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Denmark’s GomSpace And Lockheed Martin Team Up To Build Nanosatellite For UK’s Orbital Micro Systems

GomSpace and Lockheed Martin Space announced on 18 December 2019 their agreement to develop and deliver a tailored GomSpace 6U nanosatellite to Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) in the United Kingdom. The contract is worth 17 MSEK (U.S.$1.81 million) and will be financed through an industrial corporation commitment made by Lockheed …

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France And Senegal Step Up Satellite Imagery Sharing And Cooperation, Space-Based Air Navigation

The President of the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales  (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, visited Dakar, Senegal, on 12 December 2019 to take part in the commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). Speaking to …

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UK’s OneWeb To Use Altius Space Machines Tech For Space Debris Mitigation

OneWeb, whose goal is to connect everyone everywhere, and OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb are coming together to advance the OneWeb Responsible Space program with a commitment to implement an advanced-technology grappling fixture, developed by Altius Space Machines, on OneWeb’s satellites. Dedicated to the idea that …

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ESA’s Exoplanet Mission, Cheops, Scheduled for Liftoff

Cheops, the CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite, is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 09:54 CET on 17 December 2019. Cheops is ESA’s first mission dedicated to the study of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets. It will observe bright stars that are already known …

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Airbus Validates OPTIMA Photonics Payload For Laser SATCOM

Airbus has validated and demonstrated photonic satellite payload technology to Technology Readiness Level 6, the last level before prototype in orbit, through the OPTIMA Horizon 2020 project. This proof of concept demonstrator brings the use of photonic payloads in telecommunications satellites one step closer. Photonic payloads have the potential to …

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First Satellite Of Cosmo-SkyMed SAR Second Generation Ready For Launch

The first satellite COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG-1) is ready to be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation or CSG (COnstellation of Satellites for the Mediterranean basin Observation), is a dual use (civil and defence) constellation of two satellites  promoted by the Italian Space Agency and the …

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ND Satcom Selects Work Microwave A-Series DVB-S2X Gateways

For its leading network product portfolio SKYWAN 5G, with hybrid MF-TDMA and DVB-S2X, ND Satcom has selected Work Microwave’s A-Series DVB-S2X modulator platform. The SKYWAN 5G DVB solution features a unique two-way broadband satellite communication network for high-quality services, combining the widely adopted DVB-S2/S2X transmission standard with the ND Satcom …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl of the International Institute for Space Law

The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) is the global association for space law with individual and institutional members from almost 50 countries. The IISL’s key mission is the promotion of further development of space law and expansion of the rule of law in the exploration and use of outer …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Jana Robinson of Prague Security Studies Institute

The mission of the Prague Security Studies Institute is to help safeguard and strengthen the individual freedoms and democratic institutions of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. PSSI is dedicated to the education and training of new generations of security-minded students and young professionals, including through its …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Why we don’t understand what a space race means

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Prof. Mai’a K. Davis Cross, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Why we don’t understand what a space race means ”, originally published on 7 December 2019 in International Affairs by Oxford …

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