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Israel’s Gilat Wavestream Awarded $6M Contract By U.S. Defense Department

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 4 December 2019 that its subsidiary Wavestream received orders for over U.S.$6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its state-of-the-art GaN BUCs,  to be supplied as the first award of a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Satellites for Nations: The Dawn of a New Era – The Key to New Markets?

By Blaine Curcio As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Blaine Curcio, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ‘Satellites for Nations: The Dawn of a New Era – The Key to New Markets?’, originally published at WestEastSpace.com on 24 November 2019. For decades, …

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Denmark Proposes Space-Based Maritime Domain Awareness For The Arctic

The Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, has said that Denmark intends to strengthen its surveillance capabilities over the Arctic Sea and airspace – to include space-based Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) – in response to Russia’s growing and expanded presence there. “We see increasing Russian presence around the Arctic,” Frederiksen said …

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U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System MILSATCOM Project Completes Critical Design Review

The Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization (EPS-R) Payload program reached a major program milestone completing a successful Delta Critical Design Review (CDR), Oct. 9. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) is the EPS-R Payload developer via an approximately $410 million contract awarded in February 2018 that runs through December 2023. The CDR …

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The Satellite Industry Welcomes WRC-19 Decisions

The Global Satellite Coalition (GSC), a group of seven trade associations representing the global satellite eco-system, has welcomed the decisions taken at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), Sharm-el-Sheikh, which allow satellite services to continue to bridge digital, education, health and social divides and connect more and more citizens …

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Record funding for European space investments in Seville at Space19+

In a world where change is the only constant, leadership is more important than ever. European ministers have strongly endorsed ESA to take this lead, increase its organisational agility, effectiveness and efficiency, and reinforce its relationship with the European Union. “We have looked at the future of our activities solely …

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Russia’s Roscosmos To Initiate Talks On Kinetic Kill ASAT Ban

The Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, has announced that it intends to initiate international talks to ban the testing and use of Kinetic Energy (KE) anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said that the talks are being proposed “with the aim of banning full-scale anti-satellite weapon tests held by …

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UK Conservative Party Election Pledge: We’ll Set Up a UK Space Command

The British Conservative Party has released its manifesto, as part of its campaign for the 12 December 2019 British General Election, and has pledged that if re-elected it will create a UK Space Command. In its manifesto, the Conservative Party, led by current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, pledged: “We will …

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UKspace 2020 Manifesto

On 21 November 2019 the UKspace trade association published its 2020 manifesto for a future British government to consider. With the 12 December 2019 British General Election, and at some point soon thereafter, the UK exiting the European Union, the UKspace 2020 Manifesto comes at an important juncture for Britain’s …

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NATO Foreign Ministers Officially Recognise Space As An Operational Domain

NATO Foreign Ministers met in Brussels on 20 November 2019 to address a wide range of security challenges in preparation for the meeting of NATO leaders in London. “We all agree that NATO remains indispensable for our security, and that despite our differences, we are stronger as we face the …

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