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France’s CNES Opens Representative Office in Abu Dhabi

The French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), has opened a liaison and representative office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, marking deeper and strategic relations in space matters between the French agency and the UAE Space Agency. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the representative office, …

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Saudi Arabia’s KACST Completes SaudiSat-5A And -5B Earth Observation Satellites

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has developed and manufactured SaudiSat-5A and SaudiSat-5B, two high-resolution Earth observation satellites to be launched later this year from China. SaudiSat-5A and -5B are the second generation of Saudi-made Earth observation satellites, replacing SaudiSat-2 (launched in 2004) and SaudiSat-3 (launched …

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Israel’s IAI Developing Nanosatellite Constellation For Persistent Overhead Reconnaissance

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a large constellation of Earth observation nanosatellites to provide persistent overhead reconnaissance and ballistic missile early warning over countries and areas of concern to Israeli national security, as a supplement to Israel’s existing satellite reconnaissance capabilities and U.S. ballistic missile early warning satellites. According …

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Australian Space Agency Signs Cooperation Agreements With UK And Canada

The Australian Space Agency has formally entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with counterpart agencies in Canada and the United Kingdom, as part of the Australian coalition government’s plan to launch a vibrant new space industry in Australia. These MoU’s will help all three nations develop their respective space programs …

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Australian Space Agency And Sitael Australia Sign Statement of Strategic Intent

The Australian Space Agency has signed a statement of strategic intent with Sitael Australia, a designer and manufacturer of satellites, enhancing the competitiveness and capability of Australia’s space industry. Sitael Australia is a subsidiary of Sitael S.p.A, the largest privately-owned space company in Italy. The Australian coalition government committed AUS$41 …

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Australia’s CSIRO Releases ‘Lunar Challenge’ Space Exploration Roadmap

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has released its space exploration roadmap that sets out a path for Australian space industry and research organizations to more fully support and participate in international space science and exploration initiatives, particularly international efforts to reestablish a human presence on the Moon. …

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U.S.-Singaporean Audacy Achieves $100 Million In Commercial Agreements

Audacy, a space communications service provider based in the U.S. and Singapore and deploying the first commercially licensed inter-satellite data relay network, has announced  that it had achieved a significant milestone by securing pre-service commercial agreements valued at over U.S.$100 million. The companies represented in these agreements span across the …

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Israel And NASA Sign SpaceIL Commercial Lunar Cooperation Agreement At IAC Bremen

NASA has signed an agreement with the Israel Space Agency (ISA) to cooperatively utilize the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL’s commercial lunar mission, expected to land on the Moon in 2019. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany. NASA will contribute a laser …

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Japan’s Space BD Signs Agreements With ISIS And NanoRacks At IAC Bremen

Space BD, the Japanese New Space startup company specializing in business development of Japanese space technologies and projects, announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Innovative Solutions In Space n.v. (ISIS), to be the distributor of the Dutch company’s small satellite solutions and components for the Japanese market. …

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Uzbekistan Looks To France’s Thales To Build Space Capacity, Earth Observation Satellite

France hopes to sell a high-resolution Earth observation satellite to Uzbekistan when President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on 9 October 2018. If the satellite deal is made, then it will be the culmination of many months of effort by French satellite …

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