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Italy’s D-Orbit Selected By OneWeb For Active Debris Removal In ESA Project Sunrise Framework

OneWeb has awarded a subcontract to D-Orbit SpA for the development of an active debris removal (ADR) mission in the frame of European Space Agency (ESA) Project Sunrise. Project Sunrise is a public-private partnership (PPP) between OneWeb, currently developing a world-wide communications network based on a proprietary satellite constellation, and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Dig deep: Australia’s mining know-how makes it the perfect $150m partner for NASA’s Moon and Mars shots

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Prof. Andrew Dempster, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Dig deep: Australia’s mining know-how makes it the perfect $150m partner for NASA’s Moon and Mars shots”, originally published 25  September 2019 at The Conversation. In …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: 4th Global Space Traffic Management Workshop – A Review

Hosted by Lockheed Martin and the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, and in collaboration with Northern Space & Security Limited (NORSS) and Northumbria University Faculty of Law, the fourth instalment of the Global Space Traffic Management Workshop (GSTMW) brought together a variety of international participants from across the strands of academic, government, …

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Race Is On To Supply High-Resolution Earth Observation Satellites To Vietnam

Earth observation satellite manufacturers from France, Israel, Japan, Russia, and the United States are vying to build a high-resolution imaging satellite for Vietnam, according to French online publication Intelligence Online. The Vietnamese government has reportedly allocated a budget of U.S.$1 billion over the next few years for the Earth observation …

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Russia’s Glavkosmos Offers To Build Second Bangladeshi Communications Satellite

Glavkosmos, the Russian launch services and satellite company, has expressed an interest in building and launching Bangladesh’s second communications satellite, Bangabandhu-2, according to several Bangladeshi press reports. Vitaly Safonov, the deputy director-general of Glavkosmos, is heading a team of six satellite engineers on a fact-finding mission to Dhaka, the Bangladeshi …

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UAE’s MBRSC Receives IAF Flag For 2020’s 71st International Astronautical Congress In Dubai

The UAE, represented by Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director-General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), received the organising committee flag for the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which is set to be held in Dubai in 2020. Al Shaibani and Pascale Ehrenfreund, the new President of the International …

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Vietnam Hosts 33rd Committee On Earth Observation Satellites In Hanoi

The Vietnam National Space Centre (VNSC) and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) hosted the plenary of the 33rd Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) in Hanoi on 15 October 2019. The plenary involved delegations from 30 member organisations from countries such as Australia, Canada, China, France, Italy, …

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France’s CNES Enjoys Success At 70th International Astronautical Congress

On 25 October 2019 the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) came to a close in Washington, D.C. More than 6,800 representatives of the space community gathered from over 80 countries for a week of events, meetings and collaborations that will shape the future of space. The General Assembly of the …

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Germany’s DLR Teams With U.S. Federal Aviation Administration For Commercial Space Traffic Management

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Office of Commercial Space Transportation of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are seeking to identify the data that may need to be exchanged between United States and European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP’s) prior to, during …

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