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BRICS to Further Space Science Cooperation

This story is republished with the kind permission of the editors of The BRICS Post, where it was originally published on April 6, 2017. BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries are looking to build space science cooperation as the bloc seeks a bigger share of the $300 billion …

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PAZ to Extend Airbus Radar Satellite Constellation for Improved Monitoring Capabilities By End of 2017

PAZ, the satellite owned by the Spanish company Hisdesat, will soon increase the monitoring resources of the Airbus radar satellites constellation. Following its launch during the last quarter of 2017, PAZ will be positioned in the same orbit as the German owned TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites and form a high-resolution …

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Turkeys military big ambitions space despite attempted coup aftermath

This is the last of three reports on the Turkish space programme. The first report was on the establishment of the Turkish Space Agency and the second report was on Turkey’s space launch ambitions. The attempted coup in July 2016 that sought to overthrow the rule of President Recep Tayyip …

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U.S. Company Spaceflight Industries Launches BlackSky Spectra Satellite Imagery Service

Spaceflight Industries revealed on April 5, 2017, BlackSky Spectra, its on-demand satellite imagery service which enables customers to discover archive images and task new images from 13 high-resolution imaging spacecraft, all from one convenient web platform. BlackSky Spectra enables customers to easily look at the planet across every spectrum, from …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: What Europe can do for your Space Start-up?

Vera Pinto Gomes, space policy analyst at the European Comission, presented the current situation on the European Satellite Navigation Programs and Europe’s initiative for Space Start up’s at Disrupt Space 2017 in Berlin on March 14, 2017.  What have we achieved so far? Last year was a very successful year …

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Japan Aids Five African and Asian Countries In Building Nano-Satellites

The Japanese government, through the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, has completed its “Bird Project” in collaboration with satellite engineers and space agencies from Bangladesh, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria, and Thailand. The “Bird Project” consists of five Nanosatellites and seven ground control stations located around the world. The five Nanosatellites …

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Eurasian Economic Union to Integrate Remote Sensing Satellite Capabilities in 2019

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) plans to create a joint remote earth sensing system by integrating the space- and ground-based capabilities of its member states, to include Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, by 2019. “In the first half of 2018, the Eurasian Economic Commission plans to draft an intergovernmental …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Defining a New Space Era

Over the past 12 months, we have heard a lot about it. It is being discussed at conferences, throughout exhibition halls, in the press and throughout the space industry at large. It is NewSpace. But what is it? SpaceWatch Middle East contributing editor Helen Jameson, gives her take on NewSpace; …

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China To Contribute Funds to Egypt’s Space Programme

China has agreed to contribute U.S.$64 million to the Egyptian earth observation satellite programme, EgyptSat, as part of a new cooperation agreement between the two counties signed on March 21, 2017. The funding will be contingent on a feasibility study on the EgyptSat programme, but is thought to be a …

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