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Portugal Establishes National Space Agency Based In The Azores

Portugal has become the latest country to establish a national space agency. The new entity, called Portugal Space, will be headquartered in the Azores island of Santa Maria, the site of a proposed spaceport and a European Space Agency (ESA) Estrack tracking and telemetry station. Portugal Space was formally established …

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Spain’s Hispasat And Israel’s hiSky To Offer IoT And MSS Terminals In Mexico

Spanish satellite telecommunications operator Hispasat, has completed the successful installation of a hub at its gateway in Ixtlahuaca del Rayón (México) to manage the Smartellites™, hiSky terminals that offer mobile satellite services (MSS) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions through Amazonas-5 satellite Ka-band, which covers 79% of the Mexican population. …

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SSTL announces new Earth observation data contract with Airbus

Surrey Satellite Technology has signed a contract with Airbus to provide high resolution optical data from the SSTL S1-4, an Earth observation satellite which was launched in September 2018. Sarah Parker, Managing Director of SSTL said: “We are delighted with the performance of the SSTL S1-4 in orbit, demonstrated by …

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European Military Space: Romanian Space Agency Signs Space Situational Awareness Agreement With U.S. Strategic Command

U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) reached a milestone with the signing of its 100th space situational awareness agreement when the Romanian Space Agency signed an agreement with USSTRATCOM on 25 April 2019. These agreements foster openness, predictability of space operations and transparency in space activities. With the signing, Romania becomes the …

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UK’s Skyrora In Hunt For British Launch Sites For Upcoming Rocket Tests

Skyrora, the Edinburgh-based New Space launch company that is aiming to become the first UK private company to launch payloads into Earth orbit, is searching for launch sites in the British Isles from where it can conduct a series of launcher tests over the coming year, according to UK press …

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Germany To Draft New Space Laws And Regulations To Spur Lagging New Space Sector

Germany’s Ministry of Economy is drafting new space laws and regulations – that could be submitted to the Bundestag for ratification as soon as the end of this year – in order to incentivize the German private sector to invest in the rapidly growing global space sector, according to a …

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UK Export Agency Supports Airbus UK’s $325 Million TurkSat Contract

The UK’s International Trade Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox, announced on 25 April 2019 that UK Export Finance (UKEF) will support an Airbus Defence and Space Ltd UK contract with Turksat, the Turkish communications satellite operator. Airbus will manufacture and deliver, in orbit, two telecom satellites and a ground station, which …

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Airbus And Orbital Insight Launch Earth Monitor Service For Geopolitical And Economic Geospatial Intelligence

Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital Insight have expanded upon their partnership agreement to create Earth Monitor, a powerful change analysis and insights service which provides situation awareness over archived or newly tasked areas of interest. Earth Monitor, available through Airbus’ OneAtlas Platform, leverages Orbital Insight’s machine learning and computer …

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European New Space: Scotland’s Clyde Space Bags Polish Intuition-1 Hyperspectral CubeSat Contract

Clyde Space, the Scottish subsidiary of Swedish company ÅAC Microtec AB, has been tapped by Polish New Space company KP Labs to build the 6U CubeSat platform and arrange the launch of Intuition-1, the world’s first hyperspectral imaging CubeSat, according to a 23 April 2019 report in U.S. trade publication …

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Sweden’s ÅAC Microtec To Deliver Enhanced AIS Data Exclusively To ORBCOMM

ÅAC Microtec AB’s subsidiary, Clyde Space, announced on 9 April 2019 that it has partnered with ORBCOMM Inc., a global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, to provide two next-generation Automatic Identification System (AIS) microsatellites that will enhance ORBCOMM’s industry-leading satellite AIS service offering. As part …

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