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Egypt And UAE Bolster Space Ties: Cairo Looks To Send Egyptian To ISS

The head of the Egyptian Space Agency announced that Egypt intends to send an astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) during a visit to Cairo by a delegation from the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) on 16 October 2019. Mohammed El-Qousy, the Director-General of the Egyptian Space Agency, said that …

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Luxembourg To Create Space Resources Innovation Centre

Following the setup of SpaceResources.lu initiative in 2016 to promote and develop the research, economic and legal aspects of space resources, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) established a working group to explore the opportunities for international cooperation in the field of space resources. During …

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Vietnam Formally Orders EO LotuSat-1 From Japan’s NEC And Sumitomo Corp.

The Vietnamese government has finally made the formal order for its LotuSat-1 Earth observation satellite from Japanese satellite manufacturer NEC and Sumitomo Corp. The order was made in Tokyo on Friday, 18 October 2019. LotuSat-1 is based on the Japanese-designed ASNARO-2 Earth observation satellite, and will be used to help …

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Egypt’s TIBA-1 Military Communications Satellite Headed For Guiana Space Centre Launch

TIBA-1, the communications satellite for the Government of Egypt developed by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) left the Airbus Defence and Space clean rooms in Toulouse. The spacecraft was flown to French Guiana on 16 October 2019, ahead of its launch from Kourou on an Ariane 5. Airbus Defence …

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Finland’s Iceye Makes High-Resolution SAR Imagery Commercially Available

ICEYE, the global leader in small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, has announced that its recently developed Spotlight imaging mode, which enables 1-meter radar imaging from the company’s satellite constellation, is now commercially available to its customers around the world. ICEYE Spotlight imaging is purpose-built to achieve a high resolution …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Astro Digital Payload From New Zealand

Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has successfully launched its ninth Electron mission, deploying a single spacecraft to orbit for satellite manufacturer Astro Digital. The mission, named ‘As The Crow Flies,’ lifted off from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula at 01:22 UTC, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Australia: well placed to join the Moon mining race … or is it?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Prof. Andrew Dempster, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Australia: well placed to join the Moon mining race … or is it?”, originally published 15 February 2019 at The Conversation. It’s 50 years since man …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Martin Coleman of Satcoms Innovation Group

When it comes to Carrier ID and other new innovations, Satcoms Innovation Group is an organisation leading the way. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening spoke to Martin Coleman, Executive Director of Satcoms Innovation Group, during IBC 2019 about the business, its key activities, members and future challenges and opportunities. So Martin, what is …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Spectrum Interference: 5G and Meteorological Observations

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Secure World Foundation, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “ Spectrum Interference: 5G and Meteorological Observations”, originally published 10 October 2019 at Secure World Foundation Website. By Krystal Wilson, Director of Space Applications Programs and Josh …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Behind the Second Modi-Xi Informal Summit, the Wuhan Spirit Is Fraying

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Behind the Second Modi-Xi Informal Summit, the Wuhan Spirit Is Fraying”, originally published 10 October 2019 at The Diplomat. In this week’s column for The …

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