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August 26, 2020
Africa is investing more in space and satellite industry

Lagos, Nigeria (SPX) Aug 25, 2020
Space in Africa, the authority on news, data, and market analysis for the African space industry has released the 2020 Edition of the African Space Industry Annual Report. The report builds on the 2019 industry report which reported the industry is over USD 7 billion of annual revenues and is projected to grow at a 7.3% compound annual growth rate to exceed USD 10 billion by 2024. 2019 was the best year in the history of the African space industry with over USD 717 million spent on satellite projects. U ... read more

Pentagon announces $17.4M in contracts under Defense Production Act
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 21, 2020
The Pentagon announced contracts totaling $17.4 million on Friday to retain contractors' workforce capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... more
Tech combo is a real game-changer for farming
Beijing (XNA) Aug 18, 2020
Global acceptance and application of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System will gather momentum on the back of further integration with telecom technologies like 5G and the internet of things, ... more
Launch of Russia's Glonass-K satellite postponed until October
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2020
The launch of Russia's next-generation Glonass-K navigation satellite, which has been postponed several times since March, is planned for mid-October, a space industry revealed on Saturday. "T ... more
GPS 3 receives operational acceptance
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Aug 12, 2020
The United States Space Force (USSF) and the Space and the Missile Systems Center achieved another major Global Positioning System (GPS) milestone on July 27 when the GPS III Space Vehicle (SV) 03 r ... more
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Beidou's eye can help spot and stop rampant illegal mining
Beijing (XNA) Aug 07, 2020
More than 100 officials in Gansu province were held accountable three years ago for illegal coal mining on the northern slope of the Qilian Mountains on the Gansu-Qinghai border. However, nobody has ... more
Air Force navigation technology satellite passes critical design review
Kirtland AFB NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2020
The Navigation Technology Satellite - 3 (NTS-3) spacecraft passed Critical Design Review (CDR) on June 25, a major milestone, allowing L3Harris, the prime contractor for the spacecraft, to proceed i ... more
Software upgrades for Beidou to continue
Beijing (XNA) Aug 07, 2020
Designers of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System will keep upgrading software on Beidou satellites to improve their capabilities and maintain technological advantages, according to a key figu ... more
Full global service of Beidou signals space tech independence
Beijing (XNA) Aug 03, 2020
Although launched more than one month ago, the official operation of the 55th and last satellite of the Beidou-3 Navigation Satellite System was formally announced by President Xi Jinping at a cerem ... more
Beidou also belongs to world
Beijing (XNA) Aug 03, 2020
China has been striving to foster international cooperation in space-based navigation and positioning as well as applications for its Beidou system, said the China Satellite Navigation Office. ... more
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China's self-developed BDS officially opens for global users with upgraded services
Beijing (XNA) Aug 03, 2020
China declared the official commissioning of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) on Friday, marking the formal opening of the newly completed BDS-3 system for global users. The BDS sy ... more
Xi unveils Beidou full-scale coverage
Beijing (XNA) Aug 03, 2020
President Xi Jinping announced on Friday that China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System has been completed and has started providing full-scale global services that day. Xi, who is also gener ... more
Latvia becomes ESA Associate Member State
Paris (ESA) Jul 30, 2020
Latvia signed an Association Agreement with ESA on 30 June 2020. This Association Agreement between ESA and the Government of the Republic of Latvia, builds on the successful results achieved under ... more
Last BeiDou satellite starts operation in network
Beijing (XNA) Jul 30, 2020
The 55th and last satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has commenced operation in the network after completing in-orbit tests and network access evaluations, according to a stat ... more
Garmin says systems back online after cyber attack
San Francisco (AFP) July 27, 2020
Computer networks of the smartwatch and electronics firm Garmin were coming back online Monday, the company said, after an outage widely believed to have been due to a ransomware attack. ... more

