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SatixFy Premieres Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Phased Array Antenna

UK-based Satixfy is unveiling its world’s first Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Array antenna at the SmallSat Symposium being held in Mountain View this week.  The 256 element Ku-band antenna, developed for IoT and mobility applications is being demonstrated in an Antenna Micro Test Range which will show its multi-beam capabilities, antenna …

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Rwanda Collaborates with Japan to Launch Satellite this Year

The Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Authority’s (RURA) Director General, Patrick Nyirishema, has confirmed that it is planning to launch the country’ inaugural satellite later this year. According to the New Times, this could happen as soon as after the Transform Africa Summit, which will take place in Kigali from 7-10 …

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ESPI Brief: Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for 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. 17: ‘Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for Europe? ’, originally published in November 2017. 1. Solidification and Internationalisation of the Deep …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Markus Woltran of UNOOSA

Space activities within the United Nations Member States are growing apace and the amount of space faring nations is increasing. Enabling these countries to find their path to space is a key part of the work of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) which works to promote …

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Australian National University Use Satellite Technology To Predict Droughts, Brushfires

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have used new space technology to predict droughts and increased bushfire risk up to five months in advance. ANU researcher Siyuan Tian said the team knew they needed to move into space to get closer to understanding the complex nature of drought. They …

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Israel’s IAI And Germany’s OHB Join Forces On Lunar Surface Access Initiative

OHB System and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed an agreement that will see the companies collaborate on a commercial Lunar Surface Access Service (LSAS). The agreement, signed during the Ilon Ramon Space Conference on Tuesday, will provide a lunar lander that can allow payloads up to 150kg to the …

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Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Describe Growing Chinese And Russian Space Threats

U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Dan Coats, along with the heads of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), gave testimony to the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence about the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: The Race to the Launchpad – Private Launch Companies in China

By Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan One could be correct in saying that China has a history of firing rockets into the sky. The earliest evidence of fireworks dates back to the ninth century Tang Dynasty, and over the last thousand-plus years, China has continued to put on some of the world’s …

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Russia Positions Its Moon Programme As Alternative To U.S. Lunar-Orbit Gateway Station

Russia is preparing a national concept for Moon exploration by March 2019, according to the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. This news comes after the U.S. national space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration  (NASA), put forward its Lunar Gateway project which will see the agency construct a gateway …

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Airbus Completes Systems Requirements Review For Telesat LEO Low-Latency Constellation

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the Telesat LEO Constellation System Requirements Review and is now working on the detailed design of the system. Development of key technologies for both space and ground segments will enable Airbus to offer solutions that not only meet Telesat’s ambitious requirements but also …

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