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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Cosmos at a Crossroads – Navigating Astronomy and Satellite Mega-Constellations

ESA illustration of space debris. Credit ESA

Outer space presents myriad concepts for jointly creating inspiration and opportunity as well as challenges. With over 8,000 satellites currently in Earth orbit, reliance on satellite services for communications, imaging, and navigation has become ubiquitous to enhancing the quality of life on Earth. In fact, satellite communication has been deemed a public good since the early 1960s, which has enabled public reliance on space-based telecommunications. Other key satellite applications include weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and navigation support for global transportation.

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Space Cafe “33 minutes with Kevin O’Connell” – Space Crossroads: Regulation, Protectionism, and the Quest for International Cooperation – recap

In the rapidly evolving arena of strategic space utilization, the upcoming Space Café delves into critical issues shaping the future of space diplomacy. Drawing insights from the Munich Security Conference and recent global events, the discussion underscores the necessity of international cooperation in space, likened to Earth's own need for harmony among nations. The conversation explores the dichotomy of fostering collaboration amidst rising protectionism and the shadow of alliances between anti-democratic forces. Mr O’Connell will examine the current state of space regulation in the U.S., juxtapose it with European initiatives, and debate whether these actions could border on protectionism. The conversation will extend to the importance of trust in international partnerships, data reliability, and the overarching challenges and potential pathways to achieving a unified global approach to space governance. This session aims to unravel the complexities of space diplomacy, emphasizing the critical infrastructure space represents and the collective dependence on its secure and equitable use.

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SkyServe Partners Loft Orbital for Mission Denali

SkyServe has announced a partnership with Loft Orbital towards Mission Denali to deploy SkyServe STORM, its in-space edge computing platform, on YAM-6. As a result, Mission Denali will leverage Sensing and Compute Resources on YAM-6 to deliver insights from space. By processing multispectral and hyperspectral data in real-time, SkyServe STORM aims to define the paradigm of space-based data processing, delivering insights processed from the edge.

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Xiphos Selected by LEOcloud for its Space Edge IAAS Datacenters

LEOcloud and Xiphos Systems Inc. have announced entering into an agreement where LEOcloud will use Xiphos’ space-hardened compute and data storage technology for its Space Edge IaaS datacenter platforms. LEOcloud Space Edge IaaS is a multi-cloud managed service that enables end users to deploy applications to cloud regions in Space.

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Startical selects NanoAvionics and GomSpace for Space Tests

Startical has selected NanoAvionics and GomSpace satellites to carry out the concept trials of its constellation, which will take air traffic control to space. The mission will take place after the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has given the green light to the use of aeronautical communications from space. As a result, the company will test the communication and surveillance systems of its future constellation of over 270 satellites set to provide air traffic services from space.

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Space Cafe Radio – with Dr Daniel Eriksson of Transparency International

In this Space Café Radio episode, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Dr Daniel Eriksson, Chief Executive Officer of Transparency International, about the use and potential of space technology to fight corruption and the danger of being a victim of corruption. Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. To end the devastating impact corruption has on men, women and children around the world, we bring people together in a powerful worldwide coalition. Transparency’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.

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Hispasat Partners Infinite Orbits on European Life Mission Extension

Hispasat and Infinite Orbits have announced their collaborative efforts in analyzing a life extension mission, utilizing Endurance, Infinite Orbits’ GEO satellite life extension service solution. Both parties aim to advance the development of a European life extension service solution for GEO satellites.

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SpaceWatch.Global Insights – DGI 2024 (Geospatial intelligence for defence and security)

This past week, our CEO and Publisher, Torsten Kriening, attended the DGI 2024 (Geospatial Intelligence for Defence and Security) conference in London. The conference focused on the applicability of data in the defense sector in the light of two wars on the doorstep of Europe. Listen to the industry insights and discussions provided by Torsten in this #opinion video.

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