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Positioning Navigation and Timing

Breton wants European LEO, more defense and Ariane 7

Paris, 9 December 2020. – Another LEO and more defense & security: The European Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, is working on a European Low Earth Orbit satellite constellation. “European broadband connectivity is neither ubiquitous nor robust enough to address our digital inequalities,” Breton said at the European Space …

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Solar-powered Zephyr successfully flies in stratosphere

Paris, 7 December 2020. – Solar powered, stratospheric: The Zephyr High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) completed a long test flight in November, Airbus Defence and Space announced. The test which was held during three weeks in Arizona, U.S., “aimed to demonstrate operational flexibility and aircraft agility, particularly testing lower altitude …

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French CNES to track small-scale fishing with Nemo device

Paris, 7 December 2020. – Fishing for information: A satellite mission of the French space agency CNES wants to monitor the activities of small-scale fishing globally, the Economist reported. CLS, a CNES subsidiary that monitors transponders on large fishing vessels around the world, wants to place a small, solar-powered transponder …

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U.S. group KBR wins EROS contract for Landsat observation

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Texas-based engineering and technology group KBR works for the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and won a $300 million recompete contract for scientific, engineering and technical services, KBR announced. KBR will partner with USGS to analyze and assess …

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Turkish Manta Shipping connects vessels with Marlink

Luxembourg, 2 December 2020. – The Turkish shipping services provider Manta Shipping has selected the Norwegian Marlink to provide Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service on eight of its vessels. The agreement was signed through Marlink’s local partner Ozsay Satellite to support Manta Shipping’s drive towards digitalised shipping operations and increased connectivity …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: A Space programme for the Nobel Peace Prize? – the answer might surprise you…

by Prof. Chris Lee Very recently I overheard a conversation that went like this – “our programme has been operating in space for over 20 years and includes the key international space agency partners. It is an inspiration for our young and has done more for global peace than any …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ali Al Hashemi of Thuraya – “Laser-focused”

Thuraya, leader in mobile satellite services based in the UAE, announced a few weeks ago the order of the new Thuraya 4-NGS satellite. SpaceWatch.Global’s Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk to Thuraya’s CEO Ali Al Hashemi. Markus Payer: When you ordered your next big satellite, Thuraya 4-NGS, you …

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Japan’s first StriX satellite to launch on Rocket Lab’s Electron

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – On Electron: Japanese Earth-imaging company Synspective will launch its first of 30 StriX satellites on Rocket Lab’s 17th Electron vehicle, its seventh mission of the year, Rocket Lab announced. The Synspective mission is scheduled for lift-off during a 14-day launch window opening on 12 December UTC …

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ESA supports lunar missions with ‘Moonlight’ and ground stations

Paris, 23 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) supports China’s lunar sample return mission Chang’e-5, which was successfully launched on a Long March rocket last night, by relaying signals from the spacecraft across the Solar System with its ground station network, the agency said. ESA’s Estrack network is …

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Unseenlabs to launch two nano-sats on Rocket Lab

Paris, 6 November 2020. – The geolocation start-up Unseenlabs will launch two nano-satellites with Rocket Lab mid-November, the French firm announced. Unseenlabs launched BRO-1 in August 2019; it now plans to launch BRO-2 and BRO-3. The launch “marks the beginning of the deployment of the Unseenlabs constellation, which will comprise …

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