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India’s ISRO Successfully Lofts PSLV-C45 With EMISAT And 28 Rideshare Satellites

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C45) successfully launched EMISAT and 28 international customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota. This flight marked the first mission of PSLV-QL, a new variant of PSLV with four strap-on motors. PSLV-C45 lifted off at 9:27 Hrs (IST) on 1 April …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches DARPA’s R3D2 Satellite From New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 23:27, 28 March 2019 UTC (12:27, 29 March NZDT). The mission launched a prototype reflect array antenna to orbit for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). “Congratulations to our dedicated …

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Space Wars: India Successfully Tests Anti-Satellite Weapon In ‘Mission Shakti’

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the country’s first anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test against an out-of-service Indian satellite orbiting the Earth at 300 kilometres altitude on Wednesday, 27 March 2019, at 11.16 am Indian Time. The test was carried out by DRDO from its test range …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Is It Time To Stop Talking About Space Policy?

By Dr. Bleddyn Bowen SpaceWatch.Global is delighted to welcome Bleddyn Bowen as its latest columnist. Bleddyn will be contributing his column every quarter. 2018 saw a watershed in the general awareness and profile of space policy in mass media, policymaking arenas, and public awareness, and 2019 shows little sign yet of being …

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#SpaceWatchGL Feature: Southeast Asian Space Programmes – Capabilities, Challenges, And Collaborations

By Nandini Sarma In many parts of the world, space technology is being used to improve people’s lives. Apart from their uses for everyday services like weather forecasting, long-distance communications, and GPS systems, the manifold applications of space technology assist in many other ways. Space-borne platforms, for example, have demonstrated …

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Israel’s IAI Unveils ADA-O Capability To Counter GNSS Jammers

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is introducing ADA-O, an additional development in the Adaptive Antenna (ADA) lineup, which addresses satellite jammers to ensure Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) availability for land platforms. The land platform can be readily integrated in a range of capabilities, providing a unique operational response to helps …

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Space Wars: U.S. Hosts Combined Space Operations Coalition Summit At Vandenberg AFB

The Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC) hosted a Combined Space Operation Coalition Summit with more than 120 defence personnel from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States at Vandenberg AFB, California, 19-22 February 2019. The primary objective for the summit was to work with coalition …

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ESPI Brief 29: Perspectives on a European Space Council

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 29: ‘Perspectives on a European Space Council’, originally published in February 2019. 1. Proposal for a European Space Council On January 22nd 2019, …

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Australia’s Western Sydney University Unveils Revolutionary Mobile SSA Capability

A revolutionary and world-first approach to space imaging led by Western Sydney University’s International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems (ICNS) will be demonstrated for the first time publicly at this year’s Avalon Airshow. The Astrosite, a mobile space situational awareness (SSA) module, is set to have game-changing impacts on a number …

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UAE’s Yahsat And Thuraya Unveil MILSATCOM Solutions At Abu Dhabi’s IDEX 2019

Yahsat, the UAE’s leading global satellite operator, together with Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, are displaying the latest government and military satellite communication technologies at this year’s International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17-21 February 2019. During the five-day exhibition, Yahsat Government …

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