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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Bleddyn Bowen On Russia’s RPO With America’s NRO

One of the more notable space stories of the past week is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in Earth orbit, SpaceWatch.Global …

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Combined Space Operations Initiative Welcomes France And Germany

The Principals’ Board for the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) initiative came together in Ottawa, Canada, for its annual meeting last week to formally recognize the addition of France and Germany to the CSpO initiative. Participants also discussed the current and future space environment; coordinated policy, global operations and capabilities; and …

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U.S. Alleges Two Russian Satellites Are Stalking One Of Its Satellites

The United States is alleging that two Russian satellites are stalking a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) reconnaissance satellite in low-Earth orbit (LEO), and has formally complained about the matter to the Russian government according to numerous press reports. According to the United States, a Russian geodetic satellite called Cosmos-2542 …

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Global Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2020: A Report From A Maritime Viewpoint

By Guy Thomas The annual Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) 2020 conference is now history. Every attendee I spoke with, and that was most of them, seemed to agree it was one of the best in the last 10 years. I concur, and I have been to most of them. Over …

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German Armed Forces Discuss CSpO Initiative Cooperation With U.S. Space Command

A delegation of German military leaders in air and space operations met with U.S. space leaders, as well as Space X, and visited U.S. space operators and facilities at Vandenberg AFB, California, to discuss current multinational operations and future bilateral cooperation on 5-6 February 2020. In December Germany became the …

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UK’s Defence Science And Technology Laboratory Participates In Five Eyes SSA Experiment

A unique, collaborative experiment being conducted by the UK’s A unique, collaborative experiment being conducted by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and representatives from the Five-Eyes nations (Dstl) and representatives from the Five-Eyes nations (UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) aims to make  improvements in Space …

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Japan Successfully Launches Latest IGS Reconnaissance Satellite

A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA satellite launch vehicle successfully lofted an electro-optical Intelligence Gathering Satellite (IGS) on behalf of the Japanese Cabinet Office from the Tanegashima Space Centre, Kagoshima Prefecture, in southwest Japan on 9 February 2020. The launch of the IGS satellite, dubbed IGS Optical 7, was initially …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: Australia Should Take The Next Steps To Be A New And Important Space Power

By Dr. Malcolm Davis There’s been great interest about the establishment of a “United States Space Force” by the Trump Administration. President Trump began promoting the concept of a sixth and fully independent military force for space since early 2018, and the actual space force was formalised under a Congressional …

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Royal Thai Air Force’s First Satellite Expected To Be Launched In March 2020

The first satellite of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), named Napa-1, is expected to be launched on board an Arianespace Vega satellite launch vehicle on 24 March 2020. This satellite is part of the RTAF’s new focus on the space domain, which is also likely to include a space …

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GMV To Install Control Systems On Space Norway Communications Satellites

Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Deliver Space-Based Broadband Communication Satellites to North Polar Region for Space Norway

GMV, the world’s number-one independent supplier of commercial telecommunication satellite control centers, has signed a contract with Northrop Grumman for development and supply of the Satellite Operations Center for Space Norway HEOSAT’s ASBM-1 and ASBM-2 satellites. Space Norway HEOSAT, a subsidiary of the government owned Space Norway, is a Norwegian …

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