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Philippines’ Dept of Agriculture To Use Satellite Technology For Crop Insurance

In an effort to digitize Philippine agriculture, the Department of Agriculture (DA) through Planters Products Inc. (PPI) and the Satsure AG signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on 8 June to provide better crop insurance in the country using satellite technology. The MOA signing was witnessed by Agriculture Secretary William …

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Lockheed Martin Partners With TAQNIA To Build New Satellite Ground System For KSA

Following the successful launch and operation of Saudi Arabia’s newest commercial communications satellite, SaudiGeoSat-1 (SGS-1), Lockheed Martin has been selected to develop a new ground system to control, manage and operate the satellite. The Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA) and Lockheed Martin will develop and deploy the new …

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Serbia And China Sign Space Technology Cooperation Agreement

Serbia and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on space technology cooperation on 5 June 2020. The MoU includes a provision for the joint development of a Sino-Serbian satellite. The MoU was signed for China by Zhang Kejian, director of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), and Nenad Popovic, …

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Oman Solicits Requirement Bids For Communications Satellite

The Sultanate of Oman’s Space Communication Technologies LLC (SCT) issued on 3 June 2020 an invitation for consultancy bids to help the company determine the requirements for Oman’s first communications satellite. SCT is mandated by the government of the Sultanate of Oman to oversee the all of the necessary work …

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Russia To Develop Space Surveillance Satellite To Monitor Space Debris As Part Of Milky Way SSA Network

The Russian state space corporation Roscosmos is to develop a low-Earth orbit (LEO) space surveillance satellite that will help monitor space debris and should be launched by 2027, according to a senior Roscosmos official in remarks to the TASS news agency on 28 May 2020. The satellite will be part …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl On The Challenges Of Space Law

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl discussed space law for the future, offering his expert ideas and insights into space law-making, as well as describing some important goals and challenges to the process. “It is a remarkable achievement that, for nearly 50 years, outer space actors …

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NRL Conducts First Test Of Solar Power Satellite Hardware In Orbit

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory engineers launched PRAM, the Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module, aboard an Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle on 17 May 2020 as part of a comprehensive investigation into prospective terrestrial use of solar energy captured in space. “To our knowledge, this experiment is the first test in …

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Astroscale Opens Series E Funding Round And Secures First Investor

Astroscale Holdings Inc., a market-leader in developing technology and services to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, announced on 18 May 2020 that it has opened a Series E funding round and has secured I-NET CORP., a leading Japanese data center provider, as its first investor for an …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: We Need A Strong EU Space Programme To Jump-Start The Economy After Covid-19

By Katerina Nedbalova As the coronavirus pandemic causes changes in citizens‘ daily lives across Europe and beyond, we clearly understand there are many areas of the global economy which will now need our joint effort to improve after the pandemic declines. One very important area is Earth Observation, by means …

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