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Songhai Labs And SatSure AG Announce Strategic Partnership

Songhai Labs, a knowledge broker platform based in Cameroon, and SatSure, a satellite precision company headquartered in Switzerland and with offices in India, UK, and Australia, have announced a strategic partnership. The companies are partnering to launch an Open Innovation Platform for Agriculture and AgTech ecosystems, where experts from diverse …

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NEC To Provide Vietnam With ‘LOTUSat-1’ Earth Observation Satellite System

NEC Corporation announced on 23 April 2020 that it received an order from Sumitomo Corporation for the manufacture and launch of the “LOTUSat-1” Earth observation satellite system for the Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC). The order also includes development of a ground system and local human capacity building programs related …

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Iran Unveils Military Space Command, New Details on Satellite Launch

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has unveiled the existence of its own Space Command following the successful launch of the Noor-1 Earth observation satellite on 22 April 2020 (reported by SpaceWatch.Global here). After the launch of Noor-1 IRGC commanders appeared in Iranian media extolling their achievements and speaking about …

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Spire Maritime Announces Revenue Growth And Expansion Into Asia

Spire Global, a global data service provider and leader AIS data solutions and weather forecasting, announced today the year-over-year results for its maritime business unit. Spire Maritime expanded into Asia and celebrated a four-fold increase in bookings in 2019. It continued to build on its successes after launching in January …

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NanoAvionics Selected For Norwegian-Dutch Strategic Research Mission For Radar Signals

A consortium of Norwegian and Dutch research centres announced on 20 April 2020 hat it has selected satellite integrator NanoAvionics to build two nanosatellites, ‘Birkeland’ and ‘Huygens’. The purchase order is part of a military use of space (MilSpace) project under a bilateral strategic mutual assistance in research and technology …

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Ball Aerospace Conducts Critical Design Review for Space Force’s Next-Gen Operational Weather Satellite

Ball Aerospace conducted a critical design review (CDR) of the Weather System Follow-on (WSF) satellite mission, which it is building for the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). With CDR concluded, Ball Aerospace begins full production of the satellite. Upon delivery, this next-generation operational environmental satellite system …

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In Response To COVID-19, Space Dynamics Lab Satellite Operators “Fly” Small Sats From Home

The Space Dynamics Laboratory announced on 15 April 2020 that satellite operators are flying NASA spacecraft from their homes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The emphasis on social distancing and stay-at-home work has become ubiquitous throughout the world and has affected sectors of many industries, including the space …

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Iran’s Military Satellite Launch Full Of Surprises

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that it had launched a military satellite on the morning (Iranian time) of 22 April 2020 on board a previously unknown satellite launch vehicle the IRGC calls Qassed. The military satellite, called Noor (also spelled ‘Nur’ and ‘Nour’ – Farsi for ‘Light’), could …

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Airbus Will Support France And India To Monitor Climate Change With TRISHNA

The Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) announced on 20 April 2020 that it had recently signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the development and manufacture of the thermal infrared instrument for the TRISHNA satellite. TRISHNA (Thermal infraRed Imaging Satellite for High resolution Natural resource Assessment) will be …

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Social Distancing App Uses Space To Save Lives

A free app that helps people observe social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus is about to launch. Devised by Lanterne, a UK startup company supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), “Crowdless” uses satellite data and artificial intelligence technologies to identify where people are congregating anywhere in the …

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