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GMV’s Space Business Grows By 30%

Spanish technology multinational GMV reports that 2019 was a red-letter year for its space business. Its turnover, topping €140 million (US$149.6 million) for a total €245 million (US$261.8 million) group revenue, is up nearly 30% on the previous year. These figures confirm that GMV’s space business is still booming, multiplying …

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ESA And The European Commission Preorder Four More Ariane 6 Launches

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that it has finalized its preorder for four more launches on Ariane 6, along with an initial payment. Using Ariane 62, the light version of the new European launcher, these missions will be carried out on behalf of the European Commission to continue the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: How Space Technologies Help Fight The Coronavirus In China (Part 2)

By Yue Yuan In this two-part study, exclusive to SpaceWatch.Global, researcher Yue Yuan examines the role of satellite technologies in detecting and monitoring the ongoing outbreak of the Coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – and their wider role in national and global public health. Satellite Remote Sensing and Earth …

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Saudi Space Commission Casts Wide Net For Space Cooperation

The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) is casting a wide net in its aim to create space cooperation arrangements with friendly countries around the world, with agreements or discussions underway with countries such as Greece, Kuwait, Brazil, Australia, and France. On 5 February 2020, the acting CEO of the Saudi Space …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: How Space Technologies Help Fight The Coronavirus In China

By Yue Yuan In this two-part study, exclusive to SpaceWatch.Global, researcher Yue Yuan examines the role of satellite technologies in detecting and monitoring the ongoing outbreak of the Coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – and their wider role in national and global public health. The outbreak of a fast-moving …

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UK’s Proposed Sovereign GNSS System On Hold Due To Debate On Requirements

The proposed sovereign Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) announced by the British government after the decision to leave the European Union (EU), and the subsequent lockout of the British space industry from the EU’s Galileo GNSS programme, is reportedly on hold due to intensive debates between British polticians and officials …

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China’s Geely Announces US$326 Million Satellite Investment For Mobility Revolution Connectivity

Chinese automotive and technology giant Zhejiang Geely Holding Group announced on 3 March 2020 that it is investing 2.27 billion Yuan (US$326 million) in a satellite manufacturing facility to be located in the coastal city of Taizhou, Zhejiang province, considered to be the ‘hometown’ of the company. The satellite manufacturing …

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Soyuz Rocket Launches Russian Military Satellite After One-Month Delay

A Russian military communications satellite rode a Soyuz rocket and Fregat upper stage on 20 February 2020 into an orbit stretching nearly 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) above Earth, successfully launching after a one-month delay to replace a suspect third stage on the Soyuz booster. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket lifted off with …

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Egnos Payload Enters Service On EUTELSAT 5 West B

Eutelsat Communications announced on 14 February 2020 that the GEO-3 payload of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), a hosted payload aboard its EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite, has successfully entered into service. EUTELSAT 5 West B is hosting the Eutelsat-procured EGNOS payload under a 15-year agreement signed in …

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Four New Chinese Beidou GNSS Satellites Declared Operational

Four new satellites for the Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) recently passed technical and system tests and checks in orbit, and have started operations within the BeiDou global navigation satellite servive (GNSS) network, according to China’s Satellite Navigation System Management Office. The four new satellites are the 41st, 49th, …

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