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Arianespace To Launch Thailand’s THEOS-2 And South Korea’s KOMPSAT-7 In 2021

Arianespace has announced that it will launch THEOS-II, the very-high-resolution Earth observation optical satellite for Thailand, and KOMPSAT-7 for the Korean Aerspace Research Institute (KARI), in two separate launches on the new Arianespace Vega-C launch vehicle in 2021. The THEOS-II launch agreement is part of a turnkey contract between Airbus …

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Space2030 – High Level Participants Come Together to Promote Space for Peace

An event, held alongside the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, engaged world leaders to highlight the importance of space as a “driver for peace and sustainable development on Earth, as a driver for innovative space diplomacy and as the New Frontier for Peace on Earth”. Space2030: Space as …

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Japan’s Ispace Signs Launch Deal With SpaceX For Lunar Missions

Japanese New Space exploration and space resources company Ispace has signed a launch agreement with SpaceX to launch their first privately-funded Lunar mission in 2020. The agreement was signed on 26 September 2018 and covers the launch of an Ispace probe that will orbit the Moon by a SpaceX Falcon-9 …

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ASX-Listed Sky And Space Global Sign MoU With Caribbean States For Narrowband SATCOM Applications

Sky and Space Global (SAS), the New Space narrowband satellite communications company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to explore how SAS’ communications service can be integrated into their respective national telecommunications infrastructure. Under …

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China Mulling New Launch Site Exclusively For Its Private Space Launch Industry

China’s government is considering building a commercial space launch centre for the country’s New Space private launch companies, a number of which will be attempting their first orbital flights by the end of 2018, according to a report by Andrew Jones in GBTimes. The Chinese government made the decision to …

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UAE Space Agency To Release National Investment Strategy In October 2018

The UAE Space Agency is preparing a comprehensive strategy for investing in the country’s space sector, in cooperation with relevant UAE federal and individual Emirate authorities, and which will be released in October 2018. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, the Director-General of the UAE Space Agency, said that the strategy will …

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Angola Using SATCOM Capacity Paid For By Russia As Compensation For AngoSat-1 Failure

Angola’s National Space Programme Management Office (GGPEN) has revealed that it is using capacity on third-party communications satellites paid for by Russia as part of a compensation package for the failure in orbit of AngoSat-1 four months after its launch in late 2017, according to a report in the French-language …

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Israel’s Spacecom Cancels AMOS-8 Satellite Order With Space Systems Loral

After the Israeli government’s decision to subsidize Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to build the AMOS-8 communications satellite, Spacecom has informed U.S. satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL) that it is cancelling its March 2018 contract for them to build the satellite. According to various media reports, Spacecom notified the Tel …

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Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 Successfully Launched By Arianespace

Azercosmos, the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, and Intelsat, one of the largest commercial satellite communications operators in the world, announced on 26 September 2018 the successful launch of the Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 communications satellite aboard an Arianespace Ariane-5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch …

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