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Scottish Highlands Spaceport Plans Protested By Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion, the British environmental pressure group that stages mass protests against climate change, has condemned plans to build the UK’s first vertical launch spaceport in Sutherland, located in the Scottish Highlands. The proposed satellite launch site will be located nearby a protected stretch of peatland at Melness, near Tongue, …

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Airbus’ Pléiades Neo Imaging Satellites Are On Track For Launch In Mid-2020

The first two Airbus-built Pléiades Neo imaging satellites have started comprehensive environmental testing to ensure they are ready for in-orbit operation, Airbus announced on 24 February 2020. During the tests, the satellites are subjected to extreme temperatures and vacuum, vibration and acoustic noise, as well as electromagnetic interference. This will …

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Egnos Payload Enters Service On EUTELSAT 5 West B

Eutelsat Communications announced on 14 February 2020 that the GEO-3 payload of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), a hosted payload aboard its EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite, has successfully entered into service. EUTELSAT 5 West B is hosting the Eutelsat-procured EGNOS payload under a 15-year agreement signed in …

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Belgian Development Agency Partners With SES To Connect Foreign Aid Projects In Africa Via Satellite

The Belgian development agency Enabel and SES S.A., a leader in global content connectivity solutions, will deliver satellite-based communications for the development and foreign aid projects spearheaded by the Belgian and other European governments. Under the multi-year framework contract awarded following a public tender, SES will bring managed end-to-end connectivity …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Sonay Sarac On The Destabilizing Effects Of Rendezvous And Proximity Operations

One of the more notable space stories of the past few weeks is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in …

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Data From French-Chinese CFOSAT Satellite On Stream For Scientific Community

Initial observations from the first joint science mission between France and China, received from the the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT), satellite launched 29 October 2018, are now offering new insights into the ocean surface. On 19 February 2020, the French and Chinese space agencies gave the go-ahead on the recommendation …

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Globalstar Launches SPOT Mapping Platform With New Terrain Details And Weather Overlays

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. and a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, has introduced its new mapping software, SPOT Mapping. This new platform gives adventurers and lone workers enhanced location insights, including granular detail about terrain to aid navigation, and, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Alexandra Stickings On The Difficulties Of Achieving Stability With Rendezvous And Proximity Operations

One of the more notable space stories of the past few weeks is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: A View From The Party–My Perspective On OneWeb’s Successful Commercial Launch

By Ewan Lawrenson On 7 February 2020, global communications company OneWeb successfully launched 34 satellites aboard a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was the second successful launch in OneWeb’s campaign to build its phase one constellation of 648 satellites to deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity. …

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