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BeiDou adopted in unmanned farm machines in Xinjiang
Urumqi, China (SPX) Jul 21, 2020
The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has been adopted in more than 10,000 unmanned farm tractors and spraying drones in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to the r ... more
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Honeywell expands navigation options for precise data in areas without GPS
Phoenix AZ (SPX) Jul 17, 2020
Honeywell is introducing the HGuide n380, a new inertial navigation system that communicates position, orientation and velocity of an object - such as an autonomous vehicle or unmanned aerial vehicl ... more
SMC contracts for Joint Modernized GPS Handheld Device across multiple suppliers
Los Angeles AFB CA (AFNS) Jul 13, 2020
On June 26, the United States Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded three separate Rapid Prototyping agreements to Collins Aerospace, Raytheon Intelligence and Space and Technology ... more
UP42 Adds exactEarth Ship Tracking Data to Geospatial Marketplace
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 09, 2020
UP42 has announced that global ship tracking data from exactEarth Ltd. is now offered on the UP42 developer platform and marketplace for Earth observation data and analytics. The exactEarth partners ... more
New satellite constellation to boost Australia's national security capability amid rising tensions
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jul 07, 2020
Australian based company LatConnect 60 has has announced a global space partnership to build and deploy a smart satellite constellation over Australian skies to help the Australian government and co ... more
GPS isn't just for road trips anymore
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 03, 2020
When it comes to nifty farm gadgets and technology, there are many neat tools. Tractor guidance is definitely one of them, thanks to how it helps farmers better use their resources. Tractor gu ... more
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Chile slaps record fine on Norwegian salmon producer
Santiago (AFP) Aug 22, 2020
Chile's environmental protection service said Friday it had slapped a record $6.6 million fine on a Norwegian salmon producer for the 2018 escape of 690,000 antibiotic-fed fish. The fine, handed to salmon farming company Mowi, formerly known as Marina Harvest, was the largest ever for an environmental offense in the South American country. The charge of 5.3 billion pesos ($6.6 million) w ... more
+ Colombia close to resuming aerial spraying of coca crops
+ Australia blocks Chinese firm's bid to buy major dairy company
+ China's rat, cobra farmers feel coronavirus pain
+ Desert greenhouses offer growth opportunities
+ Farmers should share burden of cultivating wild bees, researchers say
+ High-tech farmers sow seeds of revolution in Dubai desert
+ Climate change sours French winemakers' bitter harvest
Pentagon: It's time to bring microelectronics manufacturing to the U.S.
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 20, 2020
The U.S. government must entice companies to do more microelectronics manufacturing in the United States, the Pentagon's undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment said Thursday. During a prerecorded "fireside chat" at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Electronics Resurgence Initiative summit, Ellen Lord said the fact that most microelectronics are manufactured offshor ... more
+ DARPA Selects Teams to Increase Security of Semiconductor Supply Chain
+ Artificial materials for more efficient electronics
+ Spin, spin, spin: researchers enhance electron spin longevity
+ US court overturns Qualcomm defeat in antitrust case
+ 'Drawn-on-skin' electronics offer breakthrough in wearable monitors
+ Scientists discover new class of semiconducting entropy-stabilized materials
+ "Giant atoms" enable quantum processing and communication in one

NASA takes delivery of GE jet engine for X-59
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Aug 24, 2020
Mark the big one-of-a-kind engine, designed and built just for NASA, as delivered. Nearly 13 feet long, three feet in diameter, and packing 22,000 pounds of afterburner enhanced jet propulsion, the F414-GE-100 engine is now at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base in California. There it will be checked out and inspected before it is transported to nearby ... more
+ Artificial intelligence wins over man in simulated aerial dogfight
+ U.S. Army pilot commitment extended to 10 years
+ Enemy jammer takes first test flight aboard EA-18G Growler
+ B-52s arrive in Britain for NATO exercises
+ U.S. B-1 Lancers, B-2 stealth bombers conduct missions in Indo-Pacific
+ F-35s join U.S. Air Force's Red Flag-Alaska exercise for first time
+ Navy sends 20th Super Hornet to Boeing for Block III upgrades
Uber-Lyft to stop California services absent reprieve
San Francisco (AFP) Aug 19, 2020
Uber and Lyft are hoping a courtroom reprieve will spare them from shutting down their rival smartphone-summoned ride services in California on Friday. The companies are awaiting word from an appeals court whether they will be able to delay having to abide by a new state law that officials argue requires them to reclassify drivers as employees entitled to worker benefits. A judge gave th ... more
+ Uber-Lyft back off plans to suspend California ride services
+ Uber chief: law could idle operations in California
+ Uber calls for new deal for 'gig economy' workers
+ Road test: Chinese 'robotaxis' take riders for a spin
+ Uber earnings hit hard as pandemic stalls revenue
+ Uber keeps Asia HQ in Singapore, ditching Hong Kong move
+ Volkswagen has paid $9.5 bn to US drivers over 'dieselgate'
EOS Data Analytics to launch satellite with Dragonfly Multispectral Imagers in 2022
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 27, 2020
EOS Data Analytics has announced the conclusion of an agreement with Dragonfly Aerospace for the delivery of two HR-250 high-performance multispectral imagers. A satellite equipped with the Dragonfl ... more
Despite pandemic-related setbacks, the NewSpace industry has new players enter the field
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 05, 2020
In the United States, NewSpace companies, including SpaceX, Rocket Lab, and Firefly Aerospace, and giants like Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, and Lockheed Martin, have avoided the massive layo ... more
Redcliffe Partners' Ukrainian Space Regulation Review
Kyiv, Ukraine (SPX) Sep 24, 2020
Over the past decade, the aerospace industry has evolved from a race by countries for kudos into an accelerator of economic and scientific development, where technology travels freely between differ ... more
Credit card problems for Hong Kong's Carrie Lam as sanctions bite
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 18, 2020
Hong Kong's leader says using her credit cards had been "hampered" by the United States slapping sanctions on her in response to a sweeping new security law in the financial hub. Chief Executive Carrie Lam was personally targeted, along with 10 other senior city officials, in the toughest US action on Hong Kong since Beijing imposed the new law on the territory in late June. The move by ... more
+ China slams US 'abuse' over new Huawei sanctions
+ Merkel raises 'doubts' over EU-Mercosur trade pact
+ Asian markets track US losses as Fed raises economy concerns
+ Trade talks, virus treatment help markets post fresh gains
+ China launches anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine
+ Stocks mixed as stimulus hope offset by China-US, virus worries
+ Hong Kong slams US decision to end tax, extradition deals
Brazil VP challenges DiCaprio to a hike in the jungle
Sao Paulo (AFP) Aug 19, 2020
Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao challenged actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio Wednesday to an eight-hour hike in the Amazon, saying he wanted to show the Hollywood star the rainforest is not actually burning. Mourao, who heads President Jair Bolsonaro's task force on fighting deforestation, took issue with DiCaprio reposting an Instagram video from The Guardian newspaper w ... more
+ Toronto seeks to save oak tree older than Canada
+ Brazil military plane flew illegal Amazon miners: prosecutors
+ Fight over Myanmar's marble hills; Amazon protesters resume roadblock
+ NASA study maps the roots of global mangrove loss
+ Increasing indigenous property rights could help save the rainforest
+ World's most pristine tropical forests remain vulnerable to deforestation
+ Brazil hails reduction in Amazon deforestation in July

