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Iran Claims To Be Developing One-Metre Resolution Earth Observation Satellite

The head of the Iran Space Agency, Morteza Barari, told Iranian media that Iran plans to develop and build a high-resolution Earth observation satellite capable of taking images of one-metre resolution. “We are after putting into the orbit a sensing satellite with the precision power of one meter,” Barari told …

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Sweden’s GomSPACE Tapped By ESA To Develop Miniaturized Electric Propulsion System

GomSpace’s subsidiary in Sweden and ESA have signed a contract to develop a miniaturized electric propulsion system suitable for small spacecrafts going on interplanetary missions. The contract will be carried out under ESA’s General Support Technology Program during the next 18 months, and the value is EUR 700,000. The work …

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UAE To Make Smart Map Of Emirati Natural Resources And Capital Using Satellite Imagery

The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced on 2 November 2019 that it has commenced work on the Smart Map of Natural Capital of the UAE. The two-phased initiative aims to identify local biologically rich ecosystems and the services they provide to the indigenous environment, in addition …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Dig deep: Australia’s mining know-how makes it the perfect $150m partner for NASA’s Moon and Mars shots

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Prof. Andrew Dempster, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Dig deep: Australia’s mining know-how makes it the perfect $150m partner for NASA’s Moon and Mars shots”, originally published 25  September 2019 at The Conversation. In …

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Race Is On To Supply High-Resolution Earth Observation Satellites To Vietnam

Earth observation satellite manufacturers from France, Israel, Japan, Russia, and the United States are vying to build a high-resolution imaging satellite for Vietnam, according to French online publication Intelligence Online. The Vietnamese government has reportedly allocated a budget of U.S.$1 billion over the next few years for the Earth observation …

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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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