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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Let’s not make Newspace a paradise for hackers

by Dr Mathieu Bailly In the race to launch smallsats into low earth orbit quickly and cost-effectively, operators and manufacturers have compromised on security and left themselves vulnerable to cyber attacks. Let’s not make Newspace a paradise for hackers. Smallsat operators and manufacturers need to consider why their smallsats are …

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Russia calls parts of NASA Moon projects “too American-centric”

Paris, 13 October 2020. – Russia sees aspects of NASA’s Moon mission projects and Artemis as “too American-centric” and stresses the importance of international cooperation in space, the General Director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was quoted from the opening of the 71st International Astronautical Congress yesterday. “In our opinion, in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Three Sides of Mars

by Karim Michel Sabbagh “2030 Destination Mars” is the core theme of this scenario mapping exercise. The objective is to safely land a manned mission on the red planet and set up the foundation for a permanent presence. The outcome would usher the start of an era where mankind takes …

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Glonass to put layer of six new spacecraft in orbit by 2027

Paris, 5 October 2020. – The Russian navigation system Glonass is planning to launch half a dozen new satellites to improve the system’s accuracy, a Glonass executive told Tass news agency last week. “A high-orbit segment of the navigation system Glonass will begin to be created in 2021, with the …

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Axelspace and Gazprom combine their sensing and satellite systems for the energy sector

Berlin, 23 September 2020. – Axelspace Corporation cooperates with Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) to combine their remote sensing and satellite imagery technologies for the energy sector. With support from the Japanese conglomerate Mitsui, Axelspace and GSS  explore opportunities to deliver competitive remote sensing solutions especially to the energy industry by …

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Russian Avant Space plans to reach one billion people with advertising in space

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – The Russian company Avant Space plans to project so-called space banners, commercial advertising from micro satellites in space. Avant Space proposes to use a group of microsatellites equipped with a laser system to project images in the night sky and thus cover more than 130 cities …

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Oneweb to resume Arianespace launches in December 2020

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – OneWeb intends to resume its satellite launches on Soyuz in December 2020 and has amended its existing launch contracts with Arianespace, the London-based operator said today. The new plan removes two Soyuz launches and the inaugural Ariane-6 flight. “Launches for OneWeb are scheduled to resume …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Arctic Space Challenge for NATO Emerging from China’s Economic and Financial Assertiveness

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Joint Air Power Competence Centre, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Arctic Space Challenge for NATO Emerging from China’s Economic and Financial Assertiveness”, originally published in the Joint Air Power Competence Centre …

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Modernization of Sea Launch space facility to begin in two months

MOSCOW, 13 September 2020 – Reconstruction and modernization of the Sea Launch space complex, currently based in Russia’s Far East, is expected to begin in November 2020, Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said in a video posted on YouTube. “I think that [we need to] solve all problems, legal issues, and …

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