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Japan To Launch Electro-Optical IGS Reconnaissance Satellite In January 2020

Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satellite launch vehicle will send Japan’s eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into orbit from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwest Japan, on 27 January 2020. The IGS satellite will carry …

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Russia Proposes To Jointly Build SAR Earth Observation Satellites With Belarus

The President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Aleksandr Sergeyev, has stated that Russia intends to build a group of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) Earth observation satellites with assistance from the space and satellite industry of Belarus, according to Belarusian news agency BELTA. Sergeyev revealed the Earth observation satellite plan …

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COSMO-SkyMed, ANGELS, EyeSat, And OPS-SAT Successfully Launched By Arianespace

Arianespace’s Soyuz accomplished a flawless launch from the Guiana Space Centre (GSC), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, on 18 December 2019 orbiting COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation for the Italian space agency ASI and the Italian Ministry of Defence, CHEOPS for the European Space Agency (ESA), ANGELS and EyeSat for French space agency …

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India’s NAVIC GNSS Capability Declared An Allied System By U.S. Congress

The U.S. Congress has formally acknowledged India’s NAVIC global navigation satellite system (GNSS) to be an “allied system” in its finalized 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the legislative bill that outlines the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget, policies, and priorities for the coming fiscal year. The acknowledgement of NAVIC …

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Hawkeye 360 RF Geolocation Company Awarded U.S. National Reconnaissance Office Study Contract

HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics, reports it has been awarded a contract for a commercial RF survey study from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Through the contract, HawkEye 360 will examine the …

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BRICS Member States Negotiating Earth Observation Satellite Sharing Framework

The member states of the BRICS economic bloc – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – are in the midst of negotiating a mutually beneficial framework that will allow each country to access certain Earth observation satellites from each other, according to various press reports. The aim, according to …

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France And Senegal Step Up Satellite Imagery Sharing And Cooperation, Space-Based Air Navigation

The President of the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales  (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, visited Dakar, Senegal, on 12 December 2019 to take part in the commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). Speaking to …

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Turkmenistan Declares Technical Requirements Agreed For First Earth Observation Satellite

The government of the Central Asian state of Turkmenistan has announced that it has agreed to the technical requirements for the design, construction, and launch of its first Earth observation satellite, according to press reports in Turkmenistan. Turkmen Deputy Prime Minister Bayramgeldy Ovezov told an industrial and telecommunications workshop in …

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First Satellite Of Cosmo-SkyMed SAR Second Generation Ready For Launch

The first satellite COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG-1) is ready to be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation or CSG (COnstellation of Satellites for the Mediterranean basin Observation), is a dual use (civil and defence) constellation of two satellites  promoted by the Italian Space Agency and the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl of the International Institute for Space Law

The International Institute of Space Law (IISL) is the global association for space law with individual and institutional members from almost 50 countries. The IISL’s key mission is the promotion of further development of space law and expansion of the rule of law in the exploration and use of outer …

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