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Raytheon To Provide Imaging Payloads for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView Legion Constellation

Raytheon was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors, and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon’s new payload doubles DigitalGlobe’s capacity to capture multispectral and 30 …

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Sentinel-5P Successfully Launched To Monitor World’s Pollution

The Airbus-built pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has been successfully launched on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia at 09.27 GMT on Friday, October 13, 2017. Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of the Copernicus global monitoring programme, a joint European Commission–European Space Agency undertaking which aims to acquire continuous …

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UAE Space Agency Signs Wide-Reaching Agreement With Luxembourg

The UAE Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, defining a framework for collaboration and the exchange of information and expertise in the fields of space science, research, and technology. The MoU was signed by Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al …

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MDA Completes Acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Rebrands As Maxar Technologies

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, announced on October 5, 2017, it has completed its acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in high resolution Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. The merger creates …

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Pakistan to Launch First Earth Observation Satellite in 2018

Pakistan’s national space agency, the Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (SUPARCO), announced on October 4, 2017, that it expects the first Pakistani dual-use Earth observation satellite, Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite 1 (PRSS-1), and an experimental satellite, will be launched in March 2018. The launch of PRSS-1 has a potential …

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Iran Announces Plans to Join Two APSCO Projects

Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology (CIT) announced in September that Iran will increase its collaborative efforts with the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO). APSCO’s Secretary General, Li Xinjun, recently voiced his approval of Iran’s advancements in its technology sector, and indicated this was the reason the organisation is …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Knowledge Transfer in MENA: Leapfrogging the Learning Curve

As more countries around the world look to develop their own space capabilities, organisations, and policies, SpaceWatch Middle East’s Editor-in-Chief, Helen Jameson, examines the importance of technology transfer in developing space power in the Middle East and Africa. Space. It’s becoming a priority, and the fascination and realisation that what …

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Cairo Approves Establishment of Egyptian Space Agency and Receives Further Chinese Funding For Its Space Programme

The Egyptian Council of Ministers approved on September 27, 2017, the establishment of a national space agency, according to the Egyptian Minister for Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar. The ruling by the Council of Ministers will now pass on to the Egyptian parliament for final agreement and made into law. …

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