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Japanese Government to Support NewSpace Sector, Policy Review for Lunar Property Rights Unlikely

Japan has announced a significant commitment to developing its NewSpace sector, offering nearly U.S.$1 billion of support, according to a report in Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review. Japanese news outlet the Nikkei Asian Review also claims that the Japanese government is considering amending its space policy and legislation to allow Japanese …

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Greece Creates Space Agency in Bid for Economic and Strategic Benefits

The Greek space agency – known formally as the Hellenic Space Agency – was officially announced on Monday, 19 March, 2018, in Athens by the Greek Minister for Digital Policy and Media, Nikos Pappas, and the General Secretary of Telecommunications and Post, Vassilis Maglaras. Speaking at the launch event, Nikos …

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India and EU Sign Copernicus Remote Sensing Data Exchange Agreement

The European Union and India signed a cooperation arrangement agreement Monday forging significant earth observation links to combat climate change and provide environmental security. “The European Commission and India’s Department of Space (DoS), have decided to sign an arrangement with the aim to strengthen and stimulate cooperation on Earth observation …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: SERBSPACE – An Announcement and Call to Action

In this article, Milan Mijovic, President of SERBSPACE presents the argument for the formation of an entity that encourages emerging nations to pursue space ambitions. 2018 will mark the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space – …

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South African Space Agency Expanding Cooperation, Though Funding Challenges for EOSat-1 Remain

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is on the verge of mounting a large expansion of its cooperative efforts with other African countries, and potentially with the European Space Agency (ESA) as well, according to the SANSA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Val Munsami in an interview with Engineering News …

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Thailand’s mu Space Partners With SES and Hughes to Deliver Rural Satellite Broadband

mu Space Corp, the Thai NewSpace satellite communications company, will begin offering affordable satellite connectivity to rural Thailand, furthering the Thailand 4.0 economic transformation initiative. mu Space will use SES Networks’ satellite capacity and the JUPITER System from Hughes Networks Systems to deliver this connectivity. Only 12% of the country’s …

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Chinese Counterspace and the Return of Great Power Geopolitics: Implications and Suggested Strategic Responses for India

How should India approach Chinese efforts to develop antisatellite (ASAT) weapons and its ambition to establish space superiority? In a talk given to the Observer Research Foundation’s Space Security conference in New Delhi on 16 February, 2018, ThorGroup’s Dr. John B. Sheldon offers a few suggestions. For those who have just …

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India and France Sign Wide-Ranging Joint Vision for Space Cooperation

India and France have announced a broad and strategic space cooperation agreement to guide their developing bilateral strategic partnership. This Joint Vision for Space Cooperation includes both existing and new joint mechanisms, with inter-agency representation led by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the French National Space Agency (CNES) …

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Missile Experts Assert that Iran is Not Pursuing an ICBM Programme

A report authored by two prominent missile experts and published on 2 March, 2018, by the prominent think-tank, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), have asserted that Iran’s satellite launch vehicle capabilities are most likely not a ruse for an intercontinental ballistic missile programme, as claimed by a number …

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