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Gates and Wyler amongst high-profile investors of EarthNow Start-Up

A new satellite Earth observation company which promises to deliver real-time video of the Earth ‘enhanced by machine intelligence’ has received the backing of Bill Gates, OneWeb’s Greg Wyler, Airbus and Japan’s Softbank. EarthNow was invented by Russell Hannigan (Founder and CEO,) and its core imaging technology was incubated within …

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#SpacewatchGL Op’Ed: Smallsats – The Hitchhiker No More?

The satellite industry is in the grip of a revolution that is being driven by low-cost, small satellites that are cheaper to build and launch than ever before. These smallsats are beginning to change the economics of space and analysts forecast exponential growth, but there is a hurdle that threatens …

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China and Finland Create Space Silk Road Arctic Earth Observation Centre

As part of its Arctic ambitions for its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China is teaming up with Finland to develop space-based Arctic monitoring and surveillance. The China Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced this week that China and Finland have signed an agreement to establish a joint research centre for …

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Malaysia Seeking Satellites From Japan, According to Japanese Diplomat

In another sign of growing Japanese strategic influence in Southeast Asia, a senior Japanese official has revealed that Malaysia is seeking satellite and other strategic technologies from the Japanese government and industry. Makio Miyagawa, Japan’s Ambassador to Malaysia, made the revelation to reporters after the two governments signed a defence …

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South Korea Examines Role in Cleaning Up Space Debris With Dual-Use System

South Korea is considering joining the quest to clean up space debris in Earth orbit, and with it could end up unintentionally developing a dual-use antisatellite (ASAT) system. Following similar recent efforts by Japan and Europe, South Korea’s Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technology (ICT) held a meeting last …

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India and France in Talks on Venus and Mars Exploration

Following quickly on the heels of their expansive space cooperation agreement signed last month, India and France are moving forward by holding detailed talks about building and sending interplanetary probes to Mars and Venus in the coming years. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the French National Space Agency, …

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Earth-i releases its first full-colour video of Earth taken from space by VividX2

Earth-i has released the first video taken by VividX2, the technology prototype for its Vivid-i constellation. Launched on 12 January 2018, VividX2 is the world’s first commercial satellite able to provide full-colour video of life on Earth. Weighing 100kg and measuring approximately 1 cubic metre, VividX2 is orbiting at 505km …

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Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu-1 Satellite Due for 4th May Launch from Cape Canaveral

Bangladesh’s first satellite, the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite, is set to be launched on board a SpaceX Falcon-9 space launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 4 May 2018, according to Mohammed Mezbahuzzaman, project director of the satellite programme. Bangabandhu-1 was originally supposed to be launched from Florida in December 2017 but …

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Japan’s Sony Corporation to Enter Satellite Optical Communications Market

Japan’s Sony Corporation is seeking to enter the New Space sector by manufacturing optical communication devices for small satellites, based on Sony’s decades-long experience in manufacturing compact disc (CD) players. This marks a diversification of Sony’s business empire, and it is also a strong signal that Japan’s great trading houses …

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