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Positioning Navigation and Timing

#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Dr. Scott Pace Of The U.S. National Space Council, Part II

The United States National Space Council was re-established by President Donald J. Trump in 2017 after ceasing operations in 1993. The Council works to develop a strategy for national space activities and also to foster co-operation with other countries and space agencies in order to advance the U.S. space agenda …

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Brexit Lost In Orbit: UK Officially Withdraws From Galileo; UK Space Minister Resigns

Britain has officially withdrawn from the European Union’s (EU) Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) because of fears that the UK will have no influence over the technological and policy direction of the satellite project after the country leaves the EU early in 2019. The decision reflects one of the …

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India Successfully Launches PSLV-C43 With HysIS EO Satellite And 30 Nanosats From Eight Countries

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV-C43 lifted off at 0957 hrs (IST) on 29 November 2018 from the First Launch Pad (FLP) at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, and successfully launched India’s Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) and 30 international co-passenger satellites. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) …

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Roscosmos Announces Marathon IoT Constellation Amidst Brewing Financial Scandal And Security Row

The Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, has announced its intention to build a constellation of satellites called Marathon to serve the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market, as part of its Sphere satellite system. The announcement comes amidst an audit into Roscosmos over missing billions of rubles, as well as …

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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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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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ESA Pioneering Use Of Virtual And Augmented Reality In Space

What do astronauts, Pokemon, wildlife park rangers, and surgeons all have in common? The answer is virtual and augmented reality, or VR and AR. Usually associated with video games, this ultra-immersive technology is quickly being recognised for its real-world potential. VR is a computer-generated environment that simulates physical presence and …

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Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation Members Celebrate Tenth Anniversary

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO), China intends to promote satellite imagery sharing with other member states for applications such as urban planning, disaster monitoring and assessment, as well as resource management and surveying. “We will construct the Data Sharing Service Cloud …

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Euroconsult Forecasts 3,300 Satellites Worth $284 Billion Over Next Decade

According to the 21st edition of its report Satellites to be Built and Launched over the Next 10 Years, Euroconsult anticipates that 3,330 satellites with a mass over 50 kg will be launched on average each year by 2027 for government agencies and commercial organizations worldwide. This is a threefold …

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