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Military Satellites Included In Massive U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal; Pressure Is On For France

Details are emerging about the U.S.$110 billion arms deal struck between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the visit of President Donald J. Trump to Riyadh in May 2017. The main focus of the massive arms package on offer to Saudi Arabia are precision strike and …

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Airbus to provide SpaceKnow with access to “One Atlas” for development of new analytics

Airbus Defence and Space will provide SpaceKnow, a leading provider of satellite imagery analysis, with access to its One Atlas optical satellite imagery basemap streaming service. Objective of the respective agreement is to allow online access to Pléiades and SPOT satellite imagery, and support the development of new analytics applications …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Johann Richard of Swiss Space Office

This week, from 15-16 June, the Swiss Space Office will present the Swiss Space Industry Days. This event will be a must-attend for any company, established or emerging, that is part of the space industry in Switzerland and beyond. The Space Industry Days will provide valuable, up-to-date information to current …

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Iran Set To Join Eurasian Economic Union, Participate in Bloc’s Space Activities

Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are close to cementing a free trade deal that would see Tehran join the trade bloc built around former Soviet republics by the end of 2017. Once this happens, Iran will also be poised to participate in the EAEU’s nascent space activities. The …

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Copernicus Sentinel-3B Put Through Battery of Tests In Preparation For Launch

While the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite is in orbit delivering a wealth of information about our home planet, engineers are putting its twin, Sentinel-3B, through a series of vigorous tests before it is shipped to the launch site next year. The Sentinel-3 mission is designed as a two-satellite constellation to give …

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#GEOINT2017: Harris Corporation Worldwide Maritime Tracking Technology Now Operational; Tracking 250,000 Ships

Harris Corporation’s first four maritime vessel tracking receivers are now operational – establishing the beginning of the only global, persistent, real-time Automatic Identification System (AIS) ship tracking capability. Launched January 14, 2017, onboard four Iridium NEXT satellites, the maritime tracking hosted payloads are now tracking 250,000 ships and providing data …

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#GEOINT2017: DigitalGlobe Announces Multi-Source Area Monitoring and Analytic Capabilities for SecureWatch™

DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, has announced it will launch a premium monitoring service, SecureWatch Sites, which provides current satellite images of high-interest, global locations on a regular basis from multiple commercial providers. SecureWatch Sites imagery is made available through the …

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Regional Beidou Centre of Excellence To Be Opened in Tunisia in November 2017

China and Middle Eastern states are working together to promote the use of China’s Beidou Navigation Satellite System in the region, according to a statement following an industry forum on May 24, 2017. All parties concerned have pledged to strengthen their communication and collaboration in satellite navigation and to bring …

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Iran Adds Soha Remote Sensing Satellite to List of Imminent Launches

Iranian press reports suggest that Iran is preparing a third satellite for launch within the next 12-18 months. The satellite in question is called Soha, a remote sensing satellite believed to have a resolution of 15 metres. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the head of the Iran …

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Israel Aerospace Industries Hands Over Venµs Satellite to Israel Space Agency

Having completed its assembly, Israel parted from Venµs, the first Israeli-made satellite created for environmental research purposes. Within the next few days, the satellite will go on its way to the launcher located in French Guiana. At an official ceremony held at, May 25th, at Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) Space …

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