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Egypt’s TIBA-1 Military Communications Satellite Headed For Guiana Space Centre Launch

TIBA-1, the communications satellite for the Government of Egypt developed by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) left the Airbus Defence and Space clean rooms in Toulouse. The spacecraft was flown to French Guiana on 16 October 2019, ahead of its launch from Kourou on an Ariane 5. Airbus Defence …

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Finland’s Iceye Makes High-Resolution SAR Imagery Commercially Available

ICEYE, the global leader in small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, has announced that its recently developed Spotlight imaging mode, which enables 1-meter radar imaging from the company’s satellite constellation, is now commercially available to its customers around the world. ICEYE Spotlight imaging is purpose-built to achieve a high resolution …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Astro Digital Payload From New Zealand

Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has successfully launched its ninth Electron mission, deploying a single spacecraft to orbit for satellite manufacturer Astro Digital. The mission, named ‘As The Crow Flies,’ lifted off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula at 01:22 UTC, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Australia: well placed to join the Moon mining race … or is it?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Prof. Andrew Dempster, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Australia: well placed to join the Moon mining race … or is it?”, originally published 15 February 2019 at The Conversation. It’s 50 years since man …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Martin Coleman of Satcoms Innovation Group

When it comes to Carrier ID and other new innovations, Satcoms Innovation Group is an organisation leading the way. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening spoke to Martin Coleman, Executive Director of Satcoms Innovation Group, during IBC 2019 about the business, its key activities, members and future challenges and opportunities. So Martin, what is …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Behind the Second Modi-Xi Informal Summit, the Wuhan Spirit Is Fraying

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Behind the Second Modi-Xi Informal Summit, the Wuhan Spirit Is Fraying”, originally published 10 October 2019 at The Diplomat. In this week’s column for The …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Spectrum Interference: 5G and Meteorological Observations

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Secure World Foundation, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “ Spectrum Interference: 5G and Meteorological Observations”, originally published 10 October 2019 at Secure World Foundation Website. By Krystal Wilson, Director of Space Applications Programs and Josh …

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Spire Global Launches AirSafe – An Aircraft Tracking Technology That Uses ADS-B

Spire Global, the world’s largest privately-owned earth observation constellation of satellites for advanced weather data, maritime analytics, and aircraft tracking, has announced the company’s first product from Spire Aviation with the launch of their new AirSafe API. Spire Aviation’s AirSafe product uses Low Earth Orbit ADS-B technology combined with leading …

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UAE And Russia Boost Space Cooperation With Putin Abu Dhabi Visit

Following his successful visit to Saudi Arabia, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, on 15-16 October 2019 where UAE-Russian space cooperation featured prominently on the diplomatic agenda. President Putin’s visit to Abu Dhabi comes weeks after the first Emirati astronaut, Hazza …

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Luxembourg’s OQ Technology Tests 5G IoT Capability On GomSpace CubeSats

OQ Technology, a Luxembourg-based satellite IoT and M2M service company has successfully tested Narrow-Band IoT waveforms and synchronisation procedures using a third-party nanosatellite. The Tiger mission, which was approved and signed on 26 July 2019, demonstrates that NB-IoT technology can be used on flying Software-Defined Radio payloads by uploading the …

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