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EU “adjustment” to Galileo role forces UK to consider rival system

The UK is seriously considering the development of its own satellite navigation system as a reaction to the “adjustment” of UK involvement in the EU Galileo programme, post Brexit. A row has erupted between London and Brussels after the EU revealed that UK companies could potentially be prevented from having …

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#SpacewatchGL Op’Ed: Smallsats – The Hitchhiker No More?

The satellite industry is in the grip of a revolution that is being driven by low-cost, small satellites that are cheaper to build and launch than ever before. These smallsats are beginning to change the economics of space and analysts forecast exponential growth, but there is a hurdle that threatens …

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Senior UAE Economist Urges Arab World to Join BRI, Space Silk Road

Dr. Nasser Saidi, one of the Middle East’s preeminent economists and a former government minister for economics and finance in Lebanon, has said that Arab countries should embrace China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), to include participation in and contributions to China’s Tiangong space station as well as the Space …

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India and France in Talks on Venus and Mars Exploration

Following quickly on the heels of their expansive space cooperation agreement signed last month, India and France are moving forward by holding detailed talks about building and sending interplanetary probes to Mars and Venus in the coming years. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the French National Space Agency, …

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Russia’s SkolTech to Host SpaceUp Unconference on 21 April 2018

SpaceUp is a worldwide leading space exploration ‘unconference’ platform specifically designed for free exchange of new and interdisciplinary ideas. It brings together students, researchers, entrepreneurs, astronauts, cosmonauts, and space enthusiasts to network, learn, and actively interchange interesting space ideas. Participants can talk or present on any chosen space-related topic from …

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UAE Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With Russia and Kazakhstan

The United Arab Emirates has signed a Letter of Intent with Russia and Kazakhstan to cooperate in space exploration and future space projects. The agreement was signed during a visit to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan by a delegation from the UAE Space Agency led by Dr. Ahmad Abdullah Al …

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Progress for Virgin Galactic and Orbit, Encouraging News for Saudi and Emirati Investors

After several years hiatus since the crash of VSS Enterprise in 2016, Virgin Galactic successfully carried out a flight test of its VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo spaceplane from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California on 5 April 2018. “We are delighted to report on a major step forward for Virgin Galactic …

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China’s Kuang-Chi and Nanoracks Partner to Develop Near-Space Product

Chinese New Space company Kuang-Chi Science Ltd. and U.S. New Space pioneer Nanoracks have announced their partnership in developing new business outside of China for Kuang-Chi’s Traveler near-space helium balloon platform for space tourism, Earth observation, small satellite launch, and scientific research. The Traveler is capable of operations at 25 …

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