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Italian Air Force To Use Virgin Galactic For Suborbital Research Flight

Virgin Galactic has announced a new contract with the Italian Air Force for a research flight on the company’s SpaceShipTwo system during which Italian researchers will actively conduct experiments while they are in space. The contract marks the first time a government department has funded a human-tended research flight on …

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U.S. Department of Defense Awards Iridium 5-Year Gateway Evolution Contract Worth Up to $76 Million

Iridium has been awarded a 5-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency on behalf of the United States Air Force Space Command (AFSpC) with potential revenues up to $76 million.  Known as the Gateway Evolution Contract (GEC), this contract enables ongoing innovation and critical enhancements for …

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Royal Thai Air Force Taps ISISpace For Next-Generation Earth Observation CubeSat

The Royal Thai Air Force has awarded a contract to ISIS – Innovative Solutions In Space B.V. to realize their next satellite mission, based on an ISISpace 6U CubeSat. This will be the second Earth Observation satellite of the Royal Thai Air Force, with the objective to further strengthen their …

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UK’s Ministry Of Defence Announces £1.5 Million Boost For Military Space Innovation

UK Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced a £1.5 million investment in 12 ground-breaking space innovation projects. The announcement marks the next step in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) ‘Space to Innovate’ competition, which sought to find and fund new technologies that could improve the UK’s resilience, awareness …

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UK and Australian Space Agencies Agree to Step Up Cooperation

The UK and Australian Space Agencies have agreed to take their cooperation to the next level and to develop a ‘Space Bridge’. The agreement, announced on Tuesday at the UK Space Conference will further the ambitions set out in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two agencies in October …

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CNES Supports French Armed Forces In Implementing Military Space Strategy

From 11 to 13 September 2019, the Centre national d’etudes spatiales (CNES) was at the 17th edition of the Defence Summer School, hosted by the French Air Force. In the presence of Florence Parly, the Minister for Armed Forces, more than 500 high-ranking French and foreign political and military officials, …

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Airbus Tapped By UK’s DSTL To Develop High-Resolution SAR Sensors For Project Oberon

Airbus has won a design study from the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to develop the technologies for a cluster of ultra-high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). The satellites will also have the ability to collect radio frequency (RF) signals. Called …

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UK Defence Minister Announces Industry Competition To Operate And Maintain SKYNET-6 MILSATCOM Programme

Speaking at the DSEi conference on 11 September 2019, the UK Defence Secretary outlined an ambitious and global vision for defence. He highlighted the UK’s decisive contribution to the fight against Daesh and RFA Mounts Bay’s role providing critical humanitarian relief in response to Hurricane Dorian. Following the announcement that …

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Airbus And Telespazio To Sell MILSATCOM Capacity On French Syracuse IV

Airbus and Telespazio (Leonardo/Thales) have set up a partnership to market military telecommunications services using the future Syracuse IV satellites. This partnership will lead to the creation of France’s leading private operator of military satellite telecommunications. It demonstrates the desire for cooperation by European industrial prime contractors Airbus, Thales and …

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Clearbox Systems and Kythera Space Solutions Announce Strategic Partnership

Clearbox Systems Pty Ltd, Australia’s leading provider of SATCOM ground control systems, and Prime Contractor for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) SATCOM ground control element, and Kythera Space Solutions, the industry leader in dynamic management systems for next-generation satellites and networks, announced they have entered into a strategic partnership to offer …

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