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ICT Spring - 2022

Space

GomSpace builds new satellite platform for Unseenlabs

GomSpace announced they have signed a contract to establish a next generation satellite platform for Unseenlabs. The contract value is almost €777,000. The project is expected to be complete by August next year. The new platform will comprise an upgrade both in size and performance compared to previous GomSpace-built satellites.

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Mitsubishi launches launches giant Inmarsat satellite

The world’s largest, dual-band, commercial communications satellite launched yesterday from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Centre onboard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 45, Inmarsat said. I-6 F1, the first of two Inmarsat-6 satellites, aims to enhance connectivity services for mobility, government and IoT customers.

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Maxar adds $100m in defense and intelligence contracts

Maxar Technologies extended its contracts with three long-standing international defense and intelligence customers. The agreements total more than $100 million and extend these customers’ ability to download satellite imagery from Maxar’s current constellation and under its Direct Access Program, the provider of geospatial intelligence said.

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Australia needs new early warning capability to counter threat from China’s new missiles

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and The Strategist, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles. This is “Australia needs new early warning capability to counter threat from China’s new missiles” by Malcolm Davis, originally published on 21 December 2021.

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ESA extends collaboration with Dotphoton

Swiss start-up Dotphoton and ESA have signed their second contract and will continue the development of a metrologically correct image compression technology for space applications, Dotphoton announced. The aim of the new contract is to further develop, test and apply Dotphoton's quantum-inspired compression technology.

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UNOOSA signs agreement with UK to map space-based climate action

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed an agreement with the United Kingdom to address the information gap for space-related climate actions, the United Nations Information Service reported.  Space-based data and applications have long been utilized in climate change monitoring, research, and policy enactment.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Let there be light!

The advent of NGSO systems has brought many technology changes to the satellite industry. The two that stand out the most for me are intersatellite links (ISLs) and lasers. Sure, we've also seen technology developments in propulsion, miniaturization, station-keeping and of course antenna design, but these technologies aren’t so much a function of NGSO developments

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The Space Cafe Podcast #043: Mike Simmons: Astronomy to the people

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 43rd episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast #043: Mike Simmons: Astronomy to the people. Episode 043 features a special guest Mike Simmons. Mike Simmons is a passionate advocate for the power of astronomy to bring people together and change the way we view our fragile home, Earth.

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SpaceX breaks reusability and launch records

SpaceX launched a new set of Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket over the weekend, setting a new reusability record for the vehicle before launching a Turkish communication satellite just 16 hours later. While the 52 satellites were deployed by the rocket’s upper stage, the booster completed its record-breaking 11th flight.

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Kacific migrates to AWS while new Ground Station location launches

Kacific Broadband Satellites announced that it is migrating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to upscale its broadband internet services for the rural regions of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The firm aims to complete the migration of its IT infrastructure and critical business applications by 2022.

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