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Space Wars: U.S.-Led Military Space Coalition Takes Shape In Response To Space Threats

Surrounded by air chiefs from 11 other nations, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein plunged deep into discussion 11 April 2019 about the changing nature of space. The daylong meeting at a secure facility in Colorado Springs was the first time air chiefs from other countries …

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Military Space: Japan And United States Pledge Mutual Defence Cooperation In Space, Cyber

On 19 April 2019, the U.S.–Japan Security Consultative Committee convened in Washington, DC, with the participation of Secretary of State Pompeo, Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono, and Minister of Defense Iwaya. During the meeting, the Ministers affirmed their strong commitment to realize a “free and …

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Saudi Space Agency Begins To Take Shape, Reported $1 Billion Budget In First Year

French online national security news publication Intelligence Online is reporting that the recently created Saudi Space Agency is beginning to take shape under the leadership of Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the son of the reigning King Salman, half-brother of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and first Saudi astronaut. According …

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Space Forum to Focus on Leveraging Data from Space

On May 21st and 22nd, space and digital experts will share their knowledge and discuss the latest trends during the next edition of Space Forum. Organised in parallel with ICT Spring, a global tech conference, Space Forum will take place at the European Convention Center, Luxembourg, at the very heart …

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European Military Space: Poland And USSTRATCOM Agree To Share Space Services And Data

United States Strategic Command and the Polish Space Agency signed an agreement for space situational awareness (SSA) services and data at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 10 April 2019. Agreements like these lay the foundation that allows the United States to share information with allies and partners. …

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Indian Space Wars: India’s DRDO Head Outlines Counterspace Capability Ambitions

Following its 27 March 2019 direct-ascent antisatellite (ASAT) missile test that destroyed a target satellite in low-Earth orbit (LEO), the head of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – G. Satheesh Reddy – has outlined to Indian media his organisation’s counterspace technology ambitions for the coming years. Reddy’s comments …

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Space Wars: United States And Allies Discuss Combined Space Operations Initiative

Air Chiefs and senior space officials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States held a meeting at Headquarters Air Force Space Command to discuss the future of the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) initiative on 10 April 2019. Following the meeting, the seven nations …

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Australian Space Agency Signs Collaboration Agreement With Boeing For Aussie Space Development

Boeing and the Australian Space Agency have signed a Statement of Strategic Intent to help advance the agency’s goals to expand Australia’s domestic space industry. By 2030, Australia would like to grow the space market segment from AU$3.9 billion to AU$12 billion and double space industry employment from about 10,000 …

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Brexit In Orbit: U.S. Think Tank Publishes Report On Brexit And Its Impact On The UK Space Sector

The impending separation of the United Kingdom from the European Union (or “Brexit”) will have a seismic effect upon British society and commerce, and the growing British space sector will be no exception. A new report by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS), What Brexit Means …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: India Destroys Its Own Satellite With A Test Missile, Still Says Space Is For Peace

By Bin Li On March 27, India announced it had successfully conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, called “Mission Shakti”. After the United States, Russia and China, India is now the fourth country in the world to have demonstrated this capability. The destroyed satellite was one of India’s own. But …

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