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British Military Space: Leaked Defence Space Strategy Cites Expanding Threats, Proposes Protective Measures And New Satellites

The UK’s long awaited defence space strategy has been leaked to The Times, one of Britain’s leading newspapers, and reveals a growing acknowledgement of threats against satellites by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and hints at the development and procurement of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and positioning, navigation, and …

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Europe’s SpaceDataHighway EDRS-C Ready To Launch In July 2019

The EDRS-C satellite, the second node of the SpaceDataHighway network (also known as the European Data Relay System – EDRS), will be launched into geostationary orbit at 31° East on 24 July 2019 by an Ariane 5 launcher. Once positioned above Europe, it will provide redundant back-up for the SpaceDataHighway system, double …

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Euroconsult Partners With RKF Engineering Solutions To Mutually Enhance Service Offerings

The Euroconsult Group and RKF Engineering Solutions are pleased to announce they have entered into a partnership agreement, combining Euroconsult’s industry leading strategic and operational consulting and research services with RKF’s innovative engineering solutions for communication networks and satellite systems. This collaboration will enable each of the independent entities to …

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Spain’s Hisdesat Taps Airbus And Thales Alenia Space For Two SpainSAT NG Satellites

A four co-primes consortium formed by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space (both in Spain and France) has been selected by Hisdesat Servicios Estratégicos S.A. (Spanish Governmental Satellite Operator) to build two SpainSAT NG satellites. Used for governmental communications, these new generation satellites will replace the existing SpainSAT and Xtar-EUR satellites. …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Three Satellites For U.S. Air Force From New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 06:00 UTC, Sunday 5 May 2019 (18:00 NZST). The STP-27RD mission launched three research and development satellites for the DoD Space Test Program that will demonstrate advanced space technologies, including a satellite to evaluate …

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GetSAT and Inmarsat introduce market’s smallest ruggedized terminal for Global Xpress

GetSAT and Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, have today announced that Inmarsat has type approved GetSAT’s MilliSAT-H-GX and MilliSAT-W-GX for use on its Global Xpress service. These new terminals are the lightest and most compact all in one on-the-move solutions serving the Global Xpress network, the …

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SSTL announces new Earth observation data contract with Airbus

Surrey Satellite Technology has signed a contract with Airbus to provide high resolution optical data from the SSTL S1-4, an Earth observation satellite which was launched in September 2018. Sarah Parker, Managing Director of SSTL said: “We are delighted with the performance of the SSTL S1-4 in orbit, demonstrated by …

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European Military Space: Romanian Space Agency Signs Space Situational Awareness Agreement With U.S. Strategic Command

U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) reached a milestone with the signing of its 100th space situational awareness agreement when the Romanian Space Agency signed an agreement with USSTRATCOM on 25 April 2019. These agreements foster openness, predictability of space operations and transparency in space activities. With the signing, Romania becomes the …

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Airbus And Orbital Insight Launch Earth Monitor Service For Geopolitical And Economic Geospatial Intelligence

Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital Insight have expanded upon their partnership agreement to create Earth Monitor, a powerful change analysis and insights service which provides situation awareness over archived or newly tasked areas of interest. Earth Monitor, available through Airbus’ OneAtlas Platform, leverages Orbital Insight’s machine learning and computer …

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Space Wars: U.S.-Led Military Space Coalition Takes Shape In Response To Space Threats

Surrounded by air chiefs from 11 other nations, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein plunged deep into discussion 11 April 2019 about the changing nature of space. The daylong meeting at a secure facility in Colorado Springs was the first time air chiefs from other countries …

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