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Finland’s ICEYE To Launch ICEYE-X2 SAR Satellite On SpaceX Falcon-9

ICEYE, the Finnish Earth observation company creating the world’s largest synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation, confirmed on 8 November 2018 that it is launching the company’s second SAR satellite, ICEYE-X2, into low Earth orbit on Spaceflight’s SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission. The mission is currently targeted to launch on 19 …

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Rocket Lab Makes ‘It’s Business Time’ Successful Commercial Debut With New Zealand Launch

Rocket Lab has continued the success of its 2018 orbital launch program with the launch of seven payloads to orbit on 11 November 2018. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time,’ marks Rocket Lab’s second successful orbital launch and deployment of customer satellites. Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle lifted-off from Launch …

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French Joint Space Command Outlines Satellite Protection Courses Of Action

Following revelations in September 2018 by French defence minister Florence Parly that Russian reconnaissance satellites had maneuvered close to the Athena-Fidus Franco-Italian communications satellite in 2017 in a suspected act of espionage, the French Joint Space Command and the Ministry of Defence are preparing a space defence strategy that will …

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Russia To Set Up SSA Observatories Along Arctic Ocean Coast

Russian scientists, with the support of the Russian government, intend to place a number of ground-based observatories in the Nenets Autonomous Region on Russia’s Northwest Arctic Ocean coast for the purposes of providing space situational awareness (SSA) of satellites and space debris in Polar orbits as the pass over the …

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Ethiopia Mulls Creating Space, Cyber Commands As Part of Defence Reforms

As part of significant defence reforms being proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia is considering the creation of a Cyber Security and Space Force, that if implemented, will operate under the command of the Ethiopian military. The proposed reforms also call for the creation of an Ethiopian naval base, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Sven Przywarra Of LiveEO – Providing EO Imagery Analysis For Global Infrastructure

Berlin has become a space industry hub, and a popular place for start-ups. One of those is LiveEO, a Berlin-based company that aims to offer services to enable companies to monitor large-scale infrastructure networks, using Earth observation technology. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening spoke to Sven Przywarra, Co-Founder and COO of LiveEO, to find …

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Kazakhstan To Launch Two Satellites On Board SpaceX Vandenberg Launch

Two Kazakh satellites are due to be launched on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 19 November 2018, marking further milestone’s for Kazakhstan’s independent space capabilities. The first satellite, KazSTSAT, is a remote sensing capability built by UK satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite …

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Portugal To Establish Azores Spaceport; Create Oceanography STARlab With China

Portugal is about to make a big splash in the space sector with parallel announcements covering a major cooperative programme with China, and a proposed space launch complex in the Azores islands in the mid-Atlantic ocean involving European, Russian, and U.S. company bids to build it. The cooperative programme with …

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UAE’s MYSAT-1 CubeSat To Be Launched To ISS On 15 November

MYSAT-1, an educational CubeSat built by 20 students at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is due to be launched as part of the Cygnus NG-10 resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on board a Northrop Grumman Antares launch vehicle from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops …

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China Great Wall Industry Corporation and China Siwei Team Up To Promote SuperView EO

China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) and China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co.Ltd. (China Siwei) signed a contract to collaborate on the overseas marketing of SuperView-1 satellite imagery at a signing ceremony held on the sidelines of the Zhuhai Airshow in China on 6 November 2018. Since the launch …

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