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ViaSat Terminals Undergo UK Skynet MILSATCOM Assurance And Certification Process

Viasat Inc. reports that its Multi-Mission Terminal (MMT), the AN/TSC-241, has started the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Skynet satellite communications (SATCOM) architecture assurance and certification process, which will authorize the terminal’s operation on the Skynet X-band system as well as other government and commercial networks. Viasat expects to complete …

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New Zealand Establishes MethaneSAT Climate Change Space Programme

The New Zealand Government announced on 7 November 2019 it would contribute NZ$26 million towards MethaneSAT, a state-of-the-art satellite designed to detect global methane emissions with unprecedented accuracy. The mission is being led by United States-based NGO Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and its subsidiary MethaneSAT LLC, who have signed a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Russia-China Strategic Alliance Gets a New Boost with Missile Early Warning System

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present  “Russia-China Strategic Alliance Gets a New Boost with Missile Early Warning System?”, originally published on 28 October 2019 in The Diplomat. In …

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French Space Agency Promotes Small Satellites For Sustainable Development At COSPAR

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was at the 4th Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) symposium that is taking place in Herzliya, Israel, from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November 2019 on the theme of “Small Satellites for Sustainable Science and Development.” Formed in 1958, COSPAR is …

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UAE’s MBRSC Hosts 4th Young Professional In Space Conference In Dubai

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) launched the fourth edition of the Young Professionals in Space (YPS) Conference, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The UAE is the first Arab country in the MENA region to host this conference. The conference lasted until 6 November 2019, featuring …

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China Promotes Greater Use Of BeiDou GNSS In Central Asia

The Chinese government has started an initiative to promote greater use of its BeiDou global navigation satellite system (GNSS) in Central Asian countries for applications such as precision farming, transportation, and disaster relief and management. Agreements between China and Central Asian countries were signed at the China-Central Asia Cooperation Forum …

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Turkey Mulling Space Launch Cooperation With Kazakhstan Out Of Baikonur Cosmodrome

Kazakhstan has proposed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with Turkey in order to collaborate on space launch out of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, according to an official from the Aerospace Committee of the Kazakh Ministry of Defence and Aerospace Industry. “Kazakhstan proposed that Turkish spaceships use launching capacities, as well …

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Sudan’s First Satellite SRSS-1 Launched By China

Sudan’s first satellite, the Sudan Remote Sensing Satellite (SRSS)-1, was successfully launched in the morning on 3 November 2019 by a Chinese Long March 4B satellite launch vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in China’s northern Shanxi Province, according to reporting in Space in Africa. The Long March 4B …

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UK And Australia Partner For Satellite Monitoring Of Pacific Islands Under Climate Change Threat

The UK Space Agency is looking for project ideas, to be delivered through UK aid, that use the data collected by satellites to improve decision-making for disaster risk reduction, ocean monitoring, mangrove mapping and maritime management. This will also see Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation …

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Azerbaijan’s AzerCosmos Reports Revenue Increase Of 81% For First 3Q Of 2019

Azerbaijan’s state space company, AzerCosmos Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC), posted revenues of U.S.$30.2 million for the period January-September 2019, an increase of 81 per-cent for the same period in 2018, according to Azerbaijani press reports. Over the period of January-September 2019, Azercosmos exported services to 24 countries. During the …

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