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New Space Moon Race: NASA Taps Nine U.S. Companies For Commercial Lunar Payload Services

Nine U.S. companies are nows eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and eventually Mars. These companies will be able to bid on …

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Morgan Stanley Forecasts Space As A Trillion-Dollar Industry By 2040

It’s been nearly half a century since humans left footprints on the moon and during that time human space exploration has largely centered on manned low-Earth orbit missions and unmanned scientific exploration. But now, high levels of private funding, advances in technology, and growing public-sector interest is renewing the call …

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Russian Military Space: Rokot Launches Three Strela-3M Communications Satellites

The Russian military successfully launched three Strela-3M communications satellites on 30 November 2018 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northwest Russia, according to reports from TASS, the Russian state news agency. “On Friday, November 30, at 5:27 Moscow time, an operational crew of the Space Troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Dr. Scott Pace Of The U.S. National Space Council, Part II

The United States National Space Council was re-established by President Donald J. Trump in 2017 after ceasing operations in 1993. The Council works to develop a strategy for national space activities and also to foster co-operation with other countries and space agencies in order to advance the U.S. space agenda …

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Brexit Lost In Orbit: UK Officially Withdraws From Galileo; UK Space Minister Resigns

Britain has officially withdrawn from the European Union’s (EU) Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) because of fears that the UK will have no influence over the technological and policy direction of the satellite project after the country leaves the EU early in 2019. The decision reflects one of the …

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UAE’s Yahsat Starts Satellite Broadband Service In Brazil

Yahsat, the UAE’s leading commercua satellite communications operator, officially launched its Ka-band satellite broadband service in Brazil in November 2018. The arrival of Yahsat in Brazil will assist in addressing the country’s shortage of reliable Internet connectivity that traditionally relies on terrestrial Internet connectivity. Yahsat’s presence in Brazil across 234 …

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Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa Launches Satellite Broadband In Democratic Republic Of Congo

Konnect Africa, an initiative of the satellite operator Eutelsat dedicated to satellite broadband on the African continent, announced on 28 November 2018 the launch of its Internet access offers throughout the Congolese territory. The ICT Development Index published annually by the International Telecommunication Union to date shows that less than …

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China’s New Space Race: LinkSure Announces 272-Satellite WiFi Swarm Constellation System

China’s leading WiFi Internet sharing company, LinkSure announced that it will build its LinkSure Satellite Network Project comprising the LinkSure Swarm Constellation System, and said that the company’s first satellite, LinkSure-1, is to be launched in 2019. The LinkSure Swarm Constellation System, independently developed by LinkSure Network aims to provide …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Dr. Scott Pace Of The U.S. National Space Council, Part I

The United States National Space Council was re-established by President Donald J. Trump in 2017 after ceasing operations in 1993. The Council works to develop a strategy for national space activities and also to foster co-operation with other countries and space agencies in order to advance the U.S. space agenda …

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UK’s Surrey Satellite Announces DoT-4 Lunar Comms Mission For 2021

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) announced on 26 November 2018 that it is designing a low cost 35 kilogram lunar communications satellite mission called DoT-4, targeted for a 2021 launch. DoT-4 will provide the communications relay back to Earth using the Goonhilly Deep Space Network, and will link up with …

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