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Goonhilly and Shetland Space Centre collaborate on launch and tracking capabilities

Against the backdrop of the UK’s flourishing NewSpace sector, Shetland Space Centre (SCC) and Goonhilly Earth Station are to partner to develop launch and tracking capabilities that will enable further development of the sector. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them working together on a …

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Brexit In Orbit: UK Space Industry Added 3,400 Jobs In Two Years In Spite Of Uncertainty

The UK’s space sector has seen significant growth in income, exports and employment with total income now standing at 14.8 billion pounds (U.S.$19.2 billion), Science Minister Chris Skidmore has announced. The main findings from the independent ‘UK space industry: size and health report’ show that, compared to the 2016 survey: …

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SatixFy Premieres Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Phased Array Antenna

UK-based Satixfy is unveiling its world’s first Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Array antenna at the SmallSat Symposium being held in Mountain View this week.  The 256 element Ku-band antenna, developed for IoT and mobility applications is being demonstrated in an Antenna Micro Test Range which will show its multi-beam capabilities, antenna …

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ESPI Brief: Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for Europe?

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. 17: ‘Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for Europe? ’, originally published in November 2017. 1. Solidification and Internationalisation of the Deep …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Markus Woltran of UNOOSA

Space activities within the United Nations Member States are growing apace and the amount of space faring nations is increasing. Enabling these countries to find their path to space is a key part of the work of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) which works to promote …

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Israel’s IAI And Germany’s OHB Join Forces On Lunar Surface Access Initiative

OHB System and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed an agreement that will see the companies collaborate on a commercial Lunar Surface Access Service (LSAS). The agreement, signed during the Ilon Ramon Space Conference on Tuesday, will provide a lunar lander that can allow payloads up to 150kg to the …

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Airbus Completes Systems Requirements Review For Telesat LEO Low-Latency Constellation

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the Telesat LEO Constellation System Requirements Review and is now working on the detailed design of the system. Development of key technologies for both space and ground segments will enable Airbus to offer solutions that not only meet Telesat’s ambitious requirements but also …

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Thales Alenia Space And SSL Complete Systems Requirements Review Of Telesat’s LEO Low-Latency SATCOM Constellation

Thales Alenia Space, the Joint Venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%)  and Space Systems Loral (SSL), a Maxar Technologies company, have completed an important milestone for the Telesat LEO constellation. The success of the consortium’s System Requirements Review (SRR) demonstrates increasing momentum for Telesat’s global communications system design and …

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European Military Space: European Union Commissioner Calls For European Space Force Discussion

Some unnamed European Union member states are discussing the possibility of creating a European space force according to Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, and Entrepreneurship and who is also in charge of EU space policy. “Several member states are considering just now ways to strengthen their …

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Luxembourg And Belgium To Cooperate In Exploration And Exploitation Of Space Resources

Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Kingdom of Belgium, and Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, signed a joint declaration at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels on 23 January 2019 in which the …

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