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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Why the New Space Race Must Focus On Sustainability

As Earth’s orbits become more crowded due to more countries entering the space domain and the emergence of large commercial constellations, the challenge of sustaining space as an environment in which Earth can continue to derive all of the advantages of satellite increases. In a blog post originally authored for …

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Airbus to Reshape Earth Observation Market With Its Pléiades Neo Constellation

The production of Airbus’ four new very high resolution satellites, which together will form the Pléiades Neo constellation, is well on schedule for launch in 2020. They will join the already world leading Airbus constellation of optical and radar satellites and will offer enhanced performance and the highest reactivity in …

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UAE’s Thuraya Conducts Intensive Training at Pacific Endeavor 2017

Thuraya Telecommunications recently attended U.S. Pacific Command’s (USPACOM) Pacific Endeavor 2017, hosted by the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) in the United States, where it presented an intensive training workshop on critical satellite communication technologies for first responders and military experts from 22 participating Asia-Pacific countries. The annual invite-only event ran …

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Morocco’s High-Resolution Earth Observation Satellite to be Launched by Arianespace in November 2017

Moroccan press sources are reporting that the kingdom’s first high-resolution Earth observation satellite – currently designated as MN35-13 – is being readied for launch on an Arianespace Vega space launch vehicle from Kourou in French Guiana on November 7 or 8, 2017. The MN35-13 satellite has been built by French-based …

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Angola Enacts Its First Space Strategy for 2016-2025

Angola published its first space strategy in May 2017 containing highly ambitious measures to make use of space technologies, services, and products for the social and economic development of the country and reinforce Angola’s regional and international positioning. Angola’s space strategy establishes the main pillars and measures for state activities …

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Kratos’ satID® Offers Industry’s Only TDMA Network Geolocation Capability to Combat VSAT Interference

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its market leading satID® satellite interference geolocation product offers the industry’s only Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network geolocation capability to combat Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) interference. The satID® product is recognized as the …

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#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East – What Is The Chinese Space Silk Road?

In Part One of this multi-week SpaceWatch Middle East Theme on the Chinese Space Silk Road and the Middle East, we invited Dr. Malcolm Davis of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) to provide an overview of the Space Silk Road for readers. The emergence of China’s Belt and Road …

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UrtheCast Announces the Signing of a Contract for a SAR-XL Satellite for the OptiSAR™ Constellation

UrtheCast Corp. announced on August 14, 2017, that it has entered into a contract with a confidential customer for the development and delivery of a dual-frequency stand-alone Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operational-class satellite as an “accelerator” for the OptiSARTM Constellation.  The exact amount of the contract is not being disclosed …

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Israeli-Made OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Satellites Successfully Launched By Arianespace

For the second time this year – and the 10th overall since entering service in 2012 – Vega has successfully launched a payload from the Spaceport, with this lightweight vehicle’s latest mission delivering the OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Earth observation satellites to Sun-synchronous orbits. Lifting off from the Spaceport’s SLV launch …

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Israel’s Gilat Awarded Contract by Brazil’s Telebras for SGDC Satellite

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it received orders of U.S.$11.4 Million, net of local taxes, to provide state-of-the-art communication solutions and technologies for the satellite-based broadband network, to serve the Brazilian Geostationary Satellite for Defense and Strategic Communications …

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