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New SPOT X Satellite Messenger Launches in EMENA, featuring Bluetooth® and Enhanced User Experience

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc., and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today announced the launch of SPOT X two-way satellite messenger with Bluetooth in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. This new model allows users to connect SPOT X to …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Completes 10th Mission, Demonstrates Booster Reusability

Rocket Lab, a commercial space launch company, successfully completed its 10th launch on 6 December 2019 from its launch complex in New Zealand, placing seven small satellites in orbit as well as returning its Electron booster back to Earth. As well as being its tenth consecutive successful launch, Rocket Lab’s …

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Egypt’s Nilesat Taps Thales Alenia Space To Built Nilesat 301 COMSAT

Thales Alenia Space, a Joint Venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced on 4 December 2019 that it has signed a contract with the Egyptian operator Nilesat to build the Nilesat-301 geostationary communications satellite, winning the contract against an international field of competitors. Positioned at 7° West, Nilesat-301 will …

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Universidad del Valle de Guatemala is ready to deploy Guatemala’s first satellite under UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE Programme

The team from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala have completed the development of their first satellite under the KiboCUBE programme run by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The winners of the second round of the programme handed over the …

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Kacific Secures $160 Million In Long-Term Credit Facilities

As it readies for its first satellite launch next week, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) announced on 6 December 2019 that it has closed credit facilities totalling U.S.$160 million with a group of financial institutions including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GuarantCo. The financing from ADB comprises a loan …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Satellites for Nations: The Dawn of a New Era – The Key to New Markets?

By Blaine Curcio As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Blaine Curcio, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ‘Satellites for Nations: The Dawn of a New Era – The Key to New Markets?’, originally published at WestEastSpace.com on 24 November 2019. For decades, …

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Denmark Proposes Space-Based Maritime Domain Awareness For The Arctic

The Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, has said that Denmark intends to strengthen its surveillance capabilities over the Arctic Sea and airspace – to include space-based Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) – in response to Russia’s growing and expanded presence there. “We see increasing Russian presence around the Arctic,” Frederiksen said …

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Asian Development Bank Gives $50M Financing To Kacific

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $50 million financing package on 2 December 2019 with Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) to provide satellite-based, low cost, high-speed, wholesale broadband internet connections to countries in Asia and the Pacific, especially in remote areas of small island nations in the Pacific, …

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Australian Space Agency And Thales Sign Space Industry Development Agreement

On 3 December 2019 the Australian Space Agency (ASA) signed with French aerospace giant Thales Group an agreement to develop Australian space capabilities. The agreement with the ASA will see Thales provide its know-how and expertise in developing satellite systems. Thales already has a large presence in Australia, providing a …

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