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British Military Space: UK’s DSTL Puts Out Tender For Project Oberon SAR Satellite

The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down has issued a tender for the development of a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite reconnaissance system that weighs less than 500 kilograms, with the aim of having an on-orbit demonstrator satellite by 2022 and the start of an operational …

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Slovenia’s SPACE-SI Selects Arianespace Vega SLV For NEMO-HD Microsatellite Launch

Arianespace has been chosen by the Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies (SPACE-SI) to launch the Next-Generation Earth Monitoring and Observation High-Definition (NEMO-HD) microsatellite on the Vega launch vehicle as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept (POC) flight in 2019. NEMO-HD, the …

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UK’s VESTA Maritime Safety Satellite In Orbit After SpaceX Launch

British built VESTA telecommunications satellite will improve safety and security for commercial shipping. The first of its kind satellite was launched on 3 December 2018 into a 575 km sun-synchronous orbit as part of Spaceflight’s SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission on-board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenburg Air Force Base, …

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Spain’s MASMOVIL Group Signs Deal With Eurobroadband Infrastructure For KA-SAT Satellite Broadband

MASMOVIL Group, Spain’s fourth largest telecommunications operator, has signed an agreement with Eutelsat’s subsidiary, Eurobroadband Infrastructure, to distribute broadband services to under-connected areas across the country via the KA-SAT satellite. Launched in 2010, KA-SAT is a powerful satellite delivering broadband services across Europe, notably Spain, through 82 spotbeams connected to …

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SpaceX Successfully Launches SmallSat Express For Middle East, European, and Asian Customers

SpaceX successfully launched its Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission to low-Earth orbit on Monday, 3 December 2018 at 10:34am PST, from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California using a Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicle. A total of 64 spacecraft from 34 organizations will be …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Case For LeoSat – New Orbits, New Opportunities

By Ronald van der Breggen When talking about GEO versus NGSO systems – predominantly LEO and MEO – one typically ends up in a discussion about latency and how MEO and LEO are capable of offering much lower latencies relative to the traditional GEO satellites. Alternatively one may also end …

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Brexit Lost In Orbit: UK Officially Withdraws From Galileo; UK Space Minister Resigns

Britain has officially withdrawn from the European Union’s (EU) Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) because of fears that the UK will have no influence over the technological and policy direction of the satellite project after the country leaves the EU early in 2019. The decision reflects one of the …

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UK’s Surrey Satellite Announces DoT-4 Lunar Comms Mission For 2021

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) announced on 26 November 2018 that it is designing a low cost 35 kilogram lunar communications satellite mission called DoT-4, targeted for a 2021 launch. DoT-4 will provide the communications relay back to Earth using the Goonhilly Deep Space Network, and will link up with …

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SpaceWatch.Global Launches SpaceWatch Europe On 1 December 2018

SpaceWatch.Global is proud to announce that SpaceWatch Europe starts official publication as of 1 December 2018. The launch of SpaceWatch Europe marks the further regional expansion of SpaceWatch.Global’s news coverage, opinion, and interviews on the intersection of space, technology, and geopolitics. As Europe braces for Brexit, is roiled by geopolitical …

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