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China’s Long March 2C Rocket Launches Military Surveillance Satellites Into Orbit

China successfully launched three national security satellites on board a Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on 24 March 2020, according to Chinese news media sources. The Long March 2C launched the sixth group of three Yaogan-30 intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) satellites from …

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Afghanistan Seeks Use Of Indian Satellite For Distance Learning During Covid-19 Crisis

In a recent South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) videoconference to develop a joint strategy to combat Covid-19, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani asked India to make a satellite available to Afghan residents to assist with online education and help ensure social distancing to prevent spread of the virus, according …

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Mitsubishi Electric Completes New Satellite Production Facility

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced on 18 February 2020 that it has completed construction of a new facility for the production of satellites at the company’s Kamakura Works in Kamakura, Japan. Together with existing facilities, Mitsubishi Electric’s combined annual capacity will increase to 18 satellites, up from 10 at present, which …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: We Must Fight Climate Change Like It’s World War III–Here Are 4 Potent Weapons To Deploy

Lukas Coch/AAP David Blair, University of Western Australia; Bruce Hobbs, CSIRO; David Franklin Treagust, Curtin University, and Malcolm McCulloch, University of Western Australia This article is part of a series in The Conversation on radical ideas to solve the environmental crisis. In 1896 Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius explored whether Earth’s …

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CNES Gives Go-Ahead For CNES-ISRO Trishna And Space Inspire SATCOMs

The Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) Board of Directors convened for its 362nd session on 12 March 2020. During this meeting, they gave the go-ahead to engage France in the development of the French-Indian Trishna programme and to pursue activities for the new Space Inspire series of flexible satellites, as …

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#SpaceWatchGL Quick Takes: First Recorded ‘Marsquakes’ Reveal The Red Planet’s Rumbling Guts

NASA/JPL?Cornell Katarina Miljkovic, Curtin University We’ve all heard of earthquakes, but what about marsquakes? NASA’s InSight mission has, for the first time, recorded seismic activity coming from Mars’ interior. The observations, recorded in 2019 and published today, will help understand the red planet’s internal structure, composition and dynamics. It opens …

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Rocket Lab’s Next Mission To Launch Satellites For NASA, NRO And The University Of New South Wales

Rocket Lab, a space technology company and the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, announced on 9 March 2020 that its next mission will deploy payloads for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra Space. …

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Kacific1 Broadband Services Begin Across Asia Pacific

Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites Group announced on 9 March 2020 that its first communications satellite, KACIFIC1, has entered commercial service and is ready to support customers across the Asia-Pacific. Designed and manufactured by Boeing, KACIFIC1 is a high-throughput, Ka-band satellite which successfully launched on 16 December 2019 from Cape Canaveral, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: How Space Technologies Help Fight The Coronavirus In China (Part 2)

By Yue Yuan In this two-part study, exclusive to SpaceWatch.Global, researcher Yue Yuan examines the role of satellite technologies in detecting and monitoring the ongoing outbreak of the Coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – and their wider role in national and global public health. Satellite Remote Sensing and Earth …

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