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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: How to bridge the legal-voluntary divide in space security

By Daniel A Porras* The US and Russia just met in Vienna for the Space Security Exchange, a bilateral discussion between two of the world’s biggest space-military powers, to discuss what might be done about growing space-security threats. This comes amid considerable turmoil in space politics, as the US and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: The Libyan Conflict through the Lens of Very High Resolution Satellite Imagery

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and European Space Imaging, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is “The Libyan Conflict through the Lens of Very High Resolution Satellite Imagery”, originally published in 24 June 2020. Very High Resolution Satellite Imagery at True 30 cm …

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Airbus, GRC, Avanti and Get SAT to create high-speed, secure mobile satcom solution

Airbus Defense and Space, GRC, Avanti Communications Group and Get SAT have signed a contract to deliver high-speed, secure satcom-on-the-move connectivity to a UK customer. GRC partnered with Airbus to deliver hardware, training, and support for GetSat Microsat terminals on Avanti airtime, allowing users to access high-speed voice and data …

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Airbus to extend and enhance Skynet satellites for UK Ministry of Defence

Airbus Defense and Space has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) to extend and enhance the Skynet fleet. This will involve the development, manufacture, cyber protection, assembly, integration, test and launch, of a military communications satellite, Skynet 6A, planned for launch in 2025. The contract also …

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Space Traffic Management and the urgency to respond to the problem together

We are proud of our heritage to go the Moon and to send satellites into Earth orbit. Humanity is depending on space objects, for Navigation with Global Navigation Satellite Systems like GPS, Glonass, Galileo or Beidou, weather satellites and Earth observation satellites. Space became a critical infrastructure for our daily …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: On-Orbit Servicing, a double-edged sword

by Angelica Gould As orbital traffic continues to expand and flourish, on-orbit sustainability efforts must also evolve. On-Orbit Servicing (OOS) can renovate degrading space assets and advance space sustainability through in-space manufacturing, orbit modification, refurbishment, and resource replenishment. However, the very nature of and intricacy in conducting OOS operations can …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: Australia and the US in space—ready for lift-off?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and The Strategist, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles. This is “Australia and the US in space—ready for lift-off?” by Malcolm Davis, originally published on 8 July 2020. Last month, the US Department of Defense released the unclassified summary of a new strategy …

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Australia’s defense planning includes $7 billion for Space

The Morrison Government will invest $270 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade the capability and potency of the Australian Defense Force, while protecting the country’s interests in a changing global environment. In its recently-released 2020 Defense Strategic Update, the Morrison Government will signal a key change in Australia’s …

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Israel’s Ministry of Defense and IAI Launch the Ofek 16 Satellite

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The Space Administration in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), have successfully launched the Ofek 16 reconnaissance satellite into space on the sixth of July 2020, at 4:00 AM. The launch was performed from a launch …

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Thuraya Users to Benefit from Ericsson Core Network Modernization

United Arab Emirates-based mobile satellite services operator Thuraya has signed an agreement with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) for a core network modernization and upgrade to a 4G and 5G ready infrastructure. Ericsson will modernize and optimize Thuraya’s network to a virtualized core that supports existing and new features and services in …

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