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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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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Britain has officially withdrawn from the European Union’s (EU) Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) because of fears that the UK will have no influence over the technological and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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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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India Successfully Launches PSLV-C43 With HysIS EO Satellite And 30 Nanosats From Eight Countries

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV-C43 lifted off at 0957 hrs (IST) on 29 November 2018 from the First Launch Pad (FLP) at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, and successfully launched India’s Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) and 30 international co-passenger satellites. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) …

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Azerbaijan And Australia Reportedly In Space Talks

Azerbaijan and Australia are reportedly in ongoing discussions regarding collaborative satellite projects, according to a report from Trend News Agency, an Azerbaijani news outlet. According to the report, Azerbaijan and Australia are in economic and technology cooperation talks on mining, information technologies, and aerospace industry. The president of the Azerbaijan …

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Arianespace To Launch ISRO’s GSAT-11 And KARI’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A In December 2018

Arianespace will carry out a Launch Readiness Review (LRR) at the Guiana Space Centre on 3 December 2018 of the Ariane 5 satellite launch vehicle that will loft the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-11 communications satellite and the Korean Aerospace Research Institute’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A meteorological satellite, and so authorize the …

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Amazon Web Services Introduces Ground Station As-A-Service Concept

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a pioneer in cloud computing that has revolutionized entire economic sectors around the world, has entered the space and satellite market with the introduction of its Ground Station concept that is, in essence, a ground station as-a-service product for the global market. The AWS Ground Station …

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