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14th IAA Symposium – Day 0 – Krienings pre-event report

Welcome at the 14th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth System Observation here at the Ludwig Erhard House in Berlin. The conference is hosted by DLR’s Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics in Neustrelitz and the Technical University of Berlin. Shoutout to Prof Eberhard Gill, Dr Matthias Hetscher and Prof Enrico Stoll for Chairing the next days. Authors from more than 35 countries, representing space agencies, industries, knowledge institutes and academia, confirmed their oral presentations and poster sessions. Also politics show their continuous interest and support of the event.

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SINC 2023 – Timmermans outlook to GLOC 2023 in Oslo

The two areas in the world most noticeably impacted by climate change are the Arctic and the Tropics. These regions represent the theme 'Fire and Ice' of the Global Conference on Space for Climate Change #GLOC2023, in Oslo, Norway, from 23-25 May! During the #SINC2023 conference at the Maldives will see how space can contribute to monitoring the issues and pinpointing possible solutions for climate change. Remco Timmermans explains the theme of the conference, starting with Fire and finishing with Ice. #WaitForIt All info about this conference, hosted by the Norwegian Space Agency and IAFastro: gloc2023.org

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SINC 2023 – Day 4 – Interview with Raushan Ali Fariq and Leonard de Guzman

At the end of a very successful first Space for Island Nations Conference 2023 Remco Timmermans spoke with event manager Raushan Ali Fariq and deputy event manager Leonard de Guzman. They talked about history, present and future of #SINC2023 and #SINC2024 and the role of MSRO in bringing the lessons learned into practice in a new space economy on the #Maldives.

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SINC 2023 – Day 4 – Timmermans event review

The Space for Island Nations Conference 2023 in the Maldives earlier this week was historic in several ways. This was the first space conference ever in the Maldives and the first space conference dedicated to space for island nations. The conference served as an important milestone in the evolution of the brand new MSRO Maldives Space Research Organisation, a young Maldivian initiative, born at the International Space University #SSP22 in Portugal in the summer of 2022. The conference was also unique in the sense that all delegates worked on a final statement, referred to as the 'Crossroads Declaration', that will guide the work of MSRO in the next years. It was edited live in the room by all delegates, including international space professionals (including SpaceWatch.Global), local government representatives, and a large number of local high-school and university students. Check out some of the highlights of the #SINC2023 conference in this summary by Remco Timmermans. We are looking forward to #SINC2024!

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SINC 2023 – Day 4 – Interview with Madin Maseeh

At the end of the Space for Island Nations Conference 2023, Remco Timmermans talk to Madin Maseeh, the founder and president of @MSRO. MSRO was the driving force behind the first space conference ever on the Maldives, and the main organisation to take the conference results forward. It was conceived only in the summer of 2022 and is already the main institute for space in the Maldives. Remco asked Madin about the history, present, and of course future of the he Maldives Space Research Organisation and next year's #SINC2024 conference.

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NUVIEW on Mission to Map Entire Globe in 3D with LiDAR for First Time 

LiDAR facilitates precise mapping of terrain and infrastructure, providing critical data for efficient network planning. Credit NUVIEW

NUVIEW, an American Earth observation and geospatial technology company, announced on the 4th of May that it is building the first commercial LiDAR satellite constellation which will map the entire land surface of the Earth in 3D for the first time. The announcement was made during the Geospatial World Forum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The company has $1.2 billion dollars in early adopter agreements. 

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SINC 2023 – Day 3 – Interview with Annalisa Donati

The objective of Eurisy is to bridge space and society, and even though it is primarily an EU organisation, there is a lot of space technology and data from Europe that is available to anyone in the world. Remco Timmermans spoke with Eurisy's Secretary Ggeneral Annalisa Donati about the value her organisation can bring to emerging space nations like Maldives. #SINC2023

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SINC 2023 – Day 3 – Interview with Dr Pete Worden

Remco Timmermans had the unique opportunity to have an informal chat with Dr. S. Pete Worden of the Breakthrough Initiatives. Breakthrough is one of the key supporters and sponsors of the Space for Island Nations Conference 2023 I asked him about two things that are important to emerging space nations and that were key points in the conference: 1) As a space policy advisor to the Luxembourg government, Dr. Worden shared a list of five key elements of a national space policy. These elements, adjusted to the specific national situation of a country, form the basis for a new national space ecosystem, like for island nations. 2) As a director of the Breakthrough Initiatives, which is all about the future exploration of very deep space, I asked him how students and really anyone interested in emerging and small space nations can benefit from these highly inspirational projects.

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Sidus Space Partners with Lulav Space on Lunar Missions

Lulav Space Sensors. Credit Lulav Space

Sidus Space, a Space and Defence-as-a-Service satellite company, announced on the 2nd of May the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Lulav Space, an Israeli robotics company specialising in space applications, to cooperate in the US market by providing a complete guidance navigation and control (GN&C) solution for both lunar satellite and lunar lander missions. 

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