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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 35 – DG Defence Industry and Space: stakes and challenges

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. 35: ‘DG Defence Industry and Space: stakes and challenges’, originally published in October 2019. 1. A new Directorate General for Defence Industry and …

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Dutch, Norwegian, And U.S. Militaries Partner With Techstars To Grow Allied New Space Ventures

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, announced on 13 November 2019 the launch of the Techstars Allied Space Accelerator. The accelerator, a virtual program, will run in partnership with the United States Air Force, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the Norwegian Space Agency and the Norwegian Ministry of …

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European Military Space: EU Pursuing Space-Based Early Warning, PNT, And SSA Projects Under PESCO Initiative

The European Union’s (EU) Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) defence technology initiative announced on 12 November 2019 its decision to cooperatively develop several military space projects designed to enhance the defence and security of EU member states. The three military space projects under PESCO include space-based ballistic missile early warning systems, …

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ViaSat Terminals Undergo UK Skynet MILSATCOM Assurance And Certification Process

Viasat Inc. reports that its Multi-Mission Terminal (MMT), the AN/TSC-241, has started the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Skynet satellite communications (SATCOM) architecture assurance and certification process, which will authorize the terminal’s operation on the Skynet X-band system as well as other government and commercial networks. Viasat expects to complete …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Russia-China Strategic Alliance Gets a New Boost with Missile Early Warning System

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present  “Russia-China Strategic Alliance Gets a New Boost with Missile Early Warning System?”, originally published on 28 October 2019 in The Diplomat. In …

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Sudan’s First Satellite SRSS-1 Launched By China

Sudan’s first satellite, the Sudan Remote Sensing Satellite (SRSS)-1, was successfully launched in the morning on 3 November 2019 by a Chinese Long March 4B satellite launch vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in China’s northern Shanxi Province, according to reporting in Space in Africa. The Long March 4B …

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Iran Claims To Be Developing One-Metre Resolution Earth Observation Satellite

The head of the Iran Space Agency, Morteza Barari, told Iranian media that Iran plans to develop and build a high-resolution Earth observation satellite capable of taking images of one-metre resolution. “We are after putting into the orbit a sensing satellite with the precision power of one meter,” Barari told …

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Egypt’s TIBA-1 Communications Satellite Prepped For November Launch By Arianespace

Processing is now underway with the TIBA-1 satellite passenger for Arianespace’s next dual-payload Ariane 5 mission, which is scheduled for a November liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana. Preparations so far have included TIBA-1’s fit-check – an initial milestone validating the satellite’s compatibility with the adapter that will serve …

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Race Is On To Supply High-Resolution Earth Observation Satellites To Vietnam

Earth observation satellite manufacturers from France, Israel, Japan, Russia, and the United States are vying to build a high-resolution imaging satellite for Vietnam, according to French online publication Intelligence Online. The Vietnamese government has reportedly allocated a budget of U.S.$1 billion over the next few years for the Earth observation …

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