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Frontex selects Airbus and Heron for maritime surveillance

Luxembourg, 20 October 2020. – The European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex contracted Airbus and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to operate a long-endurance maritime aerial surveillance system for the Mediterranean Sea, Airbus announced. The service includes the provision of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) platform and all necessary …

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New Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency takes up office

Berlin, 19 October 2020. – Rodrigo da Costa started as new Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the agency announced. Da Costa is a Portugese national who joined the GSA as Galileo Services Programme Manager in 2017. He worked in several senior positions in the space industry and the …

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Telesat to develop two LEO buses for U.S. DARPA’s Blackjack

Luxembourg, 18 October 2020. – Telesat wins another Blackjack: the Canadian satellite company will develop two Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft buses for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Ottawa-based company said. Telesat U.S. Services has been awarded a DARPA contract to develop and demonstrate in-orbit commercial …

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Thuraya to launch SatTrack to track and monitor fishing vessels

Luxembourg, 18 October 2020. – The mobile satellite operator Thuraya launches a cloud-based tracking and monitoring service for fishing vessels, the company announced. Thuraya SatTrack provides interactive, real-time fleet tracking to monitor vessels, the Dubai-based operator said. It enables operations with detailed maps, up-to-date weather layers, real-time fish-catch reports and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews – Kai-Uwe Schrogl: “Europe has to stand united”

On 1 July 2020, Germany has taken its term in the EU Presidency. Space and space-related initiatives were on the agenda in the preparation. Now, halfway through the term, SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk with Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl who is seconded from the European Space …

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Norway endorses space budget supporting ESA and EU priorities

Paris, 12 October 2020. – The Norwegian government has endorsed the country’s budget for the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as for continued participation in the EU space programs, Norway’s Space Agency said. “The new national budget for 2021 expands Norway’s participation in ESA’s and EU’s space programs as …

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UNOOSA sets up emergency response office in Israel

Paris, 12 October 2020. – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) sets up an office for disaster management and emergency response in Israel, the agency in Vienna said. UNOOSA signed an agreement with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to create a Regional Support Office of UNOOSA’s program …

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Kleos to help fight illegal fishing at Galapagos Islands

Paris, 11 October 2020. – Kleos Space expands its activities to monitor suspect and illegal fishing activities in Ecuador which includes the Galapagos Islands, the Luxembourg-based space data service provider said. Kleos Space has appointed the maritime consulting firm Atlantis SIM as its territory agent for Ecuador, the company said. …

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D-Orbit to launch Eutelsat cubesats built by AAC Clyde Space

Paris, 12 October 2020. – The Italian in-orbit transportation company D-Orbit has announced a service agreement with satellite manufacturer AAC Clyde Space to launch two cubesats from Eutelsat in 2021, the company announced. The contract covers the launch and deployment of two Eutelsat Low Earth Orbit (LEO) cubesats in 2021; …

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Comtech and Gilat call off merger and settle litigation

Luxembourg, 6 October 2020. – The U.S. satcom company Comtech and the Israeli satellite network operator Gilat called off their merger and settled their related litigation, the two Nasdaq-listed companies announced yesterday. “(T)he companies have agreed to terminate the merger agreement first announced on January 29, 2020 and have settled …

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