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Global Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2020: A Report From A Maritime Viewpoint

By Guy Thomas The annual Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2020 conference is now history. Every attendee I spoke with, and that was most of them, seemed to agree it was one of the best in the last 10 years. I concur, and I have been to most of them. Over …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: The Right Elements For A Thriving UAE Space Sector

By His Excellency Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi  Exclusive to SpaceWatch.Global Along the sidelines of local and international events, my colleagues and I at the UAE Space Agency meet with a myriad of official delegations and representatives to discuss opportunities for cooperation and the state of the global space …

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Astroscale Selected As Commercial Partner For JAXA’s Commercial Removal Of Debris Demonstration Project

Japan’s Astroscale Holdings has been selected as the commercial partner for Phase I of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) first debris removal project, a groundbreaking step by Japan to commercialize space debris removal, the company announced 12 February 2020. The JAXA Commercial Removal of Debris Demonstration project (CRD2) consists …

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Astrobotic Applauds Lunar Leadership In NASA’s FY2021 Budget Request

Astrobotic Technology Inc. has commended the president’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request for NASA, which grows funding for the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program within the Lunar Discovery and Exploration Program (LDEP). Through CLPS, NASA and its commercial partners like Astrobotic are re-establishing American presence on the lunar surface …

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UAE Space Agency Launches Satellite Challenge As Part Of UAE Hackathon 2020

The UAE Space Agency launched a “Satellite Challenge” event as part of “UAE Hackathon 2020 – Data for Happiness and Wellbeing.” During UAE Innovation Month. The challenge introduces participants to the many stages involved in manufacturing and launching satellites—from the initial design through to launch. The challenge also encourages participants …

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Kazakhstan To Start Its Own Satellite Design And Manufacturing Industrial Base

Kazakhstan has revealed that it intends to stand up and establish its own satellite manufacturing capabilities and industry with the aim of being able to build and launch its own communications and Earth observation satellites, as well as scientific and technological testbed spacecraft. According to an unnamed official from the …

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UAE Hosts Luxembourg At Abu Dhabi Global Market For Space Investment Forum

The space agencies of the United Arab Emirates and Luxembourg, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), convened the UAE/Luxembourg Space Investment Forum on 29 January 2020 in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. The forum brought together senior government and space officials from both countries, …

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Kleos Space Ships Four Satellites To India For 11 February 2020 Launch

The space-powered radio frequency reconnaissance data-as-a-service company will launch its first satellites aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) PSLV C49 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Chennai, India. In an update issued to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) on 31 January 2020, Kleos Space CEO Andy Bowyer said, …

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France And Greece Hold Space Cooperation Talks, Participate In Athens Space Industry Day

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Athens for the France-Greece space industry day organized by CNES, the French Embassy in Greece, and the Greek authorities, on 31 January 2020. Le Gall gave the opening address and outlined France’s space programme and its potential for working …

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GMV To Install Control Systems On Space Norway Communications Satellites

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Deliver Space-Based Broadband Communication Satellites to North Polar Region for Space Norway

GMV, the world’s number-one independent supplier of commercial telecommunication satellite control centers, has signed a contract with Northrop Grumman for development and supply of the Satellite Operations Center for Space Norway HEOSAT’s ASBM-1 and ASBM-2 satellites. Space Norway HEOSAT, a subsidiary of the government owned Space Norway, is a Norwegian …

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