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Military Space: Japan And United States Pledge Mutual Defence Cooperation In Space, Cyber

On 19 April 2019, the U.S.–Japan Security Consultative Committee convened in Washington, DC, with the participation of Secretary of State Pompeo, Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono, and Minister of Defense Iwaya. During the meeting, the Ministers affirmed their strong commitment to realize a “free and …

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European Space Exploration: ARIEL Data Challenge Launched In Hunt For Exoplanets

ARIEL, a mission to make the first large-scale survey of exoplanet atmospheres, has launched a global competition series to find innovative solutions for the interpretation and analysis of exoplanet data. The first ARIEL Data Challenge invites professional and amateur data scientists around the world to use machine learning (ML) to …

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UAE’s Mubadala Creates Abu Dhabi Hub71 With Softbank And Microsoft For New Space, Other Tech Start-Ups

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala is set to create a start-up ecosystem in Abu Dhabi that will attract New Space and other emerging technology companies to the Gulf Arab state. The ecosystem will be called Hub71 and will include Softbank’s Vision Fund and Microsoft as partners, according to Khaldoon …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Will Europe Lose Its Way To The Moon?

By Dr. John B. Sheldon U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gave a remarkable “Kennedy” style speech on 26 March 2019 in Huntsville, Alabama, where he stated that the United States will put Americans on the Moon again – in as soon as five years. China demonstrated, with Chang’e 4, their …

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France And UAE Hold 11th Space Cooperation Strategic Dialogue In Paris

The France-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue convened for its 11th session in Paris on 16 April 2019. On this occasion, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) reviewed ongoing and future cooperation projects, noting the rapid development of bilateral space relations between the …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Commits To Beresheet Shtayim After Beresheet 1.0 Moon Attempt

“If at first you don’t succeed, you try again,” said newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Beresheet (Hebrew for Genesis) lunar lander failed to make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface on 11 April 2019. That’s exactly what Morris Kahn, the Israeli billionaire who founded and …

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Kepler Communications and Magellan Aerospace Sign Letter of Intention to Fly Innovative Smart Radiator Device on Satellite Mission

Kepler Communications, a Canadian satellite telecommunications provider, and Magellan Aerospace Corporation have signed a Letter of Intention to fly an innovative Smart Radiator Device (SRD) on Kepler’s third satellite, scheduled for launch later this year. The unique SRD, designed to significantly improve temperature management on-board future satellites, is being developed …

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Saudi Space Agency Begins To Take Shape, Reported $1 Billion Budget In First Year

French online national security news publication Intelligence Online is reporting that the recently created Saudi Space Agency is beginning to take shape under the leadership of Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the son of the reigning King Salman, half-brother of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and first Saudi astronaut. According …

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Space Forum to Focus on Leveraging Data from Space

On May 21st and 22nd, space and digital experts will share their knowledge and discuss the latest trends during the next edition of Space Forum. Organised in parallel with ICT Spring, a global tech conference, Space Forum will take place at the European Convention Center, Luxembourg, at the very heart …

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Tongan Government Signs Deal with Kacific for Remote Island Connectivity and fibre back-up

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group has signed a fifteen-year agreement with Tonga Satellite Limited, a Tongan government company, to provide high-speed broadband via satellite to the Pacific Island nation. The bandwidth supplied by Kacific’s high throughput satellite, Kacific1, will be used to connect communities in 89 remote outer islands with high-quality …

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