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Space Silk Road: China Proposes Space Cooperation Agreement With Azerbaijan

China and Azerbaijan have great prospects for cooperation in the space sector, Chinese Ambassador to Azerbaijan Guo Min told reporters in Baku, Azerbaijan, according to a report by the Trend News Agency on 18 October 2019. “We look forward to cooperating with Azerbaijan in this direction,” the ambassador said. “China …

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Luxembourg’s Kleos Space Scouting Mission-1 To Launch On ISRO PSLV In December 2019

Kleos Space S.A., a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, has received confirmation that the Kleos Scouting Mission-1 will launch on an Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from Chennai, India, in December 2019. Kleos’ cluster of four satellites are confirmed as mission ready for …

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France And Japan Boost Space-Based Environmental Monitoring Cooperation At Kyoto Conference

On 5 and 6 October 2019 in Kyoto, Japan, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall took part in the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum 2019 and the 10th EU-Japan Science Policy Forum. On the sidelines of these events, he met Koji Omi, the President and …

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Singapore’s Addvalue And Capella Space Close To Launching Inter-Satellite Data Relay Terminal

Addvalue Innovation Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SGX Mainboard-listed Addvalue Technologies Ltd., announced on 22 October 2019 the delivery of the first flight model of the company’s groundbreaking Inter-satellite Data Relay System (IDRS) terminal to Capella Space. Addvalue’s IDRS™ system, developed in tandem with Inmarsat, features Addvalue’s proprietary technology, …

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Iran Looks To Get In On Middle East Human Spaceflight Boom With Russia

The head of the Iran Space Agency (ISA), Morteza Barari, has said that Iran is looking to open discussions with Russia about the possibility of sending an Iranian astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS), according to Iranian press reports. Barari’s announcement echoes a similar statement made in early October …

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Algeria And Russia Discuss Expanding Space Cooperation And Development

Algeria and Russia discussed expanding space cooperation and increased development of Algerian space capabilities during a visit to Algiers by a Russian delegation consisting of officials and executives from the Russian state space agency Roscosmos, Russian commercial launch provider Glavkosmos, and the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Electromechanics (VNIIEM) that …

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Rocket Lab To Start Offering Lunar Payload Launches With Photon Satellite Platform

Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, unveiled on 21 October 2019 at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington, DC, plans to support extended range missions to medium, geostationary, and lunar orbits with the company’s Photon satellite platform. Less than two years after opening access to …

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Ethiopia To Begin Work On Satellite MAIT Facility With European Funding

The Ethiopian government has revealed that it will break ground on a satellite manufacturing, assembly, integration, and testing (MAIT) facility in the Addis Ababa area in January 2020, signaling the start of the second phase of its space development strategy. Speaking with the Space in Africa online publication on 14 …

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Egypt And UAE Bolster Space Ties: Cairo Looks To Send Egyptian To ISS

The head of the Egyptian Space Agency announced that Egypt intends to send an astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) during a visit to Cairo by a delegation from the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) on 16 October 2019. Mohammed El-Qousy, the Director-General of the Egyptian Space Agency, said that …

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Luxembourg To Create Space Resources Innovation Centre

Following the setup of SpaceResources.lu initiative in 2016 to promote and develop the research, economic and legal aspects of space resources, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) established a working group to explore the opportunities for international cooperation in the field of space resources. During …

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