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French Defense Plan Prioritizes Intel Satellites

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The Ceres project, in which Thales Alenia Space and Astrium Satellites have agreed to cooperate, would not be operational until 2020.

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Telespazio Awarded $200 Million Contract for Italian Spy Satellite

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PARIS — Telespazio of Rome will provide a high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite to the Italian Ministry of Defense under a contract valued at more than $200 million, with the satellite to be manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and launched in 2015, Telespazio and its parent company, Finmeccanica, announced July 19.

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Italian Military Buys $100M Spy Satellite from Israel in Exchange Deal

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PARIS — The Italian Defense Ministry is buying a high-resolution optical reconnaissance satellite from Israel as part of an offset package agreed to in exchange for the Israeli Defense Ministry’s purchase of Italian trainer aircraft, according to industry officials.

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More Details Released on NASA’s New Spy Telescopes

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Additional details about the pair of spy telescopes NASA acquired from the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) were released the week of June 11 via NASA’s Freedom of Information Act Office in Washington.

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