Nation in Review: France

France has always been a pioneer in space: It was the third nation to establish a space program, and it led Europe’s launch vehicle development. Military and civil space strategies from the past few years have planned for the completion of new military satellite constellations, the first launch of the new Ariane 6 launch vehicle, and an increase in domestic space industry investment.

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The S-Network Space Index℠ 2022 Performance

The S-Network Space Index℠ tracks a global portfolio of publicly traded companies that are active in space-related businesses such as satellite-based telecommunications; transmission of television and radio content via satellite . . .

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Above the Fold: Space Issues to Watch in 2023

In China, 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit. Of the twelve animals, it is regarded as the luckiest and symbolizes mercy and elegance. People born in this year avoid arguing and fighting. As one contemplates the major space issues facing the new Congress and the Biden-Harris administration, a realist must accept that it is likely they will be debated . . .

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November Space Council Meetings Could Shape Commercial Regulations

The National Space Council asked for comment on new commercial space systems and how the commercial space sector could be regulated during a pair of online meetings set for November. The council wants input from industry and the public. The move is part of a Biden Administration push to deal with issues including crowded orbits and the safety of space tourists.

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U.S. Defense Strategy Document Pledges Commercial Space Protection

In a first-of-its-kind shift in stated strategy, the Biden Administration pledged, in a document that outlines Pentagon plans, to protect growing American commercial interests in space while advancing military space capabilities and international cooperation in orbit. Military space has returned to the spotlight in recent years after a slump that accompanied the end of the Cold War.

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Nation in Review: Bahrain

In 2018, Bahraini space officials signed a Declaration of Principles with the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) and the UAE’s Khalifa UniversityIn 2018, Bahraini space officials signed a Declaration of Principles with the UAE Space Agency (UAESA) and the UAE’s Khalifa University

The kingdom of Bahrain is the smallest country in the Middle East, measuring only 294 square miles with a population of 1.7 million people. The small nation is an ambitious emerging playerin the space sector.

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