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Armenia’s President Signs Package Of Space Activity Laws

The president of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, signed into law a package of space activity legislation on 26 March 2020 that amend existing laws and regulations to expand state and commercial space activity in Armenia. President Sarkissian signed legislation that supplements the Armenian tax code, state duty law, licensing law, administrative …

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OneWeb Confirms Third Launch; Dedicates It To Late Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov

OneWeb, the global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone everywhere, confirmed its next launch will take place on Saturday, 21 March 2020 at 17:06 GMT from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The second launch for OneWeb in 2020, these additional 34 satellites will bring the …

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UK’s OneWeb Receives Permission To Operate In Armenia

British-headquartered satellite communications company OneWeb has received permission to operate in the South Caucasus country of Armenia, according to the company’s CEO Adrián Steckel in a 1 March 2020 interview with Russian newspaper Vedomosti. “We have signed a memorandum of understanding with Georgia, Kazakhstan and Armenia also because our constellation can play …

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Soyuz Rocket Launches Russian Military Satellite After One-Month Delay

A Russian military communications satellite rode a Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage on 20 February 2020 into an orbit stretching nearly 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) above Earth, successfully launching after a one-month delay to replace a suspect third stage on the Soyuz booster. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off with …

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Russia Attempts To Shift Blame To United States Over Satellite Inspection Allegations

The Russian government has accused the United States of using an allegation that two Russian satellites are stalking a US reconnaissance satellite as an excuse to “fuel an arms race in space,” according to Sputnik, a Russian media outlet. A spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik that the …

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France And Russia Hold Space Cooperation Talks In Moscow

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos, met for a status check on the development of the two nations’ cooperation in space. The meeting was hosted by the French ambassador to Russia, Pierre Levy, at the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Bleddyn Bowen On Russia’s RPO With America’s NRO

One of the more notable space stories of the past week is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in Earth orbit, SpaceWatch.Global …

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Indian Astronaut Candidates Start Training In Russia

The Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) has started the planned training programme of Indian astronaut candidates under the contract between Glavkosmos, JSC (part of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos) and the Human Spaceflight Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). After a thorough selection process, the …

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