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Finland to focus on climate change mitigation and business renewal in the European Space Agency

The ministers responsible for space policy in the European Space Agency (ESA) Member States met in Seville, Spain, on 27-28 November to decide on the priorities of the Agency’s strategy and programmes for the coming years. “The space sector is undergoing a major transformation, and the decisions made at the …

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Nanoracks-Italy Signs MOU With University of Piemonte Orientale For Spin-off Partnerships

Nanoracks, the commercial leader in low-Earth orbit utilization, has sparked accelerated growth for numerous startup companies since 2009, provided educational opportunities, and driven the market for commercial access to space. And this week Nanoracks-Italy is announcing their expansion of this leadership. Nanoracks-Italy’s mission is to create a sustainable in-space ecosystem …

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British Government To Invest Extra £374 Million In ESA Programmes

The UK Space Agency on 28 November 2019 announced it will invest £374m per year with the European Space Agency (ESA) to deliver international space programmes over the next five years. The UK is one of the founding members of ESA, an inter-governmental organisation established in 1975 to promote cooperation …

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Talia Expands Satellite Communications Presence In Africa

Talia Limited, a leading communications solutions provider serving the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas, announced on 25 November 2019 the successful completion of beta testing of its Ka-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) services in additional African countries including Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gambia, Ghana, and Congo. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Reflections on the 2019 APSCC Conference – Putting on a Show in the Land of Smiles

By Blaine Curcio The Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC) is, among other things, arguably the premier satellite communications (satcom) member organization in Asia-Pacific. From its headquarters in Seoul, the APSCC publishes a quarterly newsletter on regional industry ongoings, provides assistance on issues such as spectrum coordination, and, most notably …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Jenni Tapio of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland

Finland is accelerating its NewSpace economy. The private space industry is truly taking off with companies specialising in a wide variety of areas from small satellite design and manufacture, SAR and hyperspectral technology to space sustainability technologies. Importantly, the space sector is also supported by the Finnish government that has …

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Germany invests 3.3 billion euro in European space exploration and becomes ESA’s largest contributor

The German delegation at the European Space Agency (ESA) Council Meeting at Ministerial Level, ‘Space19+’, was headed by the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Thomas Jarzombek, who is a member of the Federal Parliament. He was accompanied and supported by representatives from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs …

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ESA ministers commit to biggest ever budget at Space19+

ESA’s Council at Ministerial Level, Space19+, has concluded in Seville, Spain, with the endorsement of the most ambitious plan to date for the future of ESA and the whole European space sector. The meeting brought together ministers with responsibility for space activities in Europe, along with Canada and observers from …

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UAE Offers Ambitious Vision For Arab Space Cooperation Group

The UAE Space Agency has organised the fourth meeting of the representatives of member states of the Arab Space Cooperation Group on the sidelines of the 16th edition of Dubai Airshow 2019, which was hosted by Dubai World Central on 17 – 21 November. Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul …

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Airbus’ Golden Jubilee for Skynet Secure Satellite Communications

Airbus is celebrating 50 years of providing global secure military satellite communications to the UK Ministry of Defence with the 50th anniversary of the first Skynet satellite. And it’s a double celebration as this year Airbus is also celebrating its 50th birthday. Skynet 1A was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida …

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