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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Khaled Al Hashmi of the UAE Space Agency

The UAE has great ambitions in space and is advancing rapidly, reaching impressive milestones all the time. This year, the UAE sent Hazza Al Mansouri, their first astronaut into space and the UAE Space Agency is developing a hyperspectral satellite as well as planning the Emirates Mars Mission. SpaceWatch.Global Editor, …

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Asian Development Bank Gives $50M Financing To Kacific

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $50 million financing package on 2 December 2019 with Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) to provide satellite-based, low cost, high-speed, wholesale broadband internet connections to countries in Asia and the Pacific, especially in remote areas of small island nations in the Pacific, …

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Australian Space Agency And Thales Sign Space Industry Development Agreement

On 3 December 2019 the Australian Space Agency (ASA) signed with French aerospace giant Thales Group an agreement to develop Australian space capabilities. The agreement with the ASA will see Thales provide its know-how and expertise in developing satellite systems. Thales already has a large presence in Australia, providing a …

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Record funding for European space investments in Seville at Space19+

In a world where change is the only constant, leadership is more important than ever. European ministers have strongly endorsed ESA to take this lead, increase its organisational agility, effectiveness and efficiency, and reinforce its relationship with the European Union. “We have looked at the future of our activities solely …

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Finland to focus on climate change mitigation and business renewal in the European Space Agency

The ministers responsible for space policy in the European Space Agency (ESA) Member States met in Seville, Spain, on 27-28 November to decide on the priorities of the Agency’s strategy and programmes for the coming years. “The space sector is undergoing a major transformation, and the decisions made at the …

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Nanoracks-Italy Signs MOU With University of Piemonte Orientale For Spin-off Partnerships

Nanoracks, the commercial leader in low-Earth orbit utilization, has sparked accelerated growth for numerous startup companies since 2009, provided educational opportunities, and driven the market for commercial access to space. And this week Nanoracks-Italy is announcing their expansion of this leadership. Nanoracks-Italy’s mission is to create a sustainable in-space ecosystem …

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British Government To Invest Extra £374 Million In ESA Programmes

The UK Space Agency on 28 November 2019 announced it will invest £374m per year with the European Space Agency (ESA) to deliver international space programmes over the next five years. The UK is one of the founding members of ESA, an inter-governmental organisation established in 1975 to promote cooperation …

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Talia Expands Satellite Communications Presence In Africa

Talia Limited, a leading communications solutions provider serving the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas, announced on 25 November 2019 the successful completion of beta testing of its Ka-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) services in additional African countries including Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gambia, Ghana, and Congo. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Reflections on the 2019 APSCC Conference – Putting on a Show in the Land of Smiles

By Blaine Curcio The Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) is, among other things, arguably the premier satellite communications (satcom) member organization in Asia-Pacific. From its headquarters in Seoul, the APSCC publishes a quarterly newsletter on regional industry ongoings, provides assistance on issues such as spectrum coordination, and, most notably …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Jenni Tapio of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland

Finland is accelerating its NewSpace economy. The private space industry is truly taking off with companies specialising in a wide variety of areas from small satellite design and manufacture, SAR and hyperspectral technology to space sustainability technologies. Importantly, the space sector is also supported by the Finnish government that has …

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