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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Space And Hybrid Warfare – Part One

By Ralph Thiele … thousands Satellites are a critical infrastructure. They enable television, internet, telecommunications, energy, trade, and financial networks to function. As access to space gets cheaper, the commercial sector continues to grow its presence in space. For fifty years, space innovation meant scaling Apollo-era technologies into ever larger, …

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Russia Proposes To Jointly Build SAR Earth Observation Satellites With Belarus

The President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Aleksandr Sergeyev, has stated that Russia intends to build a group of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) Earth observation satellites with assistance from the space and satellite industry of Belarus, according to Belarusian news agency BELTA. Sergeyev revealed the Earth observation satellite plan …

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India’s NAVIC GNSS Capability Declared An Allied System By U.S. Congress

The U.S. Congress has formally acknowledged India’s NAVIC global navigation satellite system (GNSS) to be an “allied system” in its finalized 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the legislative bill that outlines the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget, policies, and priorities for the coming fiscal year. The acknowledgement of NAVIC …

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The 8th African Leadership Conference On Space Science And Technology For Sustainable Development

By Carla Sharpe The 8th African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development was hosted at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, in Ethiopia from 2 to 4 December 2019. Over 200 participants joined the conference from 31 countries, 21 of which were African countries. The sessions …

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BRICS Member States Negotiating Earth Observation Satellite Sharing Framework

The member states of the BRICS economic bloc – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – are in the midst of negotiating a mutually beneficial framework that will allow each country to access certain Earth observation satellites from each other, according to various press reports. The aim, according to …

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France And Senegal Step Up Satellite Imagery Sharing And Cooperation, Space-Based Air Navigation

The President of the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales  (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, visited Dakar, Senegal, on 12 December 2019 to take part in the commemorations marking the 60th anniversary of the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). Speaking to …

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Africa’s ASECNA And Aerion Agree On ADS-B Satellite Use For Air Navigation and Safety

Following nearly two years of collaboration on terrestrial surveillance between the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) and Aireon, the two organizations have concluded the use of space-based ADS-B for surveillance services beginning 1 January 2020 within the six flight information regions (FIRs) of ASECNA: Antananarivo, …

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UK’s OneWeb To Use Altius Space Machines Tech For Space Debris Mitigation

OneWeb, whose goal is to connect everyone everywhere, and OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb are coming together to advance the OneWeb Responsible Space program with a commitment to implement an advanced-technology grappling fixture, developed by Altius Space Machines, on OneWeb’s satellites. Dedicated to the idea that …

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