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Israel’s SpaceIL And IAI Complete Beresheet Lunar Lander; Launch Expected February 2019

Israeli not-for-profit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) completed the construction of the SpaceIL lunar lander and, in a ceremony at IAI facilities prior to being shipped to Cape Canaveral, placed a time capsule on board the spacecraft that will stay on the Moon indefinitely. The spacecraft, recently named Beresheet …

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Russia To Decommission Rokot SLV And Make Only One Launch From Vostochny in 2019

The last two launches of the Rokot satellite launch vehicle fitted with a Ukrainian-made control system will be carried out in 2019, after which the vehicle will be decommissioned, a source in the Russian space industry told Russian news outlet Sputnik on 18 December 2018. “In 2019, it is planned to …

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British Military Space: Warfare In Space Domain Part Of UK Modernising Defence Programme Review

In an announcement made to the British Parliament on 18 December 2018, UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson announced that a wide-ranging review of defence policy and capabilities that aims to prepare British armed forces for 21st Century warfare with peer powers is about to be concluded. Among …

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Singapore’s Astroscale Meets With GK Launch Services To Discuss ELSA-d Launch

GK Launch Services, a subsidiary of Glavkosmos, Lavochkin Association, and Astroscale Japan Inc. held a kick-off meeting in Moscow on 12 December 2018 under the agreement on launch services for the Astroscale End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) satellite. ELSA-d will be orbited within a Soyuz-2 cluster mission that is scheduled …

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Sweden’s Ovzon Selects SSL For First GEO Mobile Broadband Satellite

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, will build Ovzon’s first GEO satellite, Ovzon-3, that will significantly increase the performance and coverage area of its existing service. The company delivers an end-to-end mobile broadband solution that covers locations where traditional telecom services lack coverage or do not perform …

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Finland’s ICEYE Receives €10 Million Capital Loan From Business Finland To Initiate Internet Of Locations

ICEYE, the Finnish Earth observation company attempting to create the world’s largest synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation, announced on 14 December 2018 that it has received a €10 million capital loan from Business Finland that is meant for the orchestration of Growth Engines. Business Finland is the most important …

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UAE’s Yahsat And Hughes Launch Satellite Broadband Joint Venture

Following their announcement of a satellite broadband joint venture in September 2018, the UAE’s Yahsat and U.S. company Hughes Network Systems have officially launched the JV – called YahClick (powered by Hughes) – across the Middle East, Africa, and Southwest Asia with immediate effect. This joint venture will provide greater …

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Japanese New Space: Axelspace To Launch GRUS-1 By End Of 2018; Partners With JSAT & KSAT For Ground Infrastructure

Axelspace has announced that the launch of the GRUS-1 satellite is scheduled for 27 December 2018, the first satellite of a future constellation. SKY Perfect JSAT and KSAT will in partnership provide ground station services for GRUS satellite by using SKY Perfect JSAT’s owned and operated ground station at the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Role Of Satellites In Future Smart Cities – The Case of Thailand

By James Yenbamroong The rapid growth of people migrating to cities to live, study or work is set to continue. According to the United Nations, more than half of today’s 7.5 billion world population live in cities. By 2050, about 70% of the world’s 9.8 billion population will settle in …

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China And France’s CNES Discuss Climate Science And Space Cooperation

The President of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), the French national space agency, spoke with Chinese counterparts on 10 December 2018 about Sino-French cooperation in space-based climate change monitoring, oceanography, environmental monitoring, space exploration, and space science. Jean-Yves Le Gall addressed the preparatory meeting of the French-Chinese joint science …

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