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Egypt Receives $45 Million Grant From China For EgyptSat-2 Earth Observation Satellite Completion

The Chinese government has provided Egypt with a U.S.$45 million grant for the completion of the EgyptSat-2 Earth observation satellite. The grant was given at a signing ceremony held in Cairo on 13 August 2018 involving Egyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and the Chinese ambassador to …

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India’s PM Modi Announces First Manned Space Mission By 2022 In Re-Election Bid

Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi announced on 15 August 2018 – India’s Independence Day – that India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022. The announcement was made by Modi in what is his last Independence Day speech ahead of the general election to be held in early 2019. “India …

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Singapore’s AddValue Technologies To Provide Connectivity For Open Cosmos Constellation

Singapore’s AddValue Technologies has signed an agreement with New Space Earth observation satellite company Open Cosmos for the provision of AddValue’s Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS™) that will link the Open Cosmos constellation in orbit in real time. This partnership will provide continuous communication and “data-burst as-a-service” to constellation-based remote sensing …

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Japan’s Interstellar Technologies Developing Engine For Zero Launch Vehicle

Japanese New Space satellite launch company Interstellar Technologies Inc. is developing the main engine for its Zero launch vehicle and expects to complete that development this year, with the aim of conducting the first engine test in early 2019. This engine will power an orbital rocket designed to carry 100 …

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China’s OneSpace Technology Raises $44 Million In Series B Investment Round

Chinese New Space satellite launch company OneSpace Technology, China’s first private rocket producer, has raised a RMB300 million (U.S.$44 million) series B investment round that was led by CICC Jiatai Equity Funds, according to an official announcement made by the company. FinTrek Capital and existing investors in OneSpace Technology, including …

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UAE’s Yahsat Partners With Tanaza To Provide Wi-Fi Solution To Remote Areas

UAE’s Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered commercial satellite communications operator, has partnered with Tanaza to launch a new enterprise Wi-Fi solution for reliable service in remote areas, further helping to bridge the digital divide in many parts of the world. Through Yahsat’s subsidiary company YahClick, the YahClick Wi-Fi Enterprise Solution will …

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Iran’s Cyber Threat Increasing Says Accenture Report

U.S. cyber security company Accenture assesses that Iran is likely to carry out cyber-attacks against other Middle Eastern countries, as well as Europe and the United States, if it comes under extreme economic pressure. With a sclerotic economy and the recent imposition of tough U.S. sanctions following Washington’s withdrawal from …

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Spire Global To Use Arianespace’s Vega SLV For Lemur-2 Cubesat Launches

Spire Global, the New Space company that provides meteorological, maritime, and aviation awareness data from low-Earth orbit, has selected Arianespace’s Vega launch vehicle to loft its LEMUR-2 Cubesats. The multi-launch contract will cover a significant number of CubeSats to be launched on Vega as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission …

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UAE Space Agency Completes Space Investment Strategy For Emirati New Space Economy

The UAE Space Agency is wrapping its Space Investment Strategy that should provide the regulatory environment necessary to attract local and foreign investments into the Emirati commercial space sector, making the UAE a regional and hemispheric hub for New Space activity. Speaking in an interview with UAE newspaper, The Khaleej …

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