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U.S. Space Force’s newest missile defense satellite successfully completes test

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp has announced that the U.S. Space Force’s new missile defense satellite successfully completed simulated space environmental testing. On June 9, the world’s most advanced missile defense satellite, called the Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite (SBIRS GEO-5), successfully completed Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)’s Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility. Completing TVAC was a significant milestone for the first military space satellite to be built on one of Lockheed Martin’s modernized LM 2100™ satellite buses. During TVAC testing, the...
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China completes Beidou navigation system to bolster its own military space assets

On Thursday, China has successfully launched a BeiDou-3 satellite completing its own global navigation system. The satellite, the 55th in the family of BeiDou that means “Big Dipper” in Chinese, was launched at 9:43 a.m. (Beijing Time) and sent into the preset orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The cluster of navigation satellites — part of a $10bn system called BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), — is made up of 35 satellites and provides global navigation coverage. -...
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NATO exercises with Tunisian Navy in the Mediterranean

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) ships and Tunisian Navy vessels performed a passing exercise in the Western Mediterranean Sea on 22 June 2020. The Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, now at the end of the Italian Command, exercised with two Tunisian Navy units – offshore patrol vessel Syphax and the fast patrol boat Hamilcar. The exercise was conducted in the waters north of Bizerte, Tunisia, with the four vessels performing a communication drill, followed by a manoeuvring series, concluded by the traditional ‘sailpast’ and a salute between the four...
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