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Scott Pace leaves U.S. National Space Council

Paris, 5 January 2021. – After three-and-a-half years of service as Executive Secretary of the White House National Space Council, Scott Pace left and returned to George Washington University, spacepolicyonline.com reported. Pace was Director of the Space Policy Institute at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs before being tapped by …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Rethinking the Inevitable: Why We Need to Stop Hoping, and Prepare for Space Warfare

by Doug Loverro In the not-so-distant future, some country’s leader will be forced to answer the following question – will they passively allow the citizens and military forces of their nation to be targeted, with impunity, by the space forces of an adversary nation?  Will they countenance thousands of sailors …

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U.S. SDA awards $150 million launch contract to SpaceX

Paris, 4 January 2021. – The U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) has awarded SpaceX a $150 million launch service contract, the agency announced. The Hawthorne, California-based firm has been awarded a $150,450,000 firm-fixed-price contract for launch services from Vandenberg Air Force Base for the Space Development Agency’s Tranche 0 Transport …

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France launches super high-resolution military satellite

Paris, 30 December 2020. – France launched the second of its three CSO super high-resolution military satellites from French Guiana, the manufacturer Airbus announced. The Earth observation satellite CSO-2 that Airbus has built for the French Armed Forces has been successfully launched on a Soyuz launcher from the Kourou European …

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Bangkok start-up to build “first spaceship of Thailand”

Paris, 30 December 2020. – “E la nave va” – but it’s not a movie: The Bangkok-based start-up mu Space wants to build “the first spaceship of Thailand” next year, the company announced. The company said during the opening of its first spaceship factory in Thailand that it wants to …

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UK loses Galileo and Egnos but can continue with Copernicus and ESA

Paris, 29 December 2020. – The United Kingdom will no longer participate in the European Galileo or Egnos programs but can continue, in principle, with Copernicus and remain member of the European Space Agency (ESA), the British Government said. On its official www.gov.uk website, the Government lists the „Brexit transition: …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: 2020 in Review: a Space Security Perspective

by Daniel Porras 2020 will be a year long remembered by anyone who lived through it, though maybe not for the best reasons. Between political strife, a pandemic and natural disasters, a person could be forgiven for thinking it was the end of days. But modern civilisation has not collapsed …

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Japan joins forces with U.S. Space Force

Paris, 28 December 2020. – The U.S. Space Force and Japan’s Office of National Space Policy signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch two U.S. payloads on Japan’s Quasi Zenith Satellite System. The Department of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center is developing the payloads, which feature Space Domain …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Doug Loverro” On 5 January 2021

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Doug Loverro, President at Loverro Consulting, Virgina, USA. This event will take place on 5 January 2021 at 4:00 pm CET. For decades the international community has tried, and failed, to achieve agreement on treaties aimed at preventing war …

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Viasat buys RigNet for $222 million

Paris, 23 December 2020. – Viasat acquires RigNet, a Nasdaq-listed provider of ultra-secure, intelligent networking solutions and specialized applications, the company announced on Monday. The all-stock transaction values RigNet at an enterprise value of approximately $222 million, Viasat said. “The acquisition will help to further accelerate Viasat’s strategy to provide …

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