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Japanese New Space: Axelspace To Launch GRUS-1 By End Of 2018; Partners With JSAT & KSAT For Ground Infrastructure

Axelspace has announced that the launch of the GRUS-1 satellite is scheduled for 27 December 2018, the first satellite of a future constellation. SKY Perfect JSAT and KSAT will in partnership provide ground station services for GRUS satellite by using SKY Perfect JSAT’s owned and operated ground station at the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Role Of Satellites In Future Smart Cities – The Case of Thailand

By James Yenbamroong The rapid growth of people migrating to cities to live, study or work is set to continue. According to the United Nations, more than half of today’s 7.5 billion world population live in cities. By 2050, about 70% of the world’s 9.8 billion population will settle in …

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China And France’s CNES Discuss Climate Science And Space Cooperation

The President of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), the French national space agency, spoke with Chinese counterparts on 10 December 2018 about Sino-French cooperation in space-based climate change monitoring, oceanography, environmental monitoring, space exploration, and space science. Jean-Yves Le Gall addressed the preparatory meeting of the French-Chinese joint science …

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French Military Space: CSO-1 Military Reconnaissance Satellite To Be Launched By Arianespace Soyuz-2 SLV

On Tuesday, 18 December 2018, and Arianespace Soyuz launch vehicle will lift off for the 20th time from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre (GSC), carrying the CSO-1 security and defence Earth-observation satellite for the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the French defence procurement agency DGA. This will …

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Spire Selects Galileo GNSS For Space-Based Weather Data

Spire Global, Inc, the world’s largest space to cloud analytics company, has announced Spire’s most recently launched satellites are the first satellites in the world to use Galileo GNSS signals to measure radio occultation (GNSS-RO) profiles in a production capacity for the weather community. This industry first was announced at …

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South Korea And United States Agree To Share Satellite Data On Pollution

South Korea and the United States have agreed to share data from their respective geostationary environmental pollution-monitoring satellites as part of a growing global effort to monitor the Earth’s climate and pollution emissions. The countries will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week on joint use of data from …

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Finland’s ICEYE Receives First SAR Imagery From Newly Launched ICEYE-X2

ICEYE, the Finnish Earth observation company attempting to create the world’s largest synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation, has published its first radar image from the ICEYE-X2 satellite, launched on Spaceflight’s historic SSO-A mission two weeks ago. The image is of Natural Parks Aralar and Aizkorri-Aratz, Spain, on 7 December …

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Uzbekistan And India To Cooperate On Satellite Communications And Space Research

The Government of India headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the agreement on cooperation in space research for peaceful purposes with Uzbekistan, according to a Trend News Agency report citing local Uzbek media. The agreement was signed between the two countries on 1 October 2018 during the first …

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Azerbaijan Mulling New Earth Observation Satellite; Georgia Discusses Access To AzerSky-1

Azerbaijan’s state space corporation, Azercosmos, will examine the economic and commercial feasibility of building additional Earth observation satellites in its approved 2019-2022 state programme for remote sensing, according to a report by the Trend News Agency. Azercosmos already operates the Airbus-built AzerSky-1 Earth observation satellite, and through Airbus Defence and …

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Australia’s CSIRO To Build CSIROSat-1 To Detect Invisible Infrared Light

Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has announced that it would be extending its Earth observation capabilities by acquiring Australia’s first CubeSat designed to detect invisible infrared light. To be known as CSIROSat-1, the new satellite will allow researchers from CSIRO and other institutions …

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