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Goonhilly and Shetland Space Centre collaborate on launch and tracking capabilities

Against the backdrop of the UK’s flourishing NewSpace sector, Shetland Space Centre (SCC) and Goonhilly Earth Station are to partner to develop launch and tracking capabilities that will enable further development of the sector. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them working together on a …

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Brexit In Orbit: UK Space Industry Added 3,400 Jobs In Two Years In Spite Of Uncertainty

The UK’s space sector has seen significant growth in income, exports and employment with total income now standing at 14.8 billion pounds (U.S.$19.2 billion), Science Minister Chris Skidmore has announced. The main findings from the independent ‘UK space industry: size and health report’ show that, compared to the 2016 survey: …

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Arctic Space: Canadian Defence Department Selects Space Flight Laboratory To Build Surveillance Microsatellites

The Canadian Department of National Defence has awarded a C$15 million (U.S.$11.43 million) contract to Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) for development of multipurpose microsatellites to support Arctic surveillance. Upon successful completion and testing of the prototype, two additional microsatellites will …

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SatixFy Premieres Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Phased Array Antenna

UK-based Satixfy is unveiling its world’s first Electronically Steered Multi-Beam Array antenna at the SmallSat Symposium being held in Mountain View this week.  The 256 element Ku-band antenna, developed for IoT and mobility applications is being demonstrated in an Antenna Micro Test Range which will show its multi-beam capabilities, antenna …

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Rwanda Collaborates with Japan to Launch Satellite this Year

The Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Authority’s (RURA) Director General, Patrick Nyirishema, has confirmed that it is planning to launch the country’ inaugural satellite later this year. According to the New Times, this could happen as soon as after the Transform Africa Summit, which will take place in Kigali from 7-10 …

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ESPI Brief: Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for Europe?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 17: ‘Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for Europe? ’, originally published in November 2017. 1. Solidification and Internationalisation of the Deep …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Markus Woltran of UNOOSA

Space activities within the United Nations Member States are growing apace and the amount of space faring nations is increasing. Enabling these countries to find their path to space is a key part of the work of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) which works to promote …

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Australian National University Use Satellite Technology To Predict Droughts, Brushfires

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have used new space technology to predict droughts and increased bushfire risk up to five months in advance. ANU researcher Siyuan Tian said the team knew they needed to move into space to get closer to understanding the complex nature of drought. They …

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Israel’s IAI And Germany’s OHB Join Forces On Lunar Surface Access Initiative

OHB System and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed an agreement that will see the companies collaborate on a commercial Lunar Surface Access Service (LSAS). The agreement, signed during the Ilon Ramon Space Conference on Tuesday, will provide a lunar lander that can allow payloads up to 150kg to the …

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Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Describe Growing Chinese And Russian Space Threats

U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Dan Coats, along with the heads of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), gave testimony to the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence about the …

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