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Russia’s Glavkosmos Offers To Build Second Bangladeshi Communications Satellite

Glavkosmos, the Russian launch services and satellite company, has expressed an interest in building and launching Bangladesh’s second communications satellite, Bangabandhu-2, according to several Bangladeshi press reports. Vitaly Safonov, the deputy director-general of Glavkosmos, is heading a team of six satellite engineers on a fact-finding mission to Dhaka, the Bangladeshi …

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UAE’s KhalifaSat Marks One Year On Orbit: 7,250 Images Captured

Within one year of its launch, KhalifaSat captured 7,250 high-quality images and was able to complete 5,431 low Earth orbits, and communicated with the ground station at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) 906 times to send information and images, and receive updates. KhalifaSat sent 355 terabytes of data …

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UAE’s MBRSC Receives IAF Flag For 2020’s 71st International Astronautical Congress In Dubai

The UAE, represented by Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), received the organising committee flag for the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which is set to be held in Dubai in 2020. Al Shaibani and Pascale Ehrenfreund, the new President of the International …

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Vietnam Hosts 33rd Committee On Earth Observation Satellites In Hanoi

The Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) hosted the plenary of the 33rd Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) in Hanoi on 15 October 2019. The plenary involved delegations from 30 member organisations from countries such as Australia, Canada, China, France, Italy, …

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France’s CNES Enjoys Success At 70th International Astronautical Congress

On 25 October 2019 the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) came to a close in Washington, D.C. More than 6,800 representatives of the space community gathered from over 80 countries for a week of events, meetings and collaborations that will shape the future of space. The General Assembly of the …

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Germany’s DLR Teams With U.S. Federal Aviation Administration For Commercial Space Traffic Management

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Office of Commercial Space Transportation of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are seeking to identify the data that may need to be exchanged between United States and European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP’s) prior to, during …

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Kazakhstan And Belarus Extend Space Cooperation Agreement To Include Exchange Of Satellite Imagery

Kazakhstan and Belarus have extended their 2017 space cooperation agreement, and have committed to exchanging satellite imagery with each other. The agreement was extended on 25 October 2019 as part of a number of Kazakh-Belarusian cooperative initiatives. The extended space cooperation agreement was signed on behalf of Kazakhstan by its …

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Armenia And Georgia Discuss Satellite Communications Collaboration

Government ministers from Armenia and Georgia met recently to discuss a range of economic and technical cooperation proposals, among them satellite communications. Tigran Avinyan, the Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia, met with the Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Natia Turnava, in the Armenian capital city Yerevan on 22 …

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Luxembourg Space Agency And Germany’s DLR To Cooperate On Space Resources Utilization

The German Aerospace Center, the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR), and Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), have agreed to cooperate in the exploration and use of space. The signing ceremony took place at the 70th International Aeronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington, DC, the U.S. capital. Representatives of DLR and …

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France’s CNES And U.S. Department Of Commerce Sign Agreement Opening Up Cooperation On SSA And Space Traffic Management

On 23 October 2019, on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross signed a Declaration of Intent with Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall. The Declaration charts a path forward for expanded cooperation between the Department and the French space agency …

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