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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Strategic Implications of Iran’s Simorgh Space Launch Vehicle Test

Iran’s test launch of its Simorgh space launch vehicle (SLV) on July 27, 2017, caused significant yet unsurprising controversy throughout the international community. Two months later, with the dust literally settling, Natalie Fuchs – SpaceWatch Middle East’s contributing editor on all things Iranian space – argues that it is possible that the U.S., its …

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Israel’s ImageSat International Launches Geo-Data Validation With A Click

Imagesat International (ISI) is expanding its presence in the geographic data services market in a revolutionary collaboration with Balcony.io – a location based geo-communication platform. This partnership will enable geo-data validation by seamlessly aggregating the power of high-resolution satellite imagery with the reach of smartphone users on the ground, providing …

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Thales Alenia Space, Telespazio, and Spaceflight Industries Partner To Accelerate the BlackSky Geospatial Platform And High Revisit Rate Constellation

The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), today signed a partnership with the US-based company Spaceflight Industries which includes the following elements:   A minority investment in Spaceflight Industries, which through its BlackSky business, has developed a geospatial platform …

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The DigitalGlobe Foundation: 10 Years of Championing Research, Expertise and Innovation in the Geospatial Industry

This year, the DigitalGlobe Foundation (DGF) celebrates its 10th anniversary—marking a decade devoted to advancing the use of geospatial imagery to address local and global challenges and championing the education of the next-generation of geospatial leaders. The foundation is the 501(c)(3) organization underwritten by DigitalGlobe, Inc., a leading global provider …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Why the New Space Race Must Focus On Sustainability

As Earth’s orbits become more crowded due to more countries entering the space domain and the emergence of large commercial constellations, the challenge of sustaining space as an environment in which Earth can continue to derive all of the advantages of satellite increases. In a blog post originally authored for …

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Airbus to Reshape Earth Observation Market With Its Pléiades Neo Constellation

The production of Airbus’ four new very high resolution satellites, which together will form the Pléiades Neo constellation, is well on schedule for launch in 2020. They will join the already world leading Airbus constellation of optical and radar satellites and will offer enhanced performance and the highest reactivity in …

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Planet’s SkySat High-Resolution Earth Observation Smallsat’s Built By SSL Ready for Launch

In a first for the industry, six satellites, built in California, to be launched in California, for a California company have arrived at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, where they are scheduled to be launched on a Minotaur rocket in October.  Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, …

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Morocco’s High-Resolution Earth Observation Satellite to be Launched by Arianespace in November 2017

Moroccan press sources are reporting that the kingdom’s first high-resolution Earth observation satellite – currently designated as MN35-13 – is being readied for launch on an Arianespace Vega space launch vehicle from Kourou in French Guiana on November 7 or 8, 2017. The MN35-13 satellite has been built by French-based …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: UAE’s Mars Ambitions – A Middle East Trailblazer

The UAE’s mission to Mars and its proposed Martian colony to be established by 2117 have garnered many headlines around the world. What is less known, however, are the critical economic and societal drivers behind these ambitious projects that are vital to the prosperity of the UAE well into the …

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