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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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USSF’s Next Gen OPIR Missile Warning Satellite System Completes Payload PDR

The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting (GEO) satellite program, commonly referred to as NGG, completed its preliminary design reviews (PDR) for its two candidate mission payloads on 21 May 2020. “NGG is a critical piece of our missile …

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Peru And US Space Command Sign Space Data Sharing Agreement

U.S. Space Command took another step in expanding its international space data sharing network; this time with the nation of Peru on 20 May 2020. Maj. Gen. Javier Tuesta Marquez, National Commission on Aerospace Research and Development (CONIDA), Republic of Peru, and Rear Adm. Marcus A. Hitchcock, USSPACECOM Director of …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Japan’s New Space Domain Mission Unit And Security In The Indo-Pacific Region

By Yuka Koshino Japan’s establishment of the Space Domain Mission Unit, which is planned to become fully operational in 2023, reflects the country’s increasing reliance on space systems to meet its security needs. It could emerge as a key actor in the defence of space assets in the Indo-Pacific. In …

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Japan Stands Up Its First Military Space Operations Squadron

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and Ministry of Defense (MoD) stood up the country’s first Space Operations Squadron – the first component of Japan’s Space Domain Mission Unit (SDMU) – in a ceremony presided by the Japanese Minister of Defense Taro Kono on 18 May 2020. The Space Operations Squadron, …

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Kleos Space Awarded Micro-Satellite Military Utility Contract For ISR Data

Kleos Space, the Luxembourg-headquartered radio frequency (RF) satellite reconnaissance company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has been awarded a contract by the Micro-Satellite Military Utility (MSMU) Project The MSMU project is coordinated by the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory …

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Boeing-Built X-37B Launches In Second Mission For U.S. Space Force

The Boeing-built X-37B autonomous spaceplane launched 18 May 2020 on top of a uniquely configured United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Boeing is the prime contractor for the X-37B spaceplane and facilitates the integration of all experiments into the vehicle ensuring they receive the correct power, thermal and data services …

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Isotropic Systems Gets Antenna Evaluation And Development Contract With U.S. Defense Innovation Unit

Isotropic Systems, a leading developer of transformational broadband terminal technologies, announced on 18 May 2020 an antenna evaluation and development contract with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to test the ability of its patented multi-beam antennas to unlock high-powered bandwidth aboard next-gen Naval vessels at sea. As the U.S. Navy …

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Gilmour Space Inks Deal With Australian Department Of Defence To Build A Rocket

Australia’s Department of Defence and Gold Coast startup Gilmour Space Technologies have joined forces to work together on space technologies under a new strategic agreement. Gilmour, the leading hybrid rocket launch provider is developing lower-cost, reliable and dedicated rockets to launch small satellites into low earth orbits. The new partnership …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dynamic Data Analysis – Making Knowledge And Understanding Out Of Data And Information

By Guy Thomas, Contributing Editor Recently CLS posted a nine slide brief on LinkedIn describing on how its Maritime Awareness System (MAS) software tool is helping maritime authorities all over the world understand what is happening in the Strait of Hormuz, which is a vitally important waterway because 40% of …

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