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France’s CNES Opens Representative Office in Abu Dhabi

The French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), has opened a liaison and representative office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, marking deeper and strategic relations in space matters between the French agency and the UAE Space Agency. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the representative office, …

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Saudi Arabia’s KACST Completes SaudiSat-5A And -5B Earth Observation Satellites

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has developed and manufactured SaudiSat-5A and SaudiSat-5B, two high-resolution Earth observation satellites to be launched later this year from China. SaudiSat-5A and -5B are the second generation of Saudi-made Earth observation satellites, replacing SaudiSat-2 (launched in 2004) and SaudiSat-3 (launched …

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Australia’s CSIRO Releases ‘Lunar Challenge’ Space Exploration Roadmap

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has released its space exploration roadmap that sets out a path for Australian space industry and research organizations to more fully support and participate in international space science and exploration initiatives, particularly international efforts to reestablish a human presence on the Moon. …

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Israel And NASA Sign SpaceIL Commercial Lunar Cooperation Agreement At IAC Bremen

NASA has signed an agreement with the Israel Space Agency (ISA) to cooperatively utilize the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL’s commercial lunar mission, expected to land on the Moon in 2019. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany. NASA will contribute a laser …

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Japan’s Space BD Signs Agreements With ISIS And NanoRacks At IAC Bremen

Space BD, the Japanese New Space startup company specializing in business development of Japanese space technologies and projects, announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Innovative Solutions In Space n.v. (ISIS), to be the distributor of the Dutch company’s small satellite solutions and components for the Japanese market. …

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UAE Space Agency And NASA Sign Implementing Agreement For Joint Space Exploration

The UAE Space Agency and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signed an Implementing Agreement (IA) on 2 October 2018 on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held in Bremen, Germany, which will open the way for collaborative projects in space science and exploration, as well …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Distributed Ledger In Orbit – The Emerging Synergy Of The Space Industry And Blockchain

By Sergey Kutovoy The huge expansion in the space industry, with a rapidly growing market and new satellite applications, is revolutionary but financing many of these projects is still a challenge, especially for small investors who have something to contribute to this revolution and want in. The space market saw …

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Space2030 – High Level Participants Come Together to Promote Space for Peace

An event, held alongside the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, engaged world leaders to highlight the importance of space as a “driver for peace and sustainable development on Earth, as a driver for innovative space diplomacy and as the New Frontier for Peace on Earth”. Space2030: Space as …

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Japan’s Ispace Signs Launch Deal With SpaceX For Lunar Missions

Japanese New Space exploration and space resources company Ispace has signed a launch agreement with SpaceX to launch their first privately-funded Lunar mission in 2020. The agreement was signed on 26 September 2018 and covers the launch of an Ispace probe that will orbit the Moon by a SpaceX Falcon-9 …

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UAE Space Agency To Release National Investment Strategy In October 2018

The UAE Space Agency is preparing a comprehensive strategy for investing in the country’s space sector, in cooperation with relevant UAE federal and individual Emirate authorities, and which will be released in October 2018. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, the Director-General of the UAE Space Agency, said that the strategy will …

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