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General Dynamics and Iridium awarded US $324 million contract by Space Development Agency

General Dynamics Mission Systems and global mobile voice and data satellite communications network Iridium Communications, have been awarded a contract by the Space Development Agency (SDA) in the amount of US $324,516,613. This includes a base amount of US $162,954,122 and US $161,562,491 in options,

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DARPA launch ionosphere insights mission to improve radio transmissions

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching the Ouija program to provide new insights into high-frequency (HF) radio wave propagation in the ionosphere with the help of sensors on low-orbiting satellites.  HF radio transmissions are important to military systems across all domains including space, air, ground, and maritime.

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Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace orders satellites from NanoAvionics

Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace has placed an order for three microsatellites with Lithuanian mission integrator NanoAvionics for a space-based maritime surveillance mission covering the North Sea area, Kongsberg said. The satellites will be based on NanoAvionics’s MP42 microsatellite bus.

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UK Defence contracts UK-Australian collaboration to enhance capabilities

UK-based space situational awareness specialists Northern Space and Security Limited (NORSS), and Australian Nominal Systems, have been awarded a contract to develop ARTSIM a spacecraft and missions simulator solution to support the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) future satellite operational plans, NORSS said. to provide a modular, data representative satellite simulation architecture.

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Gilmour Space to build and launch prototype defence satellite

Australian space company, Gilmour Space Technologies, announced that is has been selected to develop and launch a new sovereign surveillance satellite for the Department of Defence, as part of the government’s AU $7 billion investment in new space capabilities. The AU $15 million partnership is in line with Australia’s recently released Defence Space Strategy.

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Lockheed Martin successfully flies second DARPA hypersonic missile

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Air Force Research Lab and Aerojet Rocketdyne completed a free flight test of Lockheed Martin’s Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC).  The vehicle accelerated to and maintained a speed faster than five times the speed of sound after release from the carrier aircraft.

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GMV to provides core software for German Armed Forces

The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has recently contracted Atos and OHB Digital Connect to supply the "Space Situational Awareness Center Expansion Stage 1” to the German Federal Armed Forces. The system will enable the monitoring of space and the protection of critical German infrastructure in orbit. 

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U.S. and India sign space situational awareness agreement

The United States and India signed a Space Situational Awareness arrangement bound by common strategies interests, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) said. The cooperation comprises defense, climate, science, technology, trade, and public health. The delegation discussed humanitarian assistance efforts and

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US commits to no ASAT missile testing in space

Vice President Kamala Harris announced that the United States commits not to conduct destructive, direct-ascent anti-satellite (ASAT) missile testing, to set a new international benchmark for responsible behavior in space. The Vice President called on other nations to follow in the US’ footsteps as such efforts benefitted humankind. 

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Space Cafe Radio – with Matthias Wachter of BDI Germany

In this Space Café Radio -  SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Matthias Wachter, Head of the Department for International Cooperation, Security Policy, Raw Materials and Space at BDI - The Federation of German Industries about his call for "Europe must grow up in Space".

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