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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: The LEO Economy – An Emerging Opportunity

By the end of the next decade, the International Space Station (ISS) will be reaching the limits of its operational life. This beacon in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) has been a constant source of learning and knowledge since its first component was launched in 1998 and its first residents arrived …

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ICEYE Partners with ST Engineering to Develop South East Asia Markets for SAR Imagery and Analytics

ICEYE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a commercial reseller agreement with ST Engineering Geo-Insights Pte Ltd. to serve the commercial and government markets in South East Asia. As a part of the agreement, the two companies will provide mutual support to develop the regional and global market …

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UK’s Royal Air Force Loans Pilot For Virgin Orbit Missions

The Royal Air Force (RAF) and Virgin Orbit announced the next step in an exciting new space partnership with the selection of an RAF test pilot to be seconded to the small satellite launch program, pending U.S. and U.K. regulatory approvals. The announcement was made in Long Beach, California, aboard …

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Ethiopia’s EthioSat Platform Launches On SES NSS-12 Satellite

For years, Ethiopian TV viewers have had to navigate through a plethora of multinational content in a variety of foreign languages in order to locate their favourite channels. That changes today with the launch of Ethiosat – the first-ever dedicated Ethiopian TV platform to host Ethiopia’s most popular local channels. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Britain’s National Space Council: Putting the ‘bloody Union Jack’ on top of spacepower?

By Dr. Bleddyn Bowen We are delighted to publish a regular column of  Dr. Bleddyn Bowen, Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leicester. In this insight, Bleddyn discusses the concept of a UK National Space Council against a backdrop of Brexit and the current instability of the UK …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 34 – Toward a more strategic, assertive and united Europe in Space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 34: ‘Toward a more strategic, assertive and united Europe in Space’, originally published in September 2019. 1. Europe faces international challenges In her …

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Italian Air Force To Use Virgin Galactic For Suborbital Research Flight

Virgin Galactic has announced a new contract with the Italian Air Force for a research flight on the company’s SpaceShipTwo system during which Italian researchers will actively conduct experiments while they are in space. The contract marks the first time a government department has funded a human-tended research flight on …

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Astroscale And The University Of Southampton To Cooperate On Space Debris Removal Business Case

Astroscale, the market-leader in developing a service to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, has announced that it will collaborate with the University of Southampton on a project to investigate collision risks between satellites, highlighting the necessity for financial incentives for satellite operators to engage with active debris …

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Inmarsat signs agreement to start commercial flight trials of Iris air traffic modernisation programme

Inmarsat has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for phase two of the ground-breaking Iris air traffic modernisation programme, which will include important flight trials across Europe to assess the service in a real operational environment. Iris is being developed to deliver powerful benefits to European aviation …

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