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Uzbekistan And India To Cooperate On Satellite Communications And Space Research

The Government of India headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the agreement on cooperation in space research for peaceful purposes with Uzbekistan, according to a Trend News Agency report citing local Uzbek media. The agreement was signed between the two countries on 1 October 2018 during the first …

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Australian Space Agency Selects Adelaide For Headquarters

Australia’s Space Agency (ASA) will be located in Adelaide, reinforcing South Australia’s long-standing contribution to the nation’s space journey. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said South Australia was a key hub for innovation and the technology industry, making it the ideal home for the new Agency. “Australia’s space industry is …

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Syria Seeks To Build Satellite, Establish A Space Programme

The Syrian Minister of Communications and Technology, Iyad Khatib, has stated the need for Syria to develop a space programme and launch its first satellite into orbit, the ministry said on 11 December 2018, according to Russian news outlet Sputnik International. The minister visited a Syrian space research organisation called …

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India And Japan To Hold First Space Dialogue In March 2019

India and Japan have scheduled their first annual bilateral space dialogue in March 2019, where they will discuss cooperation and coordination on a range of civil and national security space issues,  ranging from space-based maritime domain awareness and satellite reconnaissance through to the harmonization of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) …

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Philippines Congress Passes Key Legislation For Creation Of National Space Agency

Legislators in the Philippines Congress have passed key legislation that will establish the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), placing the organisation in charge of developing, running, and promoting the Southeast Asian country’s national space programme. On 4 December 2018, the House of Representatives approved House Bill (HB) 8541 on its third …

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Russia’s Space Crisis: Roscosmos “Spends Billions On Space But Kopecks” On Engineering Talent

The Russian state space corporation Roscosmos has been accused by a Russian journalist of spending “billions on space but kopecks” on the engineering talent required for the sustainable and long-term success of Russia’s space ambitions. Vladimir Koryagin, an investigative journalist for Lenta, wrote a report titled “A Flight to Nowhere: …

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Azerbaijan And Iran To Jointly Build Satellite, Cooperate In Satellite Communications

Azerbaijan and Iran have concluded negotiations on space cooperation, to include the Iranian use of Azerbaijani communications satellites and the joint development of a remote sensing satellite, according Azerbaijani media reports. “We are currently holding negotiations on Iran’s use of satellites belonging to Azerbaijan. In addition, Iran has a satellite …

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Russia’s Glavkosmos Appoints Dmitry Loskutov As Director General

The Board of Directors of Russia’s Glavkosmos have elected on 6 December 2018 Dmitry Loskutov to be the company’s new Director General. Mr. Loskutov comes to Glavkosmos with a wealth of governmental and defence-diplomacy experience. Until 2004 he worked in the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, engaged in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Why We Should Continue To Invest In Space Exploration

By James Yenbamroong Mankind has always been defined by our collective curiosity. We constantly push for greater things, expanding our knowledge and influence over the world around us. Some achieved things that were previously thought impossible. The Wright brothers flew the first fixed-winged aircraft, Yuri Gagarin was the first man …

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Russia’s Roscosmos Fires Back At Barrage Of Criticism And Whiff Of Scandal

Following a string of high-profile incidents, failures, and corruption scandals and allegations, Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, has hit back at its Russian and international critics in a bizarre claim that criticism of the struggling space programme is an “information attack” designed to discredit Roscosmos and its efforts at reforming …

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