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South Africa’s ZACUBE-2 Cubesat, Built With French Assistance, To Be Shipped to India for Launch

South Africa’s Minister for Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, was joined by France’s ambassador to South Africa, Christophe Farnaud, at a ceremony held on 17 April 2018 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) for the send-off the ZACUBE-2 Cubesat to India from where it will be launched later …

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Earth-i releases its first full-colour video of Earth taken from space by VividX2

Earth-i has released the first video taken by VividX2, the technology prototype for its Vivid-i constellation. Launched on 12 January 2018, VividX2 is the world’s first commercial satellite able to provide full-colour video of life on Earth. Weighing 100kg and measuring approximately 1 cubic metre, VividX2 is orbiting at 505km …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Insight – Global Proliferation of Counterspace Capabilities and Space Sustainability

SpaceWatch.Global is a proud partner of the Secure World Foundation, and a greateful recipient of SWF support. The SWF published a new report on 11 April 2018 titled Global