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UK’s Goonhilly Earth Station Partners With Spacebit To Provide Blockchain SATCOM Solutions

The UK’s Goonhilly Earth Station is partnering with Spacebit, a pioneer in space blockchain applications, to provide blockchain solutions for satellite communications, Internet of Things, space exploration, and satellite security. The partnership aims to lower the barrier to entry to access to space communication and application networks. Blockchain technology can …

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Australian-Singaporean Gilmour Space Technologies Successfully Conducts Eris Rocket Engine Test

The Australian and Singaporean New Space launch company, Gilmour Space Technologies, conducted its most powerful orbital engine test to date on 16 August 2018 as part of its preparations for a key suborbital test flight in the fourth quarter of this year. “We achieved a record 80 kilonewtons (kN – or 18,000 pounds) of thrust from a 17-second …

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Angara-A5M Rocket To Be Launched For The First Time In 2025

According to Alexander Medvedev, deputy general director of the TsNIIMash rocket and spacecraft scientific center, the inaugural launch of the Angara-A5M rocket from the Vostochny Cosmodrome is planned for 2025. Another model of the launch vehicle, the Angara-A5B with an oxygen-hydrogen upper stage, is planned to be launched in 2027, …

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Japan To Put Space Situational Awareness Satellites In Orbit To Track Debris And Threats

As part of a whole-of-government effort, the Japanese government is considering building and launching space-based Space Situational Awareness (SSA) satellites to better monitor space debris and anti-satellite threats against Japanese satellites, according to a report in Japan News. Several government sources suggest that launch of SSA satellites capable of monitoring …

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Japan’s Canon Electronics Aims To Be All-Encompassing Space Company

Japanese company Canon Electronics has outlined its plan to become a turnkey space venture that builds and launches rockets from its own space launch site, and building and operating its own Earth observation satellites and selling the satellite imagery on the open market. In a wide-ranging interview published in The …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: UK – The Next Space Hub

The UK space sector is on the cusp of entering a new and golden age. As a country, the UK already has a thriving space sector with leading companies that have pioneered the small satellite industry, for example. Now, however, with the announcement of the first spaceport to be built …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Olga Gershenzon of LoReTT Innovative Engineering Startup

Olga Nikolaevna Gershenzon is the deputy director general of the engineering company LoReTT, as well as a co-founder of the SCANEX holding. She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of practical application of remote sensing in various branches of economy. She supports the idea of accessible, …

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Japan Mulls Maritime Domain Awareness Satellites For Monitoring China

Japan is considering building a constellation of microsatellites for maritime domain awareness (MDA) operations over the South China Sea, East China Sea, and the Sea of Japan to monitor Chinese maritime and naval activities, especially around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands. An article from the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun, quoted in …

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China’s Hainan Earth Observation Constellation For South China Sea Monitoring To Launch Next Year

China’s Hainan Earth observation satellite constellation that is designed to “reinforce national sovereignty” over the South China Sea and other disputed territories is set to start launching its first satellites in 2019, according to Chinese state media reports. The Hainan Earth observation satellite constellation, once all satellites have been launched, …

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