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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: My 2019 in a review – by Carla Sharpe

SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2019 and provide an outlook into 2020. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is Carla Sharpe of South African Radio Astronomy Observatory. by Carla Sharpe National governments require significant amounts of information in order to make real …

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Maxar Technologies To Sell MDA To Northern Private Capital For CAD$1 Billion

Maxar Technologies, a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, announced on 30 December 2019 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell MDA to a consortium of financial sponsors led by Northern Private Capital (NPC), for CAD$1 billion (U.S.$765 million), subject to customary adjustments. …

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Chinese Lasers Accurately Detect Space Debris

Chinese researchers have improved the accuracy in detecting space junk in earth’s orbit, providing a more effective way to plot safe routes for spacecraft maneuvers. “The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one!” exclaimed C-3PO as Han Solo directed the Millennium Falcon into an asteroid …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: A Quick Overview Of Major Satellite-Related Decisions At WRC-19

By Thomas Weber and René Woerfel The World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-19) in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, took place on 28 October to 22 November 2019. The conference brought together 3500 participants from the ITU membership representing the world of frequency management on this planet. The following commentary is a quick overview …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: U.S.-India Space Cooperation: Moving Away From The Burden Of The Past

By Kartik Bommakanti Beyond space launches, India and the U.S. have started cooperating in the area of Satellite Navigation. Since the 2000s, India and the U.S. have forged ahead and sought to intensify civilian and commercial cooperation in the domain of space. U.S.-India space cooperation have come a long way …

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Indian Navy Taps Canada’s exactEarth For Satellite-Based AIS Services

exactEarth Ltd., a leading provider of satellite-AIS data services, has announced that it has renewed its contract with Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), to provide satellite-AIS data services to the Indian Navy. The two-year subscription revenue contract is valued at U.S.$1.2 million …

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Apple Reported To Be Working On Its Own Satellite Solutions

Apple is reported to be working on unspecified satellite solutions that could provide direct connectivity to Apple devices around the world, and could improve the accuracy of Apple maps and geolocation services, according to a 20 December 2019 report published by Bloomberg. According to Bloomberg, over the past few years …

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European And Japanese SAR Imaging Satellites Lead The Way In Arctic Climate Change Research

Spare a thought this Christmas for researchers hunkered down on their Polarstern icebreaker, adrift in the frozen Arctic Ocean. Subjected to temperatures as low as -45 C and the perpetual darkness of the polar winter, they are willing participants in MOSAiC – the world’s largest and longest polar research expedition. …

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Ethiopia’s ETRSS-1 Successfully Launched By Chinese Long March 4B

Ethiopia’s first Earth observation satellite, the Ethiopian Remote Sensing Satellite (ETRSS-1), was successfully launched on board a Chinese Long March 4B satellite launched vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre on 20 December 2019. The launch was delayed by several days due to inclement weather in the Taiyuan SLC area. …

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