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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: What Does ASEAN’s Evolving Approach to the South China Sea Issue Mean for Vietnam?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “What Does ASEAN’s Evolving Approach to the South China Sea Issue Mean for Vietnam?”, originally published on 1 November 2019 in The …

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European Space Agency Tackles Cybersecurity

Strong and reliable communication is a key part of the space industry. From the signals that make global satellite navigation work to the data we collect from Earth-monitoring missions, space telescopes, human spaceflight and planetary exploration, everything has to be transferred and stored securely – including the news in ESA’s …

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New Zealand Space Agency Invests NZ$3M In Six Kiwi New Space Companies Through Catalyst Strategic Space Fund

Six New Zealand research projects have received NZ$500,000 each to fund the development of innovative space technologies including satellite control systems and ocean and coastal monitoring satellites. The recipients of the funding, awarded through the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment’s (MBIE) competitive Catalyst: Strategic Space Fund, are …

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UAE’s MBRSC Hosts 22nd IAA Humans In Space Symposium In Dubai

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) launched the 22nd edition of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Humans in Space Symposium (HIS) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The UAE is the first country in the MENA region to host this conference, from 11 to 14 November …

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ESIP Announces Satellite Imagery Operational Readiness Levels For Better Disaster Response And Management

Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), the global community steward for Earth science data professionals, has announced Operational Readiness Levels (ORLs) to make Earth science data more trusted and to improve data-driven decision-making during disaster response and recovery. The new ORLs empower data professionals and operational decision-makers to turn the massive …

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President Macron’s State Visit To China Highlights Sino-French Space Cooperation

On 6 November 2019, on the occasion of President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to the People’s Republic of China, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Zhang Kejian, Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), signed in the presence of Presidents Macron and Xi Jinping a …

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UK Space Agency To Provide $9.5 Million Funding To Virgin Orbit For Cornwall Spaceport Use

Spaceport Cornwall, courtesy Virgin Orbit

The UK Space Agency will award £7.35 million to Virgin Orbit UK Limited, the UK branch of U.S. launch operator Virgin Orbit, to enable horizontal launch of small satellites at Cornwall Airport Newquay, it was confirmed on 5 November 2019. The funding will help to develop advanced ground support equipment, …

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New Zealand Establishes MethaneSAT Climate Change Space Programme

The New Zealand Government announced on 7 November 2019 it would contribute NZ$26 million towards MethaneSAT, a state-of-the-art satellite designed to detect global methane emissions with unprecedented accuracy. The mission is being led by United States-based NGO Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and its subsidiary MethaneSAT LLC, who have signed a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Space Resources: Make it a Priority for Your Politicians – Space19+ is coming

In this article, Simon Drake, MD of Space Ventures Investors, CEO of Space Commodities Exchange, and organiser of Space Resources Community Voice, explores the reasons why space really has to rise to the top of politicians’ lists of priorities and why it’s down to us to do something about it.  …

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French Space Agency Promotes Small Satellites For Sustainable Development At COSPAR

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was at the 4th Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) symposium that is taking place in Herzliya, Israel, from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November 2019 on the theme of “Small Satellites for Sustainable Science and Development.” Formed in 1958, COSPAR is …

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