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Egypt Receives Second ITU Extension For Military Satellite Due To Launch Delay

The Egyptian government has received a second extension from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to fill its orbital slot with a military communications satellite in an unprecedented and likely controversial decision by the international organisation, according to reporting in Space Intel Report. In 2016 the ITU granted its first extension …

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India And Japan To Hold First Space Dialogue In March 2019

India and Japan have scheduled their first annual bilateral space dialogue in March 2019, where they will discuss cooperation and coordination on a range of civil and national security space issues,  ranging from space-based maritime domain awareness and satellite reconnaissance through to the harmonization of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) …

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Australian Military Space: RAAF Preparing M1 And M2 Satellite Demonstration Missions

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is making preparations to carry out its Mission 1 (M1) and subsequent Mission 2 (M2) CubeSat and small satellite demonstrations in cooperation with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra, according to a report in The Australian newspaper. M1 and M2 are follow-on …

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British Military Space: UK’s DSTL Puts Out Tender For Project Oberon SAR Satellite

The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down has issued a tender for the development of a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite reconnaissance system that weighs less than 500 kilograms, with the aim of having an on-orbit demonstrator satellite by 2022 and the start of an operational …

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South Korea Taps Thales Alenia Space For SAR Reconnaissance Satellite Support

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has announced that it has signed two contracts with Korea, one with Aerospace Industries, LTD. (KAI), and one with Hanwha Systems Corporation (HSC), to develop a constellation of high-resolution observation radar satellites for the Agency for Defence Development  …

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Arctic Space: U.S. Geospatial Agency Taps GeoNorth To Provide Arctic Surveillance

The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awarded GeoNorth Information Systems (GNIS) a five-year, U.S.$15 million contract for persistent surveillance services of the Arctic region. Lockheed Martin will provide a scalable geospatial processing platform to enable the surveillance project. GNIS will leverage Lockheed Martin’s Rosetta technology, which includes a versatile and …

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China’s New Space Race: U.S. Space Official Concerned China Is Skewing Commercial Space Competition

A senior U.S. space official has told SpaceWatch.Global of the Trump administration’s concern that Chinese commercial and trade practices are distorting the international commercial space market, and that the U.S. does not envision any form of space cooperation with China as a result. In a wide-ranging interview with SpaceWatch.Global, Dr. …

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Morgan Stanley Forecasts Space As A Trillion-Dollar Industry By 2040

It’s been nearly half a century since humans left footprints on the moon and during that time human space exploration has largely centered on manned low-Earth orbit missions and unmanned scientific exploration. But now, high levels of private funding, advances in technology, and growing public-sector interest is renewing the call …

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Russian Military Space: Rokot Launches Three Strela-3M Communications Satellites

The Russian military successfully launched three Strela-3M communications satellites on 30 November 2018 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northwest Russia, according to reports from TASS, the Russian state news agency. “On Friday, November 30, at 5:27 Moscow time, an operational crew of the Space Troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Dr. Scott Pace Of The U.S. National Space Council, Part II

The United States National Space Council was re-established by President Donald J. Trump in 2017 after ceasing operations in 1993. The Council works to develop a strategy for national space activities and also to foster co-operation with other countries and space agencies in order to advance the U.S. space agenda …

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