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ESPI Brief 29: Perspectives on a European Space Council

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 29: ‘Perspectives on a European Space Council’, originally published in February 2019. 1. Proposal for a European Space Council On January 22nd 2019, …

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France And China Convene 14th Joint Science And Technology Committee Meeting

France’s Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation Frédérique Vidal and China’s Minister for Science and Technology Wang Zhigang hosted the 14th French-Chinese joint science and technology committee in Beijing on 25 February 2019. Participants included Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall, Centre national de la recherche …

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Goonhilly Earth Station And Australian Space Agency Form Strategic Partnership To Drive Common Vision

The Australian Space Agency and iconic Goonhilly Earth Station have formed a strategic partnership that will see the creation of new opportunities in UK and Australian space industries and the wider world. The agreement will result in the further progress of the Australian space industry, making it more accessible to …

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Australia’s Western Sydney University Unveils Revolutionary Mobile SSA Capability

A revolutionary and world-first approach to space imaging led by Western Sydney University’s International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) will be demonstrated for the first time publicly at this year’s Avalon Airshow. The Astrosite, a mobile space situational awareness (SSA) module, is set to have game-changing impacts on a number …

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Airbus And Japan’s JSAT Partner To Design SpaceDataHighway Relay Node

Airbus and Japanese telecommunications satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT have signed a cooperation agreement for the design preparation of the EDRS-D node. This third communication node of the SpaceDataHighway system is to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region before 2025. EDRS-D will lead to a significant increase in the system’s …

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Egypt’s EGYPTSAT-A Successfully Launched By Russia Despite Slight Launch Issue

Egypt’s latest high-resolution Earth observation satellite, EGYPTSAT-A, was successfully launched on board a Soyuz launch vehicle with a Fregat upper stage from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan late on 21 February 2019. While EGYPTSAT-A was eventually placed in its intended orbit at 650 kilometres altitude, there were reportedly some issues …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Private Investment Into Chinese Space – Balancing Control With Innovation

By Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan Many would correctly say that much of the innovation in the Western space industry over the past decade has occurred because of the private sector. While billionaires such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos get a disproportionate share of media coverage, there are dozens …

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EU Selects SES Networks To Provide SATCOM Connectivity For European Maritime Safety Organisation UAV’s

SES Networks’ managed services will boost connectivity for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) services of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) provided to EU Member States and Agencies. These maritime surveillance activities supported by SES Networks are aimed at improving maritime security and safety operations, as well as response to …

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UK Space Agency Gives OneWeb $23.2 Million Funding For Next-Gen Constellation

Affordable worldwide internet coverage is one step closer as of 18 February 2019, after 18 million pounds (U.S.$23.2 million) of UK Space Agency funding was awarded to OneWeb through the European Space Agency (ESA), to aid the development of its next generation satellite constellation. A global communications network in space, …

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UAE’s Yahsat And Thuraya Unveil MILSATCOM Solutions At Abu Dhabi’s IDEX 2019

Yahsat, the UAE’s leading global satellite operator, together with Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, are displaying the latest government and military satellite communication technologies at this year’s International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17-21 February 2019. During the five-day exhibition, Yahsat Government …

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