Innovation in outer space, it’s not rocket science – Part 2: The case for Australian space

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Australia’s space industry needs to catch up with the rest of the world. Andrea Boyd, Flight Operations Engineer for the International Space Station in Germany, explained why at the recent GAP Summit in Part Two of her case for a more proactive Australian space policy and programme. Part One can be …

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German space initiative “Die Astronautin” takes off – getting Women into Space

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was seized upon by over  400 women when they were given the chance to become the first German female astronaut. On 14 September 2016, more then 70 of these were selected for the next stage of evaluation. Our colleagues at Sputnik news wrote about the inspiring event: The view of Earth from …

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Eutelsat unveils new SATCOM interference single-satellite geolocation solution

Photograph courtesy of Eutelsat.

Eutelsat Communications has validated the performance of a unique one-satellite geolocation solution that is now being deployed across its global monitoring network. The SIECAMS® ILS ONE service developed by Siemens Convergence Creators assists in the localisation of interference signals without the need for an adjacent satellite, thereby increasing Eutelsat’s ability …

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New funding programme to serve as launch pad for Swiss space start-ups


This autumn, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Education (SERI) will open an ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) in Switzerland. In addition to technical expertise and business-development support, ESA BIC Switzerland will also provide start-ups with up to EUR 500,000 in …

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Japanese space policy minister visits Türksat headquarters


Japanese Minister of Space Policy Mr. Yosuke Tsuruho accompanied by Japanese delegates paid a visit to Türksat Headquarters located in Gölbaşı as part of his visit to Turkey, on 9 September 2016. Türksat’s CEO, Cenk Şen, welcomed Mr. Tsuruho and the accompanying delegates, and after a briefing on Türksat and …

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Israel’s great space recovery? IAI engineers fixing Ofek-11 in orbit, first images transmitted

The Ofek-11 reconnaissance satellite being launched by a Shavit space launch vehicle from Palmachim Air Base in Israel on 13 September 2016. Photograph courtesy of the Israeli Ministry of Defence.

Israeli press outlets are reporting that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) engineers are resolving many of the technical faults discovered on its latest reconnaissance satellite – Ofek-11 – launched last week on 13 September 2016 from Palmachim Air Base in Israel. Further, IAI engineers are quietly confident that the remaining problems …

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Serbian Office for Space Sciences, Research and Development founded


In August 2016 the Serbian Office for Space Sciences, Research and Development (SERBSPACE) was established in Belgrade, Serbia. It is registered as a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Serbia. SERBSPACE’s goals are development of Serbian space sciences, improvement of research and development relating to space, cooperation with national and international universities, …

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UAE Space Agency to have big presence at 67th International Astronautical Congress in Mexico


The UAE Space Agency announced today its participation in the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place at the Expo Guadalajara in Mexico, from 26 to 30 September 2016. The UAE Space Agency will use the platform as an opportunity to share experiences, challenges, and insights in space …

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Iran and APSCO to create a space situational awareness network

The Iran Space Agency Mahdasht Space Centre. Photo credits: Raheb Homavandi, Reuters.

Iranian press reports are suggesting that Iran and its Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) partners China, Pakistan, and Peru are in the process of creating a space situational awareness (SSA) network initially consisting of ground-based optical telescopes. According to reports, the first such optical telescope will become operational in October …

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The Better Satellite World Awards by SSPI


Nominations are now open for the 2016 Better Satellite World Awards. The modern world literally runs on satellite – from data networks and TV to Internet, agriculture, energy and transport – though far too few people know it.  Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, the commercial satellite industry is now …

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