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Gates and Wyler amongst high-profile investors of EarthNow Start-Up

A new satellite Earth observation company which promises to deliver real-time video of the Earth ‘enhanced by machine intelligence’ has received the backing of Bill Gates, OneWeb’s Greg Wyler, Airbus and Japan’s Softbank. EarthNow was invented by Russell Hannigan (Founder and CEO,) and its core imaging technology was incubated within …

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#SpacewatchGL Op’Ed: Smallsats – The Hitchhiker No More?

The satellite industry is in the grip of a revolution that is being driven by low-cost, small satellites that are cheaper to build and launch than ever before. These smallsats are beginning to change the economics of space and analysts forecast exponential growth, but there is a hurdle that threatens …

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China and Finland Create Space Silk Road Arctic Earth Observation Centre

As part of its Arctic ambitions for its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China is teaming up with Finland to develop space-based Arctic monitoring and surveillance. The China Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced this week that China and Finland have signed an agreement to establish a joint research centre for …

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South Africa’s ZACUBE-2 Cubesat, Built With French Assistance, To Be Shipped to India for Launch

South Africa’s Minister for Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, was joined by France’s ambassador to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, at a ceremony held on 17 April 2018 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) for the send-off the ZACUBE-2 Cubesat to India from where it will be launched later …

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Saudi Arabia and France Sign Executive Programme Space Agreement

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and France have entered into an executive programme space agreement signed in France during the visit to Paris by Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. The executive programme agreement was signed by Prince Turki Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al …

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Russia’s Glavkosmos Announces Joint Project on Small Satellites With MAI and Center Spatial de Liege

On 10 April 10 2018, the Moscow Aviation Institute (a national research university) hosted a tripartite meeting of Glavkosmos, MAI, and representatives of the Liege Space Center (Centre Spatial de Liege). The meeting was under the actively promoted Glavkosmos initiative on collaboration with leading Russian universities in the development of …

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Senior UAE Economist Urges Arab World to Join BRI, Space Silk Road

Dr. Nasser Saidi, one of the Middle East’s preeminent economists and a former government minister for economics and finance in Lebanon, has said that Arab countries should embrace China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), to include participation in and contributions to China’s Tiangong space station as well as the Space …

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InSpace Forum 2018: How Did the Russian Forum On Space Industry and UAV’s Proceed?

On 21 March 2018, InSpace Forum 2018, a large event dedicated to commercial space industry and the application of UAV’s, kicked off in Moscow. Participants discussed important legal aspects of the aerospace industry and shared experience in business management. The international company Smile-Expo that organized the event states that the …

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Earth-i releases its first full-colour video of Earth taken from space by VividX2

Earth-i has released the first video taken by VividX2, the technology prototype for its Vivid-i constellation. Launched on 12 January 2018, VividX2 is the world’s first commercial satellite able to provide full-colour video of life on Earth. Weighing 100kg and measuring approximately 1 cubic metre, VividX2 is orbiting at 505km …

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Japan’s Sony Corporation to Enter Satellite Optical Communications Market

Japan’s Sony Corporation is seeking to enter the New Space sector by manufacturing optical communication devices for small satellites, based on Sony’s decades-long experience in manufacturing compact disc (CD) players. This marks a diversification of Sony’s business empire, and it is also a strong signal that Japan’s great trading houses …

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