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South Africa’s Space Commercial Services Head Calls For Regional IoT Nanosatellite Constellation

Sias Mostert, chairman of South African company Space Commercial Services (SCS), has called for a national – even regional – Internet of Things (IoT) nanosatellite constellation that would provide dedicated and perhaps even persistent coverage of South Africa and neighbouring countries. “Space has a key role to play in enabling …

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SpaceApps’ HOTDOCK Takes Centre Stage at IAC 2019

SpaceApps is highlighting its pioneering HOTDOCK device for in-orbit servicing to delegates at IAC 2019 in Washington, DC from 21-25 October at booth 481. “The development of the LEO economy and the life extension of the International Space Station (ISS) are important aspects of SpaceApps’ activities,” said Michel Ilzkovitz, Systems …

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Australian Space Agency Signs Agreement With Maxar Technologies To Develop Strategic Collaboration

Maxar Technologies, a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, announced on 22 October 2019 it has signed a joint statement of strategic intent and cooperation with the Australian Space Agency. Under the statement, Maxar and Australian Space Agency will investigate collaboration in areas of mutual strategic …

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Luxembourg Space Agency And NASA Deepen Lux-US Space Cooperation

Representatives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), signed a Joint Statement of Intent to explore different areas through technical and programmatic discussions with the objective of identifying opportunities for collaboration. In parallel, NASA and LSA intend to pursue a Framework Agreement …

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Turkey And Italy Seek To Boost Space Collaboration And Satellite Development

Ankara recently hosted its Turkey-Italy Innovation Day event where space cooperation between the two countries was highlighted by senior officials and corporate executives. Among the agenda items of the event was a common desire to increase space cooperation and satellite development between the two countries. Lokman Kuzu, director of the …

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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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