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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ian Jones of Goonhilly

The UK space sector is truly on the up. Years of hard work preparing the ground are finally paying off. With recent announcements promising long awaited spaceports, and the rapid growth and leadership of the UK in the smallsat industry, iconic Goonhilly Teleport is looking forward to a glittering future. …

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China Developing In-Orbit Transport Vehicle For Satellite Life Extension

With a number of Western satellite companies developing in-orbit servicing capabilities that can refuel, maintain, and even upgrade communications satellites already in orbit, it was only a matter of time before China started to develop its own capability. Last week Chinese engineers announced that they have done just that, but …

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Australian Government Announces Development of Sovereign Launch Technologies

The Australian Government will fund the development of a rocket engine as part of the creation of a sovereign launch capability. Last week, it announced government support for Australian based research into rocket propulsion technology and suggested that launching satellites could soon become a reality in Australia. The Responsive Access …

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Australia’s Fleet Space Opens Internet Of Things SATCOM Ground Station

Australian New Space satellite communications company Fleet Space opened a satellite ground station last week as part of its mission to build a constellation of small satellites and associated ground infrastructure to provide connectivity for the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The station, located at Pinkerton Plains about 70 kilometres north of Adelaide, opened …

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Australia’s Kleos Space Signs Contract With GomSpace For Nanosatellite Constellation Build

Kleos Space, the New Space space-based intelligence and geolocation company registered on the Australian Stock Exchange and headquartered in Luxembourg, has signed a contract with Danish-based small satellite manufacturer GomSpace for the supply of a Nanosatellite constellation. The contract was signed on 26 July 2018 by Andy Bowyer, CEO of …

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China’s COSCO Shipping Line Falls Victim To Ransomware Attack In Americas

The China Ocean Shipping Group Company, popularly known as COSCO, has fallen victim to a ransomware attack connected to its operations in the Americas and has resulted in the company being completely disconnected from the Internet, severing communications between COSCO, its vendors, and its clients. According to reports, the ransomware …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: A Forgotten Disc. A Path to Peace. by Michelle Hanlon

Nestled inside a protective aluminum shell is a silicon disc about the size of a United States half dollar.  Inscribed on this disc are microscopic messages from leaders of 73 nations solicited by Thomas Paine, then head of NASA.  The messages, intended to be left on the Moon for posterity, …

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Singapore’s Astroscale To Open Satellite Control Facility In United Kingdom

Singaporean New Space company Astroscale has announced that it will open a National In-Orbit Servicing Control Facility in Harwell, UK. Astroscale is among the most high-profile company looking to remove space debris from orbit. This UK facility, which will open at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, Oxfordshire, will support …

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Australia’s Gilmour Space Appoints Top U.S. Space Experts To Advisory Board

Gilmour Space, the Australian and Singaporean New Space launch company, has announced the appointment of two space veterans, Pamela Melroy, a former NASA astronaut, and Dava Newman, former Deputy Administrator of NASA, to its advisory board, as it prepares to enter the global small launch market in 2020. “We are …

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