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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ray Stott of Spacespecialists Ltd

Established in 2017, Spacespecialists is a space consultancy/consultants that offers tailored recruitment, training and speaking services to space industry clients across the globe. Based in Cheshire, UK and now also on the Gold Coast of Australia, the team is backed up with many years of experience in the space sector …

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Brexit In Orbit: UK Space Industry Added 3,400 Jobs In Two Years In Spite Of Uncertainty

The UK’s space sector has seen significant growth in income, exports and employment with total income now standing at 14.8 billion pounds (U.S.$19.2 billion), Science Minister Chris Skidmore has announced. The main findings from the independent ‘UK space industry: size and health report’ show that, compared to the 2016 survey: …

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Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Describe Growing Chinese And Russian Space Threats

U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Dan Coats, along with the heads of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), gave testimony to the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence about the …

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European Military Space: European Union Commissioner Calls For European Space Force Discussion

Some unnamed European Union member states are discussing the possibility of creating a European space force according to Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, and Entrepreneurship and who is also in charge of EU space policy. “Several member states are considering just now ways to strengthen their …

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Japan Prepares for GPS Failure with Quasi-Zenith Satellites

The Japanese government is to begin use of a quasi-zenith satellite system to provide a failover solution for support of its Self Defence Force (SDF) in the event of a malfunction on the U.S. GPS system. This move comes amid fears that China and Russia and their development of anti-satellite …

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Japanese Military Space: MoD To Disrupt Enemy Space Operations, Cooperate With The U.S.

In a Washington, DC, speech, Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya outlines his country’s new National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) and Mid-Term Defense Plan (MTDP) that included new Japanese positions on national security space that require close cooperation with its American ally. Minister Iwaya’s speech covered a broad range of defence …

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Chinese Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Report Outlines Beijing’s Space Warfare Preparations

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views space warfare as an important component of its concept of war, and is developing a range of capabilities and tactics to carry out space operations, as well as bolstering its organizational and command and control capacity to enable such operations, according to the U.S. …

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Scottish New Space: Alba Orbital Sell First Two Unicorns To Stealth Startup Stara Space

Alba Orbital Limited, a Glasgow based pioneer of miniaturized satellites, announced on 15 January 2019 the sale of the first two Unicorn-2 PocketQube spacecraft platforms to U.S.-based stealth mode startup, Stara Space. Stara plan to use these two satellites as a proof of concept for an eventual constellation to service …

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China’s BeiDou GNSS Now Available Globally Ahead of Schedule

China has announced the completion of its BeiDou global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and the start of worldwide service on 27 December 2018, marking a victory for Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” strategy that promotes strategically autonomous high technologies such as autonomous driving, satellite technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and 5G …

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