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Iranian Launch Attempt Of Payam-e Amirkabir-1 Satellite Ends In Failure

Days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defiantly declared that Tehran will launch several satellites using indigenous launch vehicles over “the coming weeks,” Iran followed through on its promise by attempting to launch its Payam-e Amirabir-1 Earth observation microsatellite on 15 January 2019, using a Simorgh satellite launch vehicle. The launch …

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China Great Wall Wins Contract To Launch 90 EO Satellites For Satellogic

Satellogic, the world’s first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company, announced on 15 January 2018 a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). CGWIC will launch 90 of Satellogic’s spacecraft from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The first launch – scheduled for later this year – …

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UK Space Agency To Provide Satellite Data For Mexican Agricultural Development

SIAP, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food – part of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA) – has signed a declaration of intent with the UK Space Agency to provide historic, statistical and satellite data to support Rezatec’s development of a crop yield optimisation tool for …

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Iran’s President Rouhani Claims Indigenous Satellite Launch To Happen “In The Coming Weeks”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani struck a defiant note on 11 January 2019 when he countered the U.S. threat of consequences should his government carry out the launch of two satellites using an Iranian satellite launch vehicle. “Today, our rockets are defensive means and a source of our pride. We will …

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Japan Reaches Out To Allies For Satellite Reconnaissance And Intelligence Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited London and Paris as part of an effort to strengthen Tokyo’s ties with Western intelligence in order to counter increasing Chinese military and espionage activities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. These visits to the United Kingdom and France have been coupled with greater engagement …

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DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 Imaging Satellite Suffers Technical Failure In Orbit

Maxar Technologies Inc., a global technology innovator powering the new space economy, today reported that its WorldView-4 satellite experienced a failure in its control moment gyros (CMGs), preventing the satellite from collecting imagery due to the loss of an axis of stability. Efforts are ongoing in conjunction with its suppliers …

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U.S. Warns Of Consequences As Iran Prepares To Launch Satellites

As Iran makes preparation to launch three satellites using Iranian launch vehicles, the United States has warned Tehran not to conduct the launches and condemned the Iranian space programme as a deceptive measure that in reality is designed to help build long-range ballistic missiles. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

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Israel’s Ben Gurion University Develop Nanosatellite Imagery Technology

Ben-Gurion University (BGU) researchers in Israel have developed a new satellite imaging system that could revolutionize the economics and imagery available from space-based cameras and even Earth-based telescopes. “This is an invention that completely changes the costs of space exploration, astronomy, aerial photography, and more,” says Angika Bulbul, a BGU …

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UAE’s Sharjah University Signs Agreement With Kazakh Company For Satellite Imagery

WAM: The University of Sharjah signed a cooperation agreement with Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary Company to share space technology and systems located in Astana, Kazakhstan. It is one of the largest national companies in Kazakhstan specializing in Earth remote sensing. The aim of the agreement is to cooperate in research and …

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