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ESPI Brief 28: China is One Step Closer to the Moon… and Europe?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 28: ‘China is One Step Closer to the Moon… and Europe?’, originally published in January 2019. 1. Chang’e-4: A New Step Towards a …

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Climate Change: WattTime Partners With Google To Measure Power Plant Emissions By Satellite

WattTime, an American not-for-profit fighting climate change, announced on 7 May 2019 a new project, funded by a U.S.$1.7 million grant from Google.org, which will use a global network of satellites to measure carbon emissions from all large power plants worldwide and render the information public. WattTime and a group …

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Sky And Space Global Announces New Pre-Launch Customer Agreements; Pivots To Global Coverage Constellation

Sky and Space Global Ltd. (SAS) has announced that seven new potential revenue opportunities have been put in place since the Company announced, on 9 April 2019, its plans to progress a Global Coverage constellation for the growing demand in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) sectors. Commenting …

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British Military Space: Leaked Defence Space Strategy Cites Expanding Threats, Proposes Protective Measures And New Satellites

The UK’s long awaited defence space strategy has been leaked to The Times, one of Britain’s leading newspapers, and reveals a growing acknowledgement of threats against satellites by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and hints at the development and procurement of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and positioning, navigation, and …

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PTScientists and ArianeGroup Cooperate on Future Lunar Missions

PTScientists and ArianeGroup agreed on 8 May 2019 in Berlin on a far-reaching cooperation. The contract governs the cooperation between the two companies for future Moon missions such as the planned ISRU mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and beyond. The signing took place at the Zeiss-Grossplanetarium in Berlin …

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Hughes India And Airtel Announce New Satellite Venture For Enterprise And Government Services

Hughes Communications India Ltd, (HCIL), a majority-owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the world’s leading provider of  broadband satellite networks and services, and Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, announced on 7 May 2019 an agreement to combine their Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) operations …

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European Space Launch: ArianeSpace Starts Manufacturing First Batch Of Ariane 6 Launch Vehicles

Following the initial institutional and commercial launch orders for Ariane 6 obtained by Arianespace since the autumn of 2017, and the resolution of the ESA Council on 17 April 2019 related to the rocket’s exploitation framework, ArianeGroup is starting to build the first series-production batch of 14 Ariane 6 launchers. …

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LeoSat’s Business Viability Boosted By $2 Billion In Pre-Launch Commercial Agreements

LeoSat Enterprises announced on 7 May 2019 that it has signed more than U.S.$2 billion in commercial agreements ahead of launching the world’s fastest, most secure and widest coverage data network delivered over a constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites. These pre-launch agreements signal strong demand for LeoSat’s business backbone in space …

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Europe’s SpaceDataHighway EDRS-C Ready To Launch In July 2019

The EDRS-C satellite, the second node of the SpaceDataHighway network (also known as the European Data Relay System – EDRS), will be launched into geostationary orbit at 31° East on 24 July 2019 by an Ariane 5 launcher. Once positioned above Europe, it will provide redundant back-up for the SpaceDataHighway system, double …

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UAE Astronauts Have Customized Seats Made For Soyuz MS-15 ISS Mission

A team of specialised engineers from the Russian space agency Roscosmos designed two custom Soyuz MS-15 seats for Emirati astronauts Hazzaa Al Mansoori and Sultan Al Neyadi, following the official announcement of the launch date of the first Arab and Emirati astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) …

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