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São Tomé And Príncipe Signs Space Agreement With India

The government of São Tomé and Príncipe signed an agreement with India to create a space centre on the island that is situated off of Africa’s Equatorial West coast at a ceremony held on 8 September 2018 during a visit to New Delhi by the São Tomé and Príncipe Minister for …

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South Africa Selects MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates RADARSAT-2 Maritime Surveillance Programme

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has selected Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, to provide satellite surveillance data from RADARSAT-2 for maritime domain awareness. This multi-million dollar contract  provide SANSA with a one-year maritime surveillance program which will include the delivery of …

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Nigerian Army To Create Cyber Warfare Command To Combat Online Terrorism And Crime

The Nigerian Army is creating a Cyber Warfare Command comprised of 150 personnel drawn from across the service in order to combat rising cyber insecurity from terrorists, criminal organisations, and other threats. According the Nigerian newspaper Vanguard, the Cyber Warfare Command “is charged with the responsibility to monitor, defend and …

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Morocco’s Mohammed VI-B Earth Observation Satellite Due To Be Launched By Arianespace In November 2018

Moroccan media is reporting that the North African country’s second high-resolution Earth observation satellite, the Mohammed VI-B, is due to be launched on an Arianespace launch vehicle from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana in November 2018 on either the Vega or Soyuz ST-A Fregat-M satellite launch vehicles. The …

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UK’s Avanti Communications Launches SATCOM Operations In South Africa

Avanti Communications Group, a UK-based satellite operator, that provides Ka-band satellite communications services across the Europe, the Middle East and Africa, announced the official launch of its South Africa-based operations as of 29 August 2018. The announcement is another example of Avanti’s continued commitment to investing in Africa through a direct …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Advice for the Next Generation – Gernot Groemer of OeWF

SpaceWatch.Global last spoke to Gernot Groemer, Founder and Administrative Director of the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) last year when we covered the Forum’s work and activities on the Mars Analogue missions. This week, we speak to Groemer as a founding member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) which aims …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: UK – The Next Space Hub

The UK space sector is on the cusp of entering a new and golden age. As a country, the UK already has a thriving space sector with leading companies that have pioneered the small satellite industry, for example. Now, however, with the announcement of the first spaceport to be built …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Daniel Campbell of Effective Space

UK-based Effective Space is set to launch its first Space Drone spacecraft in 2020 which will introduce life extension services to satellite operators. The company has received very encouraging feedback on its plans and other potential lines of business such as accommodating new constellations in LEO. SpaceWatch.Globals Editor-in-Chief Helen Jameson …

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SANSA And DigitalGlobe Launch South Africa Earth Observation Challenge

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is teaming up with leading U.S. commercial satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe to launch the South Africa Earth Observation Challenge that will seek innovative satellite applications idas from South African startups. SANSA and DigitalGlobe believe there is significant scope to increase the use of …

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