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Arctic Space: U.S. Geospatial Agency Taps GeoNorth To Provide Arctic Surveillance

The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awarded GeoNorth Information Systems (GNIS) a five-year, U.S.$15 million contract for persistent surveillance services of the Arctic region. Lockheed Martin will provide a scalable geospatial processing platform to enable the surveillance project. GNIS will leverage Lockheed Martin’s Rosetta technology, which includes a versatile and …

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Slovenia’s SPACE-SI Selects Arianespace Vega SLV For NEMO-HD Microsatellite Launch

Arianespace has been chosen by the Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies (SPACE-SI) to launch the Next-Generation Earth Monitoring and Observation High-Definition (NEMO-HD) microsatellite on the Vega launch vehicle as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept (POC) flight in 2019. NEMO-HD, the …

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Australian New Space: Fleet Space Technology’s Centauri-I Operating In Orbit

Fleet Space Technologies’ second Centauri nanosatellite was successfully launched aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 SSO-A mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base, in California. This is the fourth commercial satellite launched by the Adelaide-based Internet of Things (IoT) startup in the past month, after Centauri I was launched aboard Indian Space Research …

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UK’s VESTA Maritime Safety Satellite In Orbit After SpaceX Launch

British built VESTA telecommunications satellite will improve safety and security for commercial shipping. The first of its kind satellite was launched on 3 December 2018 into a 575 km sun-synchronous orbit as part of Spaceflight’s SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission on-board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenburg Air Force Base, …

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Russia’s Roscosmos Fires Back At Barrage Of Criticism And Whiff Of Scandal

Following a string of high-profile incidents, failures, and corruption scandals and allegations, Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, has hit back at its Russian and international critics in a bizarre claim that criticism of the struggling space programme is an “information attack” designed to discredit Roscosmos and its efforts at reforming …

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India’s Heaviest Communication Satellite GSAT-11 Launched Successfully From French Guiana

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) heaviest and most-advanced high throughput communication satellite GSAT-11 was successfully launched from the spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours of 5 December 2018. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-246 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 02:07 am (Indian Standard …

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Japan’s NHK Partners With Eutelsat To Broadcast World’s First 8K Channel

NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, has partnered with Eutelsat Communications to launch the world’s first 8K network; BS8K. The live broadcast took place on 2 December 2018 from the Vatican where images were transmitted to Tokyo via EUTELSAT 12 West B satellite with a mobile uplink provided by M-three Satcom. This …

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Arianespace Orbits GSAT-11 And GEO-KOMPSAT-2A For Indian And Korean Space Agencies

Arianespace has successfully orbited two satellites: GSAT-11 for ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A for KARI (Korea Aerospace Research Institute). With this mission dedicated to space applications for telecommunications and meteorology, Arianespace once again contributes to the improvement of life on Earth. The sixth Ariane 5 launch of the …

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China’s New Space Race: U.S. Space Official Concerned China Is Skewing Commercial Space Competition

A senior U.S. space official has told SpaceWatch.Global of the Trump administration’s concern that Chinese commercial and trade practices are distorting the international commercial space market, and that the U.S. does not envision any form of space cooperation with China as a result. In a wide-ranging interview with SpaceWatch.Global, Dr. …

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