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Planet and Airbus Collaborate on New Satellite Imagery Products

Taking the best of both company offerings, Planet and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly develop a new range of satellite imagery products. Both companies have different strengths. Planet’s small satellites deliver daily global coverage of the Earth in lower resolution and Airbus delivers high resolution, but with less …

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Pakistan’s PakTES-1A and PRSS-1 Set To Be Launched By China In July 2018

Pakistan is set to have its indigenously-built Earth observation satellite, PakTES-1A, as well as its Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS)-1, launched by China in July 2018 in a bid to catch up with its geopolitical rival, India. The 285kg PakTES-1A observatory satellite will be fItted with sensors and cameras; it …

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China Accused Of Hacking Into U.S. and Southeast Asian Satellites

Cyber security company Symantec has identified a Chinese hacking group (also called an Advanced Persistent Threat – APT) known as Thirp, which the company believes has the ability, potentially, to take over the computers of satellite communications operators in Southeast Asia and the United States that control their satellites. Reuters …

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UAE To Send First Astronaut To ISS In 2019 With Russian Help

UAE astronaut

The UAE has announced that its first astronaut will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2019 with the assistance of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. This confirms rumours circulating last month about the possibility of the UAE’s first astronaut being sent into orbit in 2019, despite the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Denis V. Lyskov of Glavkosmos

Glavkosmos is a subsidiary of Roscosmos State Space Corporation responsible for coordination of the international projects of ROSCOSMOS. The company has been on the market for more than 30 years now and has an impressive portfolio of more than 120 international contracts in space domain. We talked with Denis V. …

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#SpaceWatchGL EXCLUSIVE: Thailand’s mu Space Issues Proposal Request To Build A Satellite Covering Asia-Pacific

Thai New Space company, mu Space Corporation, has approved the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a manufacturer to build the company’s satellite with coverage spanning across Asia-Pacific. The high throughput satellite will be on a geostationary orbit (GEO) location at 50.5-degree East, an orbital slot secured on …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Update on UN efforts on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space

By Daniel A Porras [1] There is widespread concern about the prospect of space becoming militarised and it is a critical issue on the United Nation’s agenda. In this exclusive article, Daniel Porras, Space Security Fellow, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, gives an update on the efforts of the …

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Israeli Government To Make Decision On Home-Grown Or U.S.-Built Satellite

The Israeli government will shortly come to a decision on the manufacturer for its own satellite – and this has become a hot topic in industry and political circles. Perhaps somewhat controversially, Israeli satellite operator Spacecom decided to purchase its next satellite, AMOS-8, from Space Systems Loral, an American satellite …

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Australia’s Sky And Space Global Signs MoU With China’s Commsat To Tap Chinese IoT Market

Sky and Space Global (SAS), the UK-Israeli New Space company registered on the Australian Stock Exchange, announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese company Beijing Commsat Technology Development Co. in order to tap the massive Chinese Internet of Things (IoT) market. Commsat is a Beijing …

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