Observation satellite starts formal duties
Beijing (XNA) Aug 25, 2020
China's best optical Earth-observation satellite for civil use has finished its in-orbit tests and started formal operation on Thursday. At a handover ceremony at the China National Space Administration on Thursday morning, designers of the Gaofen 7 announced that the satellite had begun serving its major users-the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Deve ... more
+ Gaofen 7 observation satellite starts formal duties
+ China launches new optical remote-sensing satellite
+ New data product warns Alaska pilots of clouds, dangerously cold weather
+ China set to launch two advanced marine satellites in 2021
+ Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time
+ NASA researchers track slowly splitting 'dent' in Earth's magnetic field
+ Ozone levels across Northern Hemisphere have been rising for 20 years
Scientists open new window into the nanoworld
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 20, 2020
University of Colorado Boulder researchers have used ultra-fast extreme ultraviolet lasers to measure the properties of materials more than 100 times thinner than a human red blood cell. The team, led by scientists at JILA, reported its new feat of wafer-thinness this week in the journal Physical Review Materials. The group's target, a film just 5 nanometers thick, is the thinnest material ... more
+ The smallest motor in the world
+ Crystalline 'nanobrush' clears way to advanced energy and information tech
+ Transporting energy through a single molecular nanowire
+ To make an atom-sized machine, you need a quantum mechanic
+ Magnetic nanoparticles help researchers remotely release adrenal hormones
+ New DNA origami motor breaks speed record for nano machines

Britain, Belgium to collaborate on MQ-9B drone acquisition
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 19, 2020
Britain and Belgium signed a statement of intent to work together after both countries acquire the MQ-9B drone, they announced this week. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System is built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems of San Diego, and is known as the Protector RG Mk1 in Europe. In remote signing ceremonies on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston of the Royal Air Force a ... more
+ Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza over balloon attacks
+ SqwaQ demonstrates BVLOS UAS flight capabilities for controlled airspace
+ Turkish drone kills 2 Iraqi officers in Kurdish region: army
+ Air Force holds electronic warfare exercise with classified stealth drone
+ Swiss Army Chooses Lockheed Martin's Indago 3 UAS For Tactical Reconnaissance And Surveillance
+ Image processing algorithm allows indoor drones to fly autonomously
+ VTOL demonstration at JEB Little Creek showcases REALL Technology
Sri Lanka rations power after Chinese generator crashes during blackout
Colombo (AFP) Aug 18, 2020
Sri Lanka on Tuesday said electricity would be rationed across the island, after a Chinese-built coal power generator shut down during an hours-long nationwide blackout. Power will be cut for nearly three hours every day across the country of 21 million people to conserve electricity, the state-run Ceylon Electricity Board said. A "technical fault" at a 300-megawatt thermal power plant n ... more
+ Wind and solar power at record high in 2020, coal dips: analysis
+ France to ban heated terraces in anti-pollution drive
+ Energy majors 'spend 90%' on fossil fuels despite climate pledges
+ Delayed and downsized, but will Tokyo Olympics be greener?
+ New corporate initiatives aim for carbon neutrality
+ Wealthier in U.S. have larger carbon footprints, energy use survey shows
+ Renewable energy transition makes dollars and sense

