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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The year in Space – 2020 – an Australian perspective

by Dr. Malcolm Davis SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2020 and provide an outlook into 2021. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is Dr. Malcolm Davis, Senior Analyst at  The Australian Strategic Policy Institute. For Australia as a new space power, 2020 …

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Breton wants European LEO, more defense and Ariane 7

Paris, 9 December 2020. – Another LEO and more defense & security: The European Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, is working on a European Low Earth Orbit satellite constellation. “European broadband connectivity is neither ubiquitous nor robust enough to address our digital inequalities,” Breton said at the European Space …

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First-ever direct EIB financing for the emerging European “New Space” industry

At Web Summit 2020, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the long-term lending institution of the European Union and Spire Global, a company with the world’s largest multi-purpose constellation of satellites announced a venture debt financing agreement of up to €20 million. The financing will back capital expenditure and research and development (R&D) activities to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 30 Nov – 6 Dec 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 30 Nov – 6 Dec 2020”. Hello and welcome to another …

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Solar-powered Zephyr successfully flies in stratosphere

Paris, 7 December 2020. – Solar powered, stratospheric: The Zephyr High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) completed a long test flight in November, Airbus Defence and Space announced. The test which was held during three weeks in Arizona, U.S., “aimed to demonstrate operational flexibility and aircraft agility, particularly testing lower altitude …

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French CNES to track small-scale fishing with Nemo device

Paris, 7 December 2020. – Fishing for information: A satellite mission of the French space agency CNES wants to monitor the activities of small-scale fishing globally, the Economist reported. CLS, a CNES subsidiary that monitors transponders on large fishing vessels around the world, wants to place a small, solar-powered transponder …

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Airbus delivers “largest planar space radar ever” to Copernicus

Luxembourg, 4 December 2020. – Airbus will deliver the “largest planar space radar ever built” to Copernicus, the company announced. Airbus has been selected by Thales Alenia Space to build the advanced radar instrument for the Radar Observatory System for Europe in L-band (ROSE-L), Airbus said. Airbus Defence and Space in Germany …

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UAE’s spy satellite Falcon Eye successfully launched

Luxembourg, 3 December 2020. – This time, it worked: After several launch attempts and a long delay due to the Covid pandemic, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) finally launched Falcon Eye, their military Earth observation satellite. Falcon Eye 2 was successfully launched from the European Spaceport (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana …

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U.S. group KBR wins EROS contract for Landsat observation

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Texas-based engineering and technology group KBR works for the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and won a $300 million recompete contract for scientific, engineering and technical services, KBR announced. KBR will partner with USGS to analyze and assess …

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Turkish Manta Shipping connects vessels with Marlink

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Turkish shipping services provider Manta Shipping has selected the Norwegian Marlink to provide Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service on eight of its vessels. The agreement was signed through Marlink’s local partner Ozsay Satellite to support Manta Shipping’s drive towards digitalised shipping operations and increased connectivity …

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