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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: India Destroys Its Own Satellite With A Test Missile, Still Says Space Is For Peace

By Bin Li On March 27, India announced it had successfully conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, called “Mission Shakti”. After the United States, Russia and China, India is now the fourth country in the world to have demonstrated this capability. The destroyed satellite was one of India’s own. But …

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ESA Becomes CubeSat Central For Smaller Space Missions From Europe

The European Space Agency (ESA) has set up a dedicated unit to work on the standardised nanosatellites called ‘CubeSats’, teaming up with European companies to develop low-cost technology-testing missions. Missions in preparation include a double CubeSat to test rendezvous and docking techniques, and one to explore near-Earth asteroids. A fast-growing …

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Tunisia’s Telnet To Launch Challenge One Satellite With GK Launch Services

Tunisia’s Telnet Group and Russian commercial launch provider GK Launch Services signed a contract on 1 April 2019 for the launch of the Challenge One satellite on board a Russian Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle integrated with the Fregat upper stage in 2020. The signing ceremony was chaired by Mr. Mohamed Frikha, …

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Switzerland’s Astrocast Has Second IoT Test Nanosatellite Successfully Launched By ISRO

Swiss New Space company Astrocast had its second satellite launched and deployed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (Mission PSLV-C45) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 1 April 2019.  On this second mission Astrocast will focus on a set of propulsion technologies …

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Indonesia’s iForte To Lease Capacity On Telesat’s Telstar-18 High Throughput Satellite

Telesat announced on 2 April 2019 that PT iForte Solusi Infotek (iForte), a leading provider of USO (Universal Service Obligation) VSAT services in Indonesia, has signed major contracts for Ku-band HTS and C-band capacity on Telesat’s new Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite. The contracts result from iForte’s recent selection by Indonesia’s …

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India’s ISRO Successfully Lofts PSLV-C45 With EMISAT And 28 Rideshare Satellites

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C45) successfully launched EMISAT and 28 international customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota. This flight marked the first mission of PSLV-QL, a new variant of PSLV with four strap-on motors. PSLV-C45 lifted off at 9:27 Hrs (IST) on 1 April …

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Luxembourg’s Kleos Space Partners With ImageSat To Provide Value-Added Maritime Domain Awareness Services

Kleos Space S.A., the space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data provider, has signed a collaborative, non-binding, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading Israeli-based end-to-end geospatial intelligence company ImageSat International N.V. (iSi) to explore opportunities to use Kleos’ maritime RF activity-based satellite data to enhance geospatial intelligence analytics. Under the MoU, the …

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Israel’s Gilat Selected By TIM Brasil To Provide Satellite Backhaul For 4G IoT

TIM Brasil, a leading mobile operator with the largest 4G coverage in Brazil, and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that TIM Brasil selected Gilat’s satellite backhaul solution to enable 4G services to unserved areas, such as highways and small …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches DARPA’s R3D2 Satellite From New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula at 23:27, 28 March 2019 UTC (12:27, 29 March NZDT). The mission launched a prototype reflect array antenna to orbit for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). “Congratulations to our dedicated …

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European Space Agency And NASA Partner For Lunar Science

ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, and Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, signed a Statement of Intent to coordinate joint science research about the Moon and identify opportunities for lunar mission cooperation. Signed during the National Academies’ Space Science Week in Washington DC, …

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