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Argentina’s Satellogic Raises $50 Million In Investment Round

Argentinian commercial Earth observation company Satellogic announced on 19 December 2019 that it has raised U.S.$50 million in at least its second investment round. The latest investment will allow the company to build out more of its planned constellation of a total 90 satellites. Existing Satellogic investors Tencent, of China, …

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Taiwan’s TiSPACE Enters Crowded Small Satellite Launch Market With Large Ambitions

Taiwan Innovative Space Inc. (TiSPACE) has become the latest company to enter the increasingly crowded, and technically challenging, small satellite launch market.  TiSPACE was established in 2016 by Chen Yen-sen, a 21-year NASA veteran, who was employed by Taiwan’s semi-official National Space Organisation (NSPO) for over a decade. Chen joined …

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France Puts Hat In Ring To Launch Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu-2 Communications Satellite

The newly-appointed French ambassador to Bangladesh has stated that his country is interested in assisting Bangladesh launch its second communications satellite, Bangabandhu-2, during an audience with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in late November 2019. Ambassador Jean-Marin Schuh made the offer at his meeting with the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, and …

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India’s NAVIC GNSS Capability Declared An Allied System By U.S. Congress

The U.S. Congress has formally acknowledged India’s NAVIC global navigation satellite system (GNSS) to be an “allied system” in its finalized 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the legislative bill that outlines the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget, policies, and priorities for the coming fiscal year. The acknowledgement of NAVIC …

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Kacific-1 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched By SpaceX

Kacific1 was launched successfully into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7.10 pm Eastern Standard Time  (UTC-5) on 16 December 2019 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. It was placed into its target geostationary transfer orbit 33 minutes following initial ignition. Owned by Kacific Broadband …

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Japan’s Infostellar And Australia’s Capricorn Space Partner To Provide On-Demand Ground Segment Services

Recently established Australian ground segment operator Capricorn Space and Japanese Ground Segment as a Service provider Infostellar have signed an agreement that will enable Infostellar customers access to their satellite constellations from the Australian Ground Network – West (AGN-W) site near Mingenew in Western Australia. Established by Capricorn Space to …

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BRICS Member States Negotiating Earth Observation Satellite Sharing Framework

The member states of the BRICS economic bloc – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – are in the midst of negotiating a mutually beneficial framework that will allow each country to access certain Earth observation satellites from each other, according to various press reports. The aim, according to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Why we don’t understand what a space race means

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Prof. Mai’a K. Davis Cross, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Why we don’t understand what a space race means ”, originally published on 7 December 2019 in International Affairs by Oxford …

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Gilmour Space Technologies And Australian Space Agency Sign Cooperation Agreement

Australia’s leading rocket company, Gilmour Space Technologies, has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with the Australian Space Agency, demonstrating their commitment to launch Australia to space. The signing ceremony, held at the company’s new facility in Gold Coast, Queensland, was attended by Australia’s Minister of Industry, Science …

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India’s ISRO Successfully Launches RISAT And Nine Rideshare Payloads

An Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its fiftieth flight (PSLV-C48), successfully launched RISAT-2BR1 along with nine commercial satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, on 11 December 2019. PSLV-C48 lifted-off at 1525 Hrs (IST) from the First Launch Pad. After 16 minutes …

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