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President Macron’s State Visit To China Highlights Sino-French Space Cooperation

On 6 November 2019, on the occasion of President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to the People’s Republic of China, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Zhang Kejian, Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), signed in the presence of Presidents Macron and Xi Jinping a …

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UK’s Surrey Satellite Ships ELSA-D Target Satellite To Japan’s Astroscale

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) has shipped a 16kg Target satellite for Astroscale’s End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration (ELSA-d) mission to Tokyo, where it will be bolted to the Chaser satellite for environmental testing ahead of launch in 2020. The ELSA-d mission is designed to simulate capture of orbital debris …

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ViaSat Terminals Undergo UK Skynet MILSATCOM Assurance And Certification Process

Viasat Inc. reports that its Multi-Mission Terminal (MMT), the AN/TSC-241, has started the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Skynet satellite communications (SATCOM) architecture assurance and certification process, which will authorize the terminal’s operation on the Skynet X-band system as well as other government and commercial networks. Viasat expects to complete …

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UK Space Agency To Provide $9.5 Million Funding To Virgin Orbit For Cornwall Spaceport Use

Spaceport Cornwall, courtesy Virgin Orbit

The UK Space Agency will award £7.35 million to Virgin Orbit UK Limited, the UK branch of U.S. launch operator Virgin Orbit, to enable horizontal launch of small satellites at Cornwall Airport Newquay, it was confirmed on 5 November 2019. The funding will help to develop advanced ground support equipment, …

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Finland’s ICEYE Partners With RS Metrics To Monitor Global Iron Ore Stockpile

ICEYE, the global leader in small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RS Metrics to jointly offer to the commodities market the world’s first global SAR-based iron ore inventories dataset with up to daily updates. Access to the dataset …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Space Resources: Make it a Priority for Your Politicians – Space19+ is coming

In this article, Simon Drake, MD of Space Ventures Investors, CEO of Space Commodities Exchange, and organiser of Space Resources Community Voice, explores the reasons why space really has to rise to the top of politicians’ lists of priorities and why it’s down to us to do something about it.  …

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French Space Agency Promotes Small Satellites For Sustainable Development At COSPAR

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was at the 4th Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) symposium that is taking place in Herzliya, Israel, from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November 2019 on the theme of “Small Satellites for Sustainable Science and Development.” Formed in 1958, COSPAR is …

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UK And Australia Partner For Satellite Monitoring Of Pacific Islands Under Climate Change Threat

The UK Space Agency is looking for project ideas, to be delivered through UK aid, that use the data collected by satellites to improve decision-making for disaster risk reduction, ocean monitoring, mangrove mapping and maritime management. This will also see Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation …

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Market for Earth observation data and services forecast to grow by 9% annually over next decade

In its new survey titled, “Satellite-Based Earth Observation Market Prospects to 2028”, Euroconsult forecasts that the market for data and services derived from Earth observation (EO) satellites is expected to grow by 9.4 percent each year for the next ten years for a total upside market value of $12.1 billion …

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