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Luxembourg’s Kleos Space Partners With UK’s IMSL To Channel Data To Clients

Kleos Space S.A. reports the signing of a commercial agreement with UK headquartered Intelligence Management Support Services Ltd (IMSL) for them to purchase Kleos Scouting Mission Data as a Service and to integrate and sell the Kleos data with related analytics services to government and industry customers around the world. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Why Space Debris Cleanup Might Be A National Security Threat

Saadia Pekkanen, University of Washington As an international relations scholar who studies space law and policy, I have come to realize what most people do not fully appreciate: Dealing with space debris is as much a national security issue as it is a technical one. Considering the debris circling the …

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Arctic Space: GLOBUS Radar In Norway For Arctic SSA; Space Norway Targets Military Contracts

As climate change makes the Arctic region, also known as the High North, more navigable for conventional shipping and open to natural resource exploitation, so geopolitical competition between Arctic countries such as Canada, Russia, United States, and Scandinavian countries such as Norway intensifies. This emerging geopolitical competition is also extending …

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Future Space Wars: Japan To Create Military SSA Unit, Incorporate AI Into Self-Defence Forces

The Japanese government will establish a command centre within the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to monitor space debris and traffic in Earth orbit as well as to carry out surveillance on foreign satellites as they orbit over Japanese territory. The SDF command centre could be established as early as fiscal year …

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Morocco’s Mohammed VI-B Imaging Satellite Launch Expected 20 November 2018

Morocco’s Mohammed VI-B high-resolution Earth observation satellite is expected to be launched on an Arianespace launch vehicle from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana on 20 November 2018, on board an Arianespace Vega satellite launch vehicle, with the mission dubbed by Arianespace as Vega Flight VV13. If the launch …

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Future Space Wars: China’s PLAAF Intends To Extend Its Reach Into Space

The Chinese Air Force – officially called the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) – intends to expand its presence into space as part of its plan to become a “world-class force,” China’s state-run media reported on 13 November 2018, quoting senior Chinese officers, and first reported outside of China …

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French Joint Space Command Outlines Satellite Protection Courses Of Action

Following revelations in September 2018 by French defence minister Florence Parly that Russian reconnaissance satellites had maneuvered close to the Athena-Fidus Franco-Italian communications satellite in 2017 in a suspected act of espionage, the French Joint Space Command and the Ministry of Defence are preparing a space defence strategy that will …

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Russia To Set Up SSA Observatories Along Arctic Ocean Coast

Russian scientists, with the support of the Russian government, intend to place a number of ground-based observatories in the Nenets Autonomous Region on Russia’s Northwest Arctic Ocean coast for the purposes of providing space situational awareness (SSA) of satellites and space debris in Polar orbits as the pass over the …

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Ethiopia Mulls Creating Space, Cyber Commands As Part of Defence Reforms

As part of significant defence reforms being proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia is considering the creation of a Cyber Security and Space Force, that if implemented, will operate under the command of the Ethiopian military. The proposed reforms also call for the creation of an Ethiopian naval base, …

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China’s CETC Claims Breakthrough In Quantum Radar Development

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) has unveiled details about its experimental Quantum radar technology during a press conference at the Zhuhai Airshow in China on 5 November 2018, according to a report first published in U.S. trade publication Aviation Week & Space Technology. The CETC press conference at the …

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