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Armenia’s President Signs Package Of Space Activity Laws

The president of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, signed into law a package of space activity legislation on 26 March 2020 that amend existing laws and regulations to expand state and commercial space activity in Armenia. President Sarkissian signed legislation that supplements the Armenian tax code, state duty law, licensing law, administrative …

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GMV’s Space Business Grows By 30%

Spanish technology multinational GMV reports that 2019 was a red-letter year for its space business. Its turnover, topping €140 million (US$149.6 million) for a total €245 million (US$261.8 million) group revenue, is up nearly 30% on the previous year. These figures confirm that GMV’s space business is still booming, multiplying …

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AIAA Calls Upon U.S. Policymakers To Protect Mission-Critical Aerospace And Defense Workforce And Supply Chain

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace technical society, issued a statement on 20 March 2020, calling on federal government officials and lawmakers to be mindful of and support the aerospace and defense industry during this challenging time. A press release from the AIAA reads: …

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Afghanistan Seeks Use Of Indian Satellite For Distance Learning During Covid-19 Crisis

In a recent South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) videoconference to develop a joint strategy to combat Covid-19, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani asked India to make a satellite available to Afghan residents to assist with online education and help ensure social distancing to prevent spread of the virus, according …

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Exolaunch To Deliver UAE Space Agency’s Small Satellite Into Orbit On Soyuz-2

Berlin-based Exolaunch, a leading launch services and deployment system provider for small satellites, announced on 17 March 2020 that the launch of a 3U cubesat, MeznSat, for the UAE Space Agency will be performed aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket. The purpose of the satellite is to study and monitor the greenhouse …

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Kleos Data To Target Environmental Challenges In Brazil

Kleos Space S.A., a space-powered radio frequency reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, announced on 6 March 2020 that the Brazilian government agency Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Naturale Biocombustíveis (ANP) is to evaluate Kleos data at no cost for three months, commencing at the time the relevant data set is made …

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CNES President Participates In Inaugural Aerospace Europe Conference (AEC2020)

The Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President, Jean-Yves Le Gall, attended the first edition of the Aerospace Europe Conference (AEC2020), held 25-28 February 2020  in Bordeaux. The theme of the conference, organized by 3AF, the French aeronautical and astronautical association, was ‘Greener Aerospace Innovative Technologies and Operations for a human …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: ISRO And Satellites Launches – Why The Economic Survey Is Misleading

By Kartik Bommakanti The Economic Survey -2020, which preceded the Budget 2020-21 released by Nirmala Sitharaman’ first full budget as finance minister rather bizarrely focused almost exclusively on the number of launches undertaken by major space faring states including India as a good indicator of the strength and the health …

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Data From French-Chinese CFOSAT Satellite On Stream For Scientific Community

Initial observations from the first joint science mission between France and China, received from the the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT), satellite launched 29 October 2018, are now offering new insights into the ocean surface. On 19 February 2020, the French and Chinese space agencies gave the go-ahead on the recommendation …

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Four New Chinese Beidou GNSS Satellites Declared Operational

Four new satellites for the Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) recently passed technical and system tests and checks in orbit, and have started operations within the BeiDou global navigation satellite servive (GNSS) network, according to China’s Satellite Navigation System Management Office. The four new satellites are the 41st, 49th, …

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