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Portugal Establishes National Space Agency Based In The Azores

Portugal has become the latest country to establish a national space agency. The new entity, called Portugal Space, will be headquartered in the Azores island of Santa Maria, the site of a proposed spaceport and a European Space Agency (ESA) Estrack tracking and telemetry station. Portugal Space was formally established …

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UAE’s Thuraya And Elcome Sign Service Partner Agreement To Boost Maritime Comms Sales

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat, today announced that it has signed a Service Partner agreement with Elcome, one of the largest marine technology system integrators. Elcome will provide Thuraya’s products and services worldwide across key vertical markets. Headquartered in Dubai and operating …

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Spain’s Hispasat And Israel’s hiSky To Offer IoT And MSS Terminals In Mexico

Spanish satellite telecommunications operator Hispasat, has completed the successful installation of a hub at its gateway in Ixtlahuaca del Rayón (México) to manage the Smartellites™, hiSky terminals that offer mobile satellite services (MSS) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions through Amazonas-5 satellite Ka-band, which covers 79% of the Mexican population. …

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Pakistan Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With China To Enable First Pakistani Astronaut

Pakistan signed a space cooperation agreement with China at a ceremony in Beijing held on 27 April 2019 providing a framework for the training of Pakistani astronauts, space science and exploration, as well as the establishment of a Sino-Pakistani space committee that will discuss other cooperative initiatives in space. The …

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SSTL announces new Earth observation data contract with Airbus

Surrey Satellite Technology has signed a contract with Airbus to provide high resolution optical data from the SSTL S1-4, an Earth observation satellite which was launched in September 2018. Sarah Parker, Managing Director of SSTL said: “We are delighted with the performance of the SSTL S1-4 in orbit, demonstrated by …

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ORBCOMM and Kordia extend AIS contract with Australian Maritime Safety Authority

ORBCOMM has announced that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has extended their contract for another year through ORBCOMM’s partner Kordia. ORBCOMM and Kordia, a leading provider of mission-critical technology solutions in Australia and New Zealand, will provide satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data used for ship tracking and other …

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European Military Space: Romanian Space Agency Signs Space Situational Awareness Agreement With U.S. Strategic Command

U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) reached a milestone with the signing of its 100th space situational awareness agreement when the Romanian Space Agency signed an agreement with USSTRATCOM on 25 April 2019. These agreements foster openness, predictability of space operations and transparency in space activities. With the signing, Romania becomes the …

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UK’s Skyrora In Hunt For British Launch Sites For Upcoming Rocket Tests

Skyrora, the Edinburgh-based New Space launch company that is aiming to become the first UK private company to launch payloads into Earth orbit, is searching for launch sites in the British Isles from where it can conduct a series of launcher tests over the coming year, according to UK press …

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South Korean Government Approves Funds For Development Of Three Earth Observation Satellites

The South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT has approved 300 billion Won funding (U.S.$264 million) for the development of three remote sensing satellites to be used for resource management, environmental monitoring, and space science. The three remote sensing satellites are part of the Ministry’s National Space Committee plan for …

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Germany To Draft New Space Laws And Regulations To Spur Lagging New Space Sector

Germany’s Ministry of Economy is drafting new space laws and regulations – that could be submitted to the Bundestag for ratification as soon as the end of this year – in order to incentivize the German private sector to invest in the rapidly growing global space sector, according to a …

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