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Positioning Navigation and Timing

Kleos to launch four scouting smallsats on Indian rocket

Paris, 1 November 2020. – Kleos Space is on track for launching four Scouting Mission satellites on an Indian vehicle, the Luxembourg-based Earth monitoring company announced. The mission team completed the preparation of the four smallsats for a launch on board a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on 7 November, …

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NorthStar to be first to monitor space traffic from space

Luxembourg, 28 October 2020. – NorthStar Earth & Space contracted Thales Alenia Space to build the first three satellites of its Skylark constellation for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, the Canadian company announced. NorthStar claims to be “the first commercial service to monitor space, from space”, via a constellation of …

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Russia launches next Glonass navigation satellite

Paris, 27 October 2020. – Russia has successfully launched another Glonass navigation satellite, the news agency Tass reported. “The Soyuz-2.1b middle class carrier rocket launched on Sunday, October 25, at 22:08 Moscow time from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region has successfully placed the Russian Glonass-K navigation spacecraft into the …

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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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