services covering …

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