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Algeria And Russia Discuss Expanding Space Cooperation And Development

Algeria and Russia discussed expanding space cooperation and increased development of Algerian space capabilities during a visit to Algiers by a Russian delegation consisting of officials and executives from the Russian state space agency Roscosmos, Russian commercial launch provider Glavkosmos, and the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Electromechanics (VNIIEM) that …

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Rocket Lab To Start Offering Lunar Payload Launches With Photon Satellite Platform

Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, unveiled on 21 October 2019 at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington, DC, plans to support extended range missions to medium, geostationary, and lunar orbits with the company’s Photon satellite platform. Less than two years after opening access to …

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Ethiopia To Begin Work On Satellite MAIT Facility With European Funding

The Ethiopian government has revealed that it will break ground on a satellite manufacturing, assembly, integration, and testing (MAIT) facility in the Addis Ababa area in January 2020, signaling the start of the second phase of its space development strategy. Speaking with the Space in Africa online publication on 14 …

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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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