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Trump names Simington to succeed O’Rielly as FCC commissioner

Berlin, 23 September 2020. – In a surprise move, U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated Nathan A. Simington to succeed Michael O’Rielly as one of the five commissioners of the Federal Communication Commission. Simington currently serves as a senior adviser on 5G security and supply chains at the National Telecommunications …

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London to revisit plans for a British satellite navigation system, UK press reports

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – The UK Space Agency is set to announce the withdrawal from British plans to develop an own, sovereign satellite navigation program and mulls rejoining the European Union’s Galileo system, UK press reported. “The Government has formally scrapped Theresa May’s plan for a British version of …

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Australian Southern Launch puts two DART rockets with sensor payload into polar suborbit

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – The Australian small satellite launcher Southern Launch has completed two polar suborbital launches in a row on a DART rocket, the company said on 19 September. “At 10:09:47 am on 19 September 2020, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test …

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U.S. Space Force awards multi-million space cybersecurity contract to Northrop Grumman

Redondo Beach, California, 17 September 2020. – Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Space Force to develop a next generation of super cyber-secured military satellites, the company said on 17 September. U.S. Space Force mandated Northrop Grumman to deliver the prototype for the Evolved Strategic SATCOM …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Arctic Space Challenge for NATO Emerging from China’s Economic and Financial Assertiveness

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Joint Air Power Competence Centre, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Arctic Space Challenge for NATO Emerging from China’s Economic and Financial Assertiveness”, originally published in the Joint Air Power Competence Centre …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Prof. Chris Newman On UK Space Policy – Back To The Future

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Professor Chris Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom talked about UK, its space policy and challenges. “UK Space Policy – Back to the Future”. In this discussion, Prof. Chris Newman explored recent developments in UK space law and …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Fahad Al Mheiri” On 6 October 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Fahad Al Mheiri, Acting Executive Director – Space Sector United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) in the United Arab Emirates.  This event will take place on 6 October 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Fahad Al Mheiri will discuss recent developments and updates in the …

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Board-Level Qualification Testing for Rad-Hard MOSFET Packaging

For Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) QPL qualification, high-reliability rad hard MOSFETs undergo extensive screening and quality-conformance testing to ensure that devices perform to specification in the harshest environments, sometimes for 15 years and longer. Both the US and European communities have developed specifications detailing quality conformance testing sequence. In the …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Dr. Bhavya Lal” On 29 September 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Dr. Bhavya Lal, Researcher at IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute.  This event will take place on 29 September 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Dr. Bhavya Lal will discuss key findings from a recent report she led on the emergence of the commercial space …

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Northrop Grumman wins $13.3bn nuclear missile contract from U.S. Air Force

Falls Church, Virginia/ Washington, DC, 8 September 2020. – Northrop Grumman Corporation was selected by the U.S. Air Force to modernize the nation’s aging intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system under a $13.3 billion contract, the company announced. It was awarded for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the …

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