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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Bleddyn Bowen On Russia’s RPO With America’s NRO

One of the more notable space stories of the past week is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in Earth orbit, SpaceWatch.Global …

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Australia’s Queensland Pledges $8 Million To Promote Space Industry Sector

The Queensland government of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has released the Queensland Space Industry Strategy 2020-2025, the Australian state’s plan to create even more jobs in more industries for Queenslanders. Queensland’s Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said the AUS$8 million (US$5.38 million) investment will accelerate Queensland’s space industry into a new …

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NGC Aerospace and UAE’s National Space Science And Technology Centre To Jointly Develop Flight Software Of An Earth-Observation Satellite

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC), the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and NGC Aerospace, have signed a collaboration agreement and initiated the joint development of the flight software for a HyperSpectral Earth-observation satellite. This long-term collaboration, announced on 13 February 2020, will provide …

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U.S. Alleges Two Russian Satellites Are Stalking One Of Its Satellites

The United States is alleging that two Russian satellites are stalking a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) reconnaissance satellite in low-Earth orbit (LEO), and has formally complained about the matter to the Russian government according to numerous press reports. According to the United States, a Russian geodetic satellite called Cosmos-2542 …

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Global Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2020: A Report From A Maritime Viewpoint

By Guy Thomas The annual Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2020 conference is now history. Every attendee I spoke with, and that was most of them, seemed to agree it was one of the best in the last 10 years. I concur, and I have been to most of them. Over …

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#SpaceWatchGL Exclusive Op-Ed: The Right Elements For A Thriving UAE Space Sector

By His Excellency Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi  Along the sidelines of local and international events, my colleagues and I at the UAE Space Agency meet with a myriad of official delegations and representatives to discuss opportunities for cooperation and the state of the global space sector. Our discussions …

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Arianespace Prepares To Launch Japanese And Korean Satellites

Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites for its third mission of 2020, using an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center, lofting JCSAT-17 for the Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B for Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). This  mission is dedicated to space applications for telecommunications …

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Japan Eyes Space Cooperation With Malaysia As Balance To Chinese Influence In SE Asia

Japan is eyeing expanded space cooperation with Malaysia in a bid to deepen diplomatic and economic ties with the Southeast Asian country, and as part of an effort to balance against China’s powerful influence through such programmes as its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the region. Yoshikazu Shoji, director …

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Firefly Aerospace Signs Launch Services Agreement With SATLANTIS Earth Observation Provider

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. announced the execution of a Launch Services Agreement with SATLANTIS. Beginning in 2022, SATLANTIS will utilize the Firefly Alpha launch vehicle to deploy a constellation of satellites with breakthrough high-resolution multispectral cameras with four bands of 80 cm native resolution. “SATLANTIS is constantly developing cutting-edge technologies to …

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Iran’s Latest Attempt To Launch A Satellite Fails…Again

The latest attempt by Iran to indigenously launch one of its domestically-built satellites has failed, the latest in a string of unsuccessful satellite launches due to engineering problems, poor management, sabotage, or a combination of all of these. The Zafar-1 Earth observation satellite, built by the Amir Kabir Technical University …

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