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China Partners Egypt and Bahrain Towards Chang’e-7 Mission

China

China has signed a cooperation agreement with the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA), Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency, and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics towards its upcoming Chang'e 7 lunar mission. The parties signed a Scientific and Technical Cooperation Contract for the joint development of a Hyperspectral Imager of the Lunar Surface Material on Chang'e-7. The camera will subsequently image and analyze lunar surface materials from orbit, including the moon’s polar regions. 

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Space in Africa Releases its 2024 African Space Budget Report

Space in Africa

Space in Africa has released its 2024 African Space Budget Analysis Report. The analysis showed that in 2024, African nations budgeted USD 465.34 million for their space programs, a 27.86% decrease from 2023's revised allocation of USD 643.13 million. The Report aggregates annual budgets by African governments for space programs and explores the factors influencing budgetary decisions, including technological priorities and national strategic objectives.

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Kenya and Microsoft Partner for Improved Climate Resilience

Microsoft Corp. and G42 have announced a comprehensive package of digital investments in Kenya, as part of an initiative with Kenya’s Ministry of Information, Communications and the Digital Economy. As part of this initiative, the Kenya Space Agency, Kenya Red Cross Society, and the National Disaster Management Unit are collaborating with Microsoft's AI for Good Lab to improve climate resilience by applying AI models to high-resolution satellite data for disaster preparedness and disaster response. 

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Avanti Communications launches LEO services in South Africa

Avanti Communications

Avanti Communications has announced the launch of Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity services in South Africa, partnering with Q-KON to deliver seamless LEO connectivity from Eutelsat OneWeb. The new deal aims to improve business operations nationwide in what is a unique and challenging connectivity environment. Furthermore, it significantly bolsters Avanti’s multi-orbit solution and means the company can now offer a combination of LEO and GEO services effective immediately.

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RIIS Appointed as Interim Host of DEA Program Management Office

RIIS / DE Africa

The Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS) has become the interim host for the pan-African Digital Earth Africa Program Management Office, a free platform providing satellite imagery and products specific to the African continent. Digital Earth Africa is on track to improve the lives of African people and support decision-makers across the continent to assess, plan, and protect their countries from the potential impacts of climate change.

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Omnispace and MTN Partner on Satellite IoT and 5G NTN Services

Omnispace

Omnispace has announced a collaboration with MTN, which will explore the use of S-band for satellite services to expand MTN's portfolio of wireless services in their markets. This initiative underscores Omnispace and MTN's joint commitment to developing cost-effective global connectivity solutions beyond existing cellular, land-based networks

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Simera Sense Secures Series A Funding to Expand Production Capacity

Simera Sense, a provider of end-to-end optical solutions for the small satellite Earth observation industry, has raised €13.5 million in its first growth investment round. The company, which offers a diverse array of ‘off-the-shelf’ high-resolution cameras ready for use by clients across the global small satellite industry, supplies solutions to global customers in the Earth observation data and service market.

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Rwanda Space Agency and POLSA Strengthen Partnership Ties

Rwanda Space Agency (RSA) and the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance partnership opportunities, marking a significant milestone in bilateral collaboration between Rwanda and Poland in space technology. Rwanda and Poland share robust bilateral ties, demonstrated by a state visit by Polish President Andrzej Duda this month to Kigali, Rwanda's capital city.

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Egypt Launches NexSat-1 Satellite From China

The Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA) has launched its NexSat-1 satellite into orbit aboard Jielong-3 (Smart Dragon-3), China’s small orbital launch vehicle and has subsequently established communications with the satellite. The microsatellite weighs 67 kilograms, and it features a panchromatic imaging payload with 5.7 meters of ground resolution

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