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Germany invests 3.3 billion euro in European space exploration and becomes ESA’s largest contributor

The German delegation at the European Space Agency (ESA) Council Meeting at Ministerial Level, ‘Space19+’, was headed by the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Thomas Jarzombek, who is a member of the Federal Parliament. He was accompanied and supported by representatives from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs …

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ESA Ministerial Council Meeting: Switzerland to participate in new programmes and play a leading role in the removal of space debris

On 27 and 28 November 2019, State Secretary Martina Hirayama attended the European Space Agency’s ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Seville (“Space 19+”). At this meeting, which brought together the ministers in charge of space affairs from the 22 ESA Member States, the Council conferred on ongoing programmes, new initiatives, …

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ESA ministers commit to biggest ever budget at Space19+

ESA’s Council at Ministerial Level, Space19+, has concluded in Seville, Spain, with the endorsement of the most ambitious plan to date for the future of ESA and the whole European space sector. The meeting brought together ministers with responsibility for space activities in Europe, along with Canada and observers from …

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UAE Offers Ambitious Vision For Arab Space Cooperation Group

The UAE Space Agency has organised the fourth meeting of the representatives of member states of the Arab Space Cooperation Group on the sidelines of the 16th edition of Dubai Airshow 2019, which was hosted by Dubai World Central on 17 – 21 November. Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul …

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Europe’s Ariane 6 Prepares For Initial Testing At Guiana Space Centre

The first test models of Ariane 6 are being manufactured while Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, is preparing to test the launch vehicle and all systems involved with launch. Under ESA’s responsibility, upcoming tests will show that the launch complex is ready for Ariane 6, and prove the launch …

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Airbus’ Golden Jubilee for Skynet Secure Satellite Communications

Airbus is celebrating 50 years of providing global secure military satellite communications to the UK Ministry of Defence with the 50th anniversary of the first Skynet satellite. And it’s a double celebration as this year Airbus is also celebrating its 50th birthday. Skynet 1A was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida …

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UK Conservative Party Election Pledge: We’ll Set Up a UK Space Command

The British Conservative Party has released its manifesto, as part of its campaign for the 12 December 2019 British General Election, and has pledged that if re-elected it will create a UK Space Command. In its manifesto, the Conservative Party, led by current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, pledged: “We will …

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UK’s Lacuna Space And Switzerland’s Miromico Unveil IoT Collaboration

Lacuna Space, a provider for connectivity everywhere, and Miromico, a global leader for the design and production of wireless products for the Internet of Things (IoT), have signed a collaboration agreement for the development and easy provision of ‘space ready’ and off-the-shelf communications devices using ultra low-power and low-cost satellite …

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Egypt’s TIBA-1 Successfully Launched By Ariane 5 From Guiana Space Centre

An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered the TIBA-1 and Inmarsat-GX5 telecom satellites into their planned orbits. Liftoff was announced at 21:23 GMT (22:23 CET, 18:23 local time) on 26 November 2019 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The mission lasted about 34 minutes. TIBA-1 with a launch …

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Israel’s Gilat Achieves 1.2GBPS On Modem Over Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO Satellite

Gilat has confirmed that it has achieved the fastest ever modem speeds of 1.2 Gbps total throughput over Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite. This industry milestone demonstrates the potential of high throughput Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) satellite constellations. Gilat’s technology opens up opportunities for new telecommunications products and a wider range …

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