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Spire Global Launches AirSafe – An Aircraft Tracking Technology That Uses ADS-B

Spire Global, the world’s largest privately-owned earth observation constellation of satellites for advanced weather data, maritime analytics, and aircraft tracking, has announced the company’s first product from Spire Aviation with the launch of their new AirSafe API. Spire Aviation’s AirSafe product uses Low Earth Orbit ADS-B technology combined with leading …

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UAE And Russia Boost Space Cooperation With Putin Abu Dhabi Visit

Following his successful visit to Saudi Arabia, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, on 15-16 October 2019 where UAE-Russian space cooperation featured prominently on the diplomatic agenda. President Putin’s visit to Abu Dhabi comes weeks after the first Emirati astronaut, Hazza …

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UAE Unveils National Space Strategy 2030 And National Space Investment Plan

The UAE Space Agency, UAESA, has announced the details of its National Space Strategy 2030 and National Space Investment Plan, complementing the regulatory and legislative framework of the UAE’s national space sector and in line with the strategic objectives of the Agency. The announcement was made during an official ceremony …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Chris Blackerby of Astroscale

Millions of pieces of space debris can cause potential damage to many active satellites. Founded in 2013, Astroscale is focused on the development of new and innovative technologies necessary to remove space debris and ensure space sustainability. Maruska Strah of SpaceWatch.Global interviewed Mr. Chris Blackerby, Group COO and Director of …

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UK’s Royal Air Force Loans Pilot For Virgin Orbit Missions

The Royal Air Force (RAF) and Virgin Orbit announced the next step in an exciting new space partnership with the selection of an RAF test pilot to be seconded to the small satellite launch program, pending U.S. and U.K. regulatory approvals. The announcement was made in Long Beach, California, aboard …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Britain’s National Space Council: Putting the ‘bloody Union Jack’ on top of spacepower?

By Dr. Bleddyn Bowen We are delighted to publish a regular column of  Dr. Bleddyn Bowen, Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leicester. In this insight, Bleddyn discusses the concept of a UK National Space Council against a backdrop of Brexit and the current instability of the UK …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 34 – Toward a more strategic, assertive and united Europe in Space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 34: ‘Toward a more strategic, assertive and united Europe in Space’, originally published in September 2019. 1. Europe faces international challenges In her …

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Emirati Astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori Returns Safely To Earth After Historic Mission

Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, along with astronauts Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin, returned to Earth safely, after completing his eight-day scientific mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The hatch closing of the Soyuz MS-12 took place at 8:20 am UAE time. The spacecraft undocked from the …

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SCISYS develops European database for the identification and avoidance of space debris hazards

DLR Space Management has commissioned the Bochum space experts at SCISYS Deutschland GmbH to implement a central database for data and information as part of the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking Project (EUSST). The accumulation of debris in space is a problem that is increasingly occupying the United Nations as …

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Astrobotic Commends Senate NASA Funding Bill’s Strong Resources For Lunar Science, Exploration

Astrobotic commends the Senate Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee for providing strong funding for NASA’s Lunar Discovery and Exploration initiative in its FY2020 bill. Under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and full Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Vice Chairman Patrick …

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