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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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Russia’s Roscosmos To Initiate Talks On Kinetic Kill ASAT Ban

The Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, has announced that it intends to initiate international talks to ban the testing and use of Kinetic Energy (KE) anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said that the talks are being proposed “with the aim of banning full-scale anti-satellite weapon tests held by …

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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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Germany invests 3.3 billion euro in European space exploration and becomes ESA’s largest contributor

The German delegation at the European Space Agency (ESA) Council Meeting at Ministerial Level, ‘Space19+’, was headed by the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Thomas Jarzombek, who is a member of the Federal Parliament. He was accompanied and supported by representatives from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs …

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ESA Ministerial Council Meeting: Switzerland to participate in new programmes and play a leading role in the removal of space debris

On 27 and 28 November 2019, State Secretary Martina Hirayama attended the European Space Agency’s ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Seville (“Space 19+”). At this meeting, which brought together the ministers in charge of space affairs from the 22 ESA Member States, the Council conferred on ongoing programmes, new initiatives, …

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ESA ministers commit to biggest ever budget at Space19+

ESA’s Council at Ministerial Level, Space19+, has concluded in Seville, Spain, with the endorsement of the most ambitious plan to date for the future of ESA and the whole European space sector. The meeting brought together ministers with responsibility for space activities in Europe, along with Canada and observers from …

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Luxembourg Space Agency And European Space Agency Cooperate On Space Resources

A Memorandum of Cooperation to further commit to strengthening cooperation in the field of space resources and innovation was signed by Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and ESA Director General ESA Jan Wörner. Following the establishment of the SpaceResources.lu initiative in 2016 to promote and develop the research, economic …

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