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South Korea’s Chollian-2B Environmental Satellite To Launch In February 2020

South Korean environmental monitoring and oceanographic satellite Chollian-2B is expected to be launched on board an Arianespace Ariane-5 satellite launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre on 18 February 2020, according to the South Korean Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technology. Chollian-2B is fitted with two sensors, the Geostationary …

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India’s GSAT-30 And Eutelsat’s Konnect Prepared For First Ariane 5 Launch Of 2020

Payload integration is underway for Arianespace’s first mission of 2020 – designated Flight VA251 – which will orbit satellites at the service of two long-time partners using an Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Recent activity at the Spaceport in French Guiana included initial steps in creating the dual-payload configuration, with Eutelsat’s …

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Indonesia In Talks With Russia To Launch First Astronaut

Indonesia is understood to be in talks with Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, about the possibility of Russia training and launching the Southeast Asian country’s first astronaut. This makes Indonesia the latest country to be in talks with Russia about its human spaceflight ambitions, with Turkey, Hungary, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, …

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South Korea’s KAI To Build Three Remote Sensing Satellites By 2025

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on 31 December 2019 that South Korea’s largest aerospace company, the Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), has announced that it will build three remote sensing satellites with the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) by 2025. KAI and KARI will jointly develop and build the …

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Macao Contributes To Chinese Space Exploration With Satellite And Research Centre

Macao’s first space exploration satellite was named Macao Science 1, the special administrative region (SAR)’s Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Tam Chon Weng announced Sunday at an opening ceremony of an aerospace exhibition. During the opening ceremony, vice administrator of China National Space Administration (CNSA) Wu Yanhua also announced …

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5th PSSI Space Security Conference Summary Report is online

We are pleased to pass along the 5th PSSI Space Security Conference Summary Report that was just released. The gathering, entitled “Evolution of the Counterspace Threat and Strengthening of International Space Partnerships”, was convened in Prague on June 9-11, 2019 in partnership with Japan’s Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center (CSICE), the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: My 2019 in a review – by Carla Sharpe

SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2019 and provide an outlook into 2020. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is Carla Sharpe of South African Radio Astronomy Observatory. by Carla Sharpe National governments require significant amounts of information in order to make real …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: My 2019 in a review – The 2020s – Challenges And Risks In Space – By Dr. Malcolm Davis

SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2019 and provide an outlook into 2020. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is Dr. Malcolm Davis of  The Australian Strategic Policy Institute. By Dr. Malcolm Davis With 2019 approaching its end, looking ahead to the 2020s, …

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Chinese Lasers Accurately Detect Space Debris

Chinese researchers have improved the accuracy in detecting space junk in earth’s orbit, providing a more effective way to plot safe routes for spacecraft maneuvers. “The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one!” exclaimed C-3PO as Han Solo directed the Millennium Falcon into an asteroid …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: My 2019 in a review – by Dr. Moriba Jah

SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2019 and provide an outlook into 2020. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is Dr. Moriba Jah of The University of Texas. by Dr. Moriba Jah The year began with the 29th AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, …

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