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UAE’s Thuraya And eSAT Global Complete Satellite Internet Of Things Technology Testing

Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and eSAT Global, a pioneer in low cost Satellite Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, today announced the completion of successful tests validating eSAT’s revolutionary Global LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) communications technology over Thuraya’s satellite …

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UK’s Surrey Satellite Ships ELSA-D Target Satellite To Japan’s Astroscale

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) has shipped a 16kg Target satellite for Astroscale’s End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration (ELSA-d) mission to Tokyo, where it will be bolted to the Chaser satellite for environmental testing ahead of launch in 2020. The ELSA-d mission is designed to simulate capture of orbital debris …

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UK Space Agency To Provide $9.5 Million Funding To Virgin Orbit For Cornwall Spaceport Use

Spaceport Cornwall, courtesy Virgin Orbit

The UK Space Agency will award £7.35 million to Virgin Orbit UK Limited, the UK branch of U.S. launch operator Virgin Orbit, to enable horizontal launch of small satellites at Cornwall Airport Newquay, it was confirmed on 5 November 2019. The funding will help to develop advanced ground support equipment, …

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Finland’s ICEYE Partners With RS Metrics To Monitor Global Iron Ore Stockpile

ICEYE, the global leader in small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RS Metrics to jointly offer to the commodities market the world’s first global SAR-based iron ore inventories dataset with up to daily updates. Access to the dataset …

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Rocket Lab Preps ‘Running Out Of Fingers’ Launch From New Zealand

Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has announced that its next mission will launch multiple microsatellites in a rideshare mission representing five different countries. The launch window for Rocket Lab’s tenth flight, named ‘Running Out Of Fingers,’ will open 25 November 2019 NZDT and take place …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Space Resources: Make it a Priority for Your Politicians – Space19+ is coming

In this article, Simon Drake, MD of Space Ventures Investors, CEO of Space Commodities Exchange, and organiser of Space Resources Community Voice, explores the reasons why space really has to rise to the top of politicians’ lists of priorities and why it’s down to us to do something about it.  …

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David Pollack To Step Down As CEO Of Israel’s Spacecom

David Pollack, the long-serving Chief Executive Officer of Israeli satellite communications company Spacecom, is to step down after 24 years with the company. Pollack, a former Israel Aerospace Induistries (IAI) executive, helped found Spacecom in the 1990’s and was instrumental in raising the funds necessary to build and launch the …

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Azerbaijan’s AzerCosmos Reports Revenue Increase Of 81% For First 3Q Of 2019

Azerbaijan’s state space company, AzerCosmos Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC), posted revenues of U.S.$30.2 million for the period January-September 2019, an increase of 81 per-cent for the same period in 2018, according to Azerbaijani press reports. Over the period of January-September 2019, Azercosmos exported services to 24 countries. During the …

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India’s Pixxel Partners With Italy’s Leaf Space For Leaf Line Service Agreement

Pixxel, India’s first private earth imaging company announced their agreement with Leaf Space, a company delivering complete ground segment expertise for microsatellites. The announcement was made at the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, DC, wherein Leaf Space will provide the ground segment support for the satellite to be launched …

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