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Indian Government Aims To Build LEO And MEO Satellite Communications Constellation

The Indian government is considering building a constellation of communications satellite is low-Earth and Medium-Earth orbits (LEO and MEO) in order to provide improved connectivity across the country with reduced latency, as the South Asian country seeks to be the latest entity to build a large constellation of satellites, albeit …

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U.S. Warns Of Consequences As Iran Prepares To Launch Satellites

As Iran makes preparation to launch three satellites using Iranian launch vehicles, the United States has warned Tehran not to conduct the launches and condemned the Iranian space programme as a deceptive measure that in reality is designed to help build long-range ballistic missiles. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …

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ASX-Listed Sky And Space Global Misses Payments To GomSpace For Pearls CubeSats

Danish CubeSat manufacturer has apparently slow-rolled manufacturing of 200 Pearl CubeSats for the Australian Stock Exchange-listed New Space company Sky and Space Global after two payments thought to be worth U.S.$2.3 million have been missed, according to a report in Space News. The total contract between GomSpace and Sky and …

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Israel’s Ben Gurion University Develop Nanosatellite Imagery Technology

Ben-Gurion University (BGU) researchers in Israel have developed a new satellite imaging system that could revolutionize the economics and imagery available from space-based cameras and even Earth-based telescopes. “This is an invention that completely changes the costs of space exploration, astronomy, aerial photography, and more,” says Angika Bulbul, a BGU …

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Ethiopia’s Ethio Telecom May Acquire Communications Satellite

Ethiopia’s state-owned telecommunications provider, Ethio Telecom, is considering acquiring a communications satellite in order to provide connectivity to rural Ethiopia as well as to economic sectors in the northeast African country that will benefit from telecommunications infrastructure, such as agriculture and mining, according to a news story published in Ethiopian …

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UAE’s Sharjah University Signs Agreement With Kazakh Company For Satellite Imagery

WAM: The University of Sharjah signed a cooperation agreement with Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary Company to share space technology and systems located in Astana, Kazakhstan. It is one of the largest national companies in Kazakhstan specializing in Earth remote sensing. The aim of the agreement is to cooperate in research and …

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Chinese New Space: LandSpace Opens Huzhou Rocket Production Facility

China’s first private satellite launch vehicle production facility has begun operations in the city of Huzhou, located in east China’s Zhejiang Province, according to the privately-owned and  Beijing-based launch vehicle manufacturer LandSpace. The company told China’s Xinhua News Agency on 28 December 2018 that their production facility, that includes a …

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Indian Parliament Likely To Introduce Commercial Space Bill In 2019

The Indian government is likely to introduce the 2017 Space Activities Bill, which will allow the commercial use of space in India, in the 2019 budget session, according to a report in the Hindustan Times. “Steps are being taken …. So that the Bill could be possibly introduced during the …

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Iran Claims To Have SSA Radar Capable Of Detecting Satellites In LEO

The deputy commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, announced on 29 December 2018 that Iranian experts have successfully built radars capable of monitoring satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), according Iranian news reporting. Addressing a conference at the Supreme National Defence University in Tehran, Brigadier …

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Indian Human Spaceflight: Gaganyaan Mission In 2022 To Orbit Three Astronauts, Cost $1.4 Billion

The Indian government announced on 28 December 2018 that its Gaganyaan human spaceflight mission expected to take place in 2022 will consist of three crew members, last for five to seven days in orbit, and is budgeted for the equivalent of U.S.$1.43 billion, according to Indian media reports. Announced in …

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