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Arianespace To Launch UAE’s Falcon Eye 2 On Soyuz In March 2020

Arianespace has announced that it intends to launch the UAE’s second reconnaissance satellite, Falcon Eye 2, on board a Soyuz satellite launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre in early March 2020. Falcon Eye 2 was originally slated to be launched on board an Arianespace Vega satellite launch vehicle, but …

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Spain’s Hisdesat Partners With exactEarth To Provide Domain Awareness Data To European Maritime Safety Agency

exactEarth Ltd. and Hisdesat have announced that in partnership they have been selected by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to provide satellite-AIS data services for a four-year period. Hisdesat, as prime contractor, will provide EMSA with exactView RT, exactEarth’s second-generation real-time satellite-AIS data service. Actual revenues under this framework contract …

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UAE Space Agency And Saudi Space Commission Activate Cooperative MoU

The UAE Space Agency and the Saudi Space Commission met on the sidelines of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Riyadh, the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 10 January 2020, where both parties officially activated their Memorandum of Understanding that was initially signed last year. The activation …

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UK-UAE Geospatial Company 4 Earth Intelligence Starts Business

Advances in technology for observing the earth from space have resulted in the formation of a new company which will bring a range of innovative satellite intelligence and data services to market. 4 Earth Intelligence (4EI) has pioneered the use of satellite data for smart monitoring and analysis creating city, …

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Egypt And France Commit To Furthering Space Cooperation

In the presence of Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Egypt’s Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Stéphane Romatet, France’s Ambassador to Egypt, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall opened the first joint France-Egypt Space Seminar in Cairo on 14 January 2020. At this event, Egypt reaffirmed its …

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France’s CNES Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With Chinese Academy of Sciences

As part of the official visit to China of Frédérique Vidal, the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Centre national d’etudes spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Bai Chunli, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), signed a framework agreement on space cooperation on 13 January 2020. …

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Abu Dhabi’s Group 42 Acquires Bayanat Geospatial Data Firm

Group 42, an Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence and cloud computing company, announced today that it has acquired Bayanat for Mapping and Surveying Services LLC, an end-to-end and customised geospatial data products and services provider. Bayanat has been a leader in the geospatial domain since its launch in 2010, delivering various …

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French Military Select Thales Alenia Space To Build ISR Psuedo-Satellite Airship

Thales Alenia Space (the joint venture between Thales, 67% and Leonardo, 33%) and Thales have signed a contract with The French defense procurement agency Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) to carry out a concept study concerning intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications using a StratobusTM type platform to meet French …

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ESA And European Defence Agency Cooperate On Space Solutions For Extreme Disasters And Environments

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Defence Agency (EDA) are embarking on new cooperative projects for exploring unknown or potentially hazardous environments: harnessing drones for the monitoring of disaster-stricken regions or toxic spill sites and making use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to navigate across the surface of asteroids …

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