The factory of the future, batteries not included
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 24, 2020
Many analysts have predicted an explosion in the number of industrial "internet of things" (IoT) devices that will come online over the next decade. Sensors play a big role in those forecasts. Unfortunately, sensors come with their own drawbacks, many of which are due to the limited energy supply and finite lifetime of their batteries. Now the startup Everactive has developed industr ... more
+ Russian chemists proposed a new design of flow batteries
+ Red bricks can be charged, store energy
+ DLR and MTU Aero Engines study fuel cell propulsion system for aviation
+ Room temperature superconductivity creeping toward possibility
+ First results of an upgraded device highlight lithium's value for producing fusion
+ Thermal storage units that repair themselves
+ Quest advances to recreate sun's energy on earth
Navy's information warfare research effort gets $400M in new funding
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 19, 2020
A new U.S. Navy information warfare project received a two-year extension and $400 million in new funding, the Navy announced. James Guerts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, approved a funding ceiling increase and extension for the Information Warfare Research Project of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. The project now has a ... more
+ Navy's next littoral combat ship completes acceptance trials
+ Turkey's bid to become maritime powerhouse unsettles Mediterranean
+ Britain to lead multinational effort to train Ukrainian navy
+ Submarine tender USS Emory S. Land arrives home for maintenance
+ U.S. Navy develops software to track COVID-19 cases aboard ships
+ NATO ships, aircraft conduct exercises with Latvian navy
+ Navy acquisition chief says the branch needs COVID-19 relief funds to avoid cuts

Report: Russia now has 'holistic' approach to warfare
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 21, 2020
A report on Russia's military doctrine indicates a shift away from reliance on nuclear capability and emphasis on the military as only one element of strategy. The report by the Congressional Research Service on Thursday, notes Russia's "new generation warfare." It cites comments by Gen.Valery Gerasimov, Russia's chief of general staff, indicating that "The role of nonmilitary me ... more
+ Jacqueline D. Van Ovost becomes only female four-star leader in DoD
+ NATO resumes disposal of obsolete ammunition in Ukraine
+ Army develops vibration-based system for land mine identification
+ Army Secretary acknowledges Fort Hood concerns during visit
+ Apocalyptic scenes as blasts ravage Beirut
+ Esper: Nation grieves over 9 service members killed in training
+ Marines elevate training command for 'information-age model'
Observation satellite starts formal duties
Beijing (XNA) Aug 25, 2020
China's best optical Earth-observation satellite for civil use has finished its in-orbit tests and started formal operation on Thursday. At a handover ceremony at the China National Space Administration on Thursday morning, designers of the Gaofen 7 announced that the satellite had begun serving its major users-the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Deve ... more
+ Gaofen 7 observation satellite starts formal duties
+ China launches new optical remote-sensing satellite
+ New data product warns Alaska pilots of clouds, dangerously cold weather
+ China set to launch two advanced marine satellites in 2021
+ Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time
+ NASA researchers track slowly splitting 'dent' in Earth's magnetic field
+ Ozone levels across Northern Hemisphere have been rising for 20 years

NOAA selects Orbit Logic for enterprise scheduling
Greenbelt, MD (SPX) Aug 25, 2020
Under a recent contract award, Orbit Logic will provide the enterprise scheduling solution for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ground stations and satellites. NOAA has named the new system to be provided by Orbit Logic the Enterprise Automated Scheduling Implementation (EASI) planning system. The EASI system aims to be just that - easy. The Office of Satellite and Pr ... more
+ NASA selects SwRI to participate in $6B Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition IV Contract
+ Spacepath Communications wins large order for solid-state RF power amplifiers
+ NASA engineers checking InSight's weather sensors
+ New ground station brings laser communications closer to reality
+ Nellis AFB, Nev., opens pilots' virtual training center
+ Novel method of heat conduction could be a game changer for server farms and aircraft
+ Army researchers explore self-healing materials
IBCS engages advanced tactical ballistic missile and cruise missile during rigorous test
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 24, 2020
The U.S. Army successfully intercepted a high-performance, high-speed tactical ballistic missile (TBM) target and a cruise missile target during a flight test using the Northrop Grumman Corporation Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS). The target missiles were part of the second of two live-fire tests during the Army's IBCS Limited User Test (LUT) at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexic ... more
+ US Japan to build network of satellites to detect missile launches
+ Russia testing news S-500 Systems, mass production on the way
+ MBDA and Lockheed Martin submit proposal for Germany's Integrated Air And Missile Defense System
+ IBCS intercepts multiple targets, demonstrates resiliency and survivability in contested environment
+ Israel, U.S. test Arrow 2 missile interceptor system
+ Hungary purchases $1 billion U.S.-made defense missile system
+ Boeing submits proposal for Next Generation Interceptor missile
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