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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: GVF – Continuing the Satellite Discussion, CABSAT 2019

By Martin Jarrold In 2019 CABSAT returns to its traditional March calendar slot and once again the Dubai exhibition will be complemented with an important Global VSAT Forum (GVF) programme of key satellite industry themes which will afford a high-profile to participating speakers and supporting sponsor organizations. The GVF Satellite …

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Denmark’s GomSpace And 2Operate To Use AI For Constellation Management

As the space economy is switching from single satellite infrastructures to constellations of affordable small satellites, network elements inevitably increase in complexity. 2Operate and GomSpace, together with Aarhus University, are working together within the MegaMan project, funded by Innovation Fund Denmark, to evaluate how existing telecom standards and existing artificial …

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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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Russian Commercial Interests Buy Majority Stake in OneWeb JV To Allow Russian Operations

Russian businesses have reportedly bought a majority share of the Russian Joint Venture of OneWeb’s satellite communications megaconstellation for its business operations in Russia. This means that OneWeb should now be able to gain access to Russian consumers, the president of a partner involved in the joint-venture said. Dmitry Bakanov, …

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Spain’s PLD Space Facility Opened By Minister And Former Astronaut Pedro Duque

The Spanish Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities, Mr. Pedro Duque, the first astronaut in the history of Spain, has unveiled the PLD Space Propulsion facilities located at Teruel Airport. During the event, the minister outlined that “PLD Space is the perfect example of a transfer between science and innovation”. …

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Germany’s Morpheus Space Qualifies World’s Smallest Satellite Propulsion System In Orbit

After seven years of tireless development at the tu dresden, the spin-off Morpheus Space has successfully ignited the world’s smallest ion beam thruster on the “UWE-4” nano-satellite. Four of the thumb-sized thrusters are located on UWE-4, the 1 kg nano-satellite of the University of Wurzburg. This enabled the Germany-based company …

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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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France And China Convene 14th Joint Science And Technology Committee Meeting

France’s Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation Frédérique Vidal and China’s Minister for Science and Technology Wang Zhigang hosted the 14th French-Chinese joint science and technology committee in Beijing on 25 February 2019. Participants included Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall, Centre national de la recherche …

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ASX-Listed Sky & Space Global Looks To Raise $12 Million In Share Placement

Sky and Space Global Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has received signed binding commitments to raise $12 million via a two-tranche share placement to sophisticated and professional investors (Placement) at $0.03 per share. Settlement of the signed binding commitments received is conditional on lodgement of a Prospectus. The …

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Arianespace Successfully Lofts First Six OneWeb Communication Satellites

Arianespace played a significant role in improving global connectivity with its 27 February 2019 Soyuz launch that deployed the initial six satellites in OneWeb’s constellation – which will provide affordable high-speed internet access for users around the world. The cluster of spacecraft – produced by the OneWeb Satellites joint venture …

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