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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 11 – 17 October 2021

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 11 - 17 October 2021”. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! A special shout-out to our friends at SpaceWatch.Global,

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Reconciling Commercial Space Activities with the Foundational Principles of Space Law

Since the dawn of the first ‘Space Age’ in 1957, space-related technologies have transformed our lives, revolutionising communications, medicine, navigation, finance, agriculture and computing, to name but a few. Space is an important element of critical infrastructure to support the world economy, international trade and investment, strategic thinking, military strategy, national security,

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Space Café WebTalk with Michael Byers: Preventing a debris crisis – why diplomacy has never been so important

During this week’s SpaceCafé, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening caught up with leading global politics and international law expert from the University of British Columbia’s Department of Political Science and co-director of the Outer Space Institute, Professor Michael Byers on the urgent need for countries to agree to ban anti-satellite weapons tests.

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Space exploration should aim for peace, collaboration and co-operation, not war and competition

SpaceWatch.Global has been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Space exploration should aim for peace, collaboration and co-operation, not war and competition”, originally published 11 October 2021 at The Conversation by Steven Freeland, Kuan-Wei Chen and Ram S. Jakhu.

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Maritime-traffic algorithms to use Spire’s data

LatConnect 60 is to use Spire Global’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) vessel-tracking data as a foundation for better predicting maritime traffic patterns, the companies announced. LatConnect will layer other data sources like satellite imagery, drones, and IoT sensors on Spire’s maritime data.

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Intellian signs antenna deal with SES

South Korean Intellian Technologies signed a US $60M supply deal with satellite fleet operator SES, Intellian announced. The company will equip SES with antennas that are a “mix of products operating on the ground and in the ocean,” said Intellian. The firm will provide Ka-band antennas for SES’s MEO broadband constellation, O3b mPOWER.

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Register Today For Our Space Café “33 minutes with Dr. Agnieszka Lukaszczyk” On 19 October 2021

This Space Café WebTalk will feature Dr. Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, Senior Director for European Affairs at Planet, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together - how cooperation in space can foster progress on Earth.

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Eutelsat becomes second largest OneWeb shareholder

Eutelsat raised its stake in OneWeb to 23%, the company announced, making it the second largest shareholder behind Indian Bharti with 30.0%. Eutelsat said it has exercised a call option on a portion of the latest OneWeb funding round subscribed by Bharti, for $165 million, taking its shareholding from 17.6% to 22.9%.

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Change of command and new crew on ISS

Thomas Pesquet became commander of the ISS this week, taking over from JAXA astronaut and fellow Crew-2 member Akihiko Hoshide. Thomas will hold this role until before Crew-2 return to Earth in November. He is the fourth European and the first French commander of the ISS. Pesquet accepted his new position during a traditional ceremony of a key being handed over to him by Hoshide.

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Space Sustainability: Preserving the Usability of Outer Space

Satellites orbiting the Earth provide many tangible benefits to billions of people around the world on a daily basis. However, space is becoming increasingly congested and the continuity of these benefits cannot be taken for granted. For more than a decade, Secure World Foundation (SWF) has focused its efforts promoting the sustainable use of outer space.

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