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UK’s Goonhilly Earth Station, Airbus, Part of Australian SmartSat CRC Partnership

Satellite communications innovator and space gateway Goonhilly Earth Station has joined the consortium backing the SmartSat CRC (co-operative research centre), a proposed space research initiative which plans to drive the Australian space industry through satellite technologies and analytics. Led by the University of South Australia (UniSA), Airbus Defence and Space, …

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Space Silk Road: China And Myanmar Create Joint Satellite Laboratory

China and Myanmar held their first science and technology cooperation meeting in Yangon, where they established a joint radar and satellite communications laboratory as part of the nascent China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, a part of the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This meeting marks a new stage in science and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Why Space Debris Cleanup Might Be A National Security Threat

Saadia Pekkanen, University of Washington As an international relations scholar who studies space law and policy, I have come to realize what most people do not fully appreciate: Dealing with space debris is as much a national security issue as it is a technical one. Considering the debris circling the …

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Arctic Space: GLOBUS Radar In Norway For Arctic SSA; Space Norway Targets Military Contracts

As climate change makes the Arctic region, also known as the High North, more navigable for conventional shipping and open to natural resource exploitation, so geopolitical competition between Arctic countries such as Canada, Russia, United States, and Scandinavian countries such as Norway intensifies. This emerging geopolitical competition is also extending …

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China’s New Space Race: First Satellite Of CASC’s Hongyan LEO SATCOM Constellation To Launch By End Of 2018

The first of 320 satellites in the Chinese Hongyan low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites communications mega-constellation is expected to be launched by the end of 2018 on board a Long March-2D satellite launch vehicle, according to reporting by Andrew Jones in the GBTimes. The Hongyan constellation is being developed by the …

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China’s New Space Race: Space Industry Value Chain Worth $16 Bn, Euroconsult Report

According to Euroconsult’s latest report, China Space Industry 2018, the China space value chain had an estimated size of more than U.S.$16 billion in 2017, with the downstream market accounting for just over 85%. Satellite Navigation, one of the key satellite applications in China, was the main revenue generator in …

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Space Silk Road: China Establishes Basic Global Satellite PNT Coverage With Latest BeiDou Launch

China launched two BeiDou-3 satellites on 19 November 2018, and in doing so it can provide basic global satellite positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services by the end of 2018. The basic service will first be offered to countries participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and offered globally …

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Space Silk Road: Pakistan And China Enhance Space, Science And Technology Cooperation

During his recent visit to China, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Chinese counterparts signed a number of agreements that commit both countries to space, science, and technology cooperation. The science and technology relationship between Islamabad and Beijing dates back to the 1970’s, and has typically involved technology transfers …

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Bahrain And India Looking To Sign Space Cooperation Agreement Early 2019

Bahrain is likely to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on space cooperation with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in early 2019, in order to send Bahraini engineers to India for training in satellite technologies and manufacturing. The MoU, once signed, will further establish ISRO as a major player …

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Israel’s IAI To Build Four TecSAR Satellites For U.S. Company XpressSAR

XpressSAR Inc. of Arlington, Virginia and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to purchase from IAI a constellation of up to four TecSAR synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites along with associated support services for launch, in-orbit testing, commissioning, and establishing ground operations to control the …

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