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New Zealand Startup ZENNO Astronautics Blazes Path For Kiwi New Space

New Zealand startup ZENNO Astronautics, a satellite propulsion and software company founded by three students at the University of Auckland, has won a NZ$25,000 (U.S.$16,240) share of a NZ$100,000 (U.S.$64,950) total prize fund of the university’s 2018 Velocity Challenge. ZENNO Astronautics was founded in 2017 with the aim of developing …

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China’s New Space Race: Spacety To Deliver Four Payloads On Long March 2C On 29 October

Spacety, a Chinese small satellite startup, is set to launch four CubeSats for a range of clients on a Long March 2C launch vehicle on Monday, 29 October 2018, according to GBTimes’Andrew Jones. The four satellites were delivered from Spacety’s facility to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre during the first …

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Intelsat And Q-KON To Offer Satellite Broadband Internet In Africa

Intelsat S.A. and Q-KON have announced that Q-KON will introduce new, multiple high-speed broadband services powered by the IntelsatOne Flex for Enterprise platform. Combining a cloud-based management platform with Intelsat’s global satellite and terrestrial networks, the IntelsatOne Flex platform will enable Q-KON to rapidly deploy high-quality broadband that enables new …

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Pakistan To Send Astronaut Into Orbit By 2022 With Chinese Help

Pakistan announced on 25 October 2018 that it will send an astronaut into orbit by 2022 with the help of China, weeks after its arch-geopolitical rival India announced the start of its own human spaceflight programme, Gaganyaan, in cooperation with Russia, France, and other countries. The announcement was made by …

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UK’s Goonhilly Earth Station Opens Consultancy, Engineering, And Manufacturing Office

The UK’s Goonhilly Earth Station has opened an office in Farnborough, UK, as part of its expansion plans to offer consultancy, design, engineering, and small-scale manufacturing services to the global space and satellite sector. The new facility, located at the Cody Technology Park in Farnborough, Hampshire, provides Goonhilly with room …

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Israel’s Gilat And Global Eagle Use Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO SATCOM For Inflight Connectivity Demonstration

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. has announced its key role in the first-ever demonstration of an in-flight aircraft communicating at broadband speeds with a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite system. This industry milestone was achieved using Global Eagle’s “Albatross One” test aircraft with Gilat’s aero modem and Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO …

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Vietnam’s MicroDragon Launches By End Of 2018, To Chair CEOS For 2019

Vietnam is set to have its MicroDragon Earth observation satellite launched from Japan in December 2018, while it also prepares to take the chair of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) in January 2019, further cementing Vietnam’s status as a major space power in Southeast Asia. The launch of …

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Singapore’s Global Invacom Suspends Trading Amid Acquisition Talks

Satellite communications equipment provider Global Invacom Group called for trading in its shares to be suspended on Tuesday, 23 October 2018, before the Singaporean stock market opened, revealing that its negotiations regarding a possible reverse acquisition are taking longer than expected. Global Invacom had called for a trading halt before …

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Indonesia Announces Multifunctional Satellite Project Tender, Winner To Be Selected By End 2018

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has launched the tender for its Multifunctional Satellite Project at the Creative & Innovative Financing Forum held in Bali, Indonesia, according to a report in SpaceTech Asia. Kominfo also announced that the winners of the satellite tender will be announced at the …

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Israeli Government Comptroller Says Israel Space Agency Underfunded, Vulnerable To National Security Failings

Israel’s civilian space programme is in crisis due to chronic underfunding and the continuous outsourcing of satellite communications acquisitions to foreign satellite manufacturers, according to the annual report of the Israeli State Comptroller. In the report, released on 22 October 2018, the State Comptroller Joseph Shapira wrote that, as of July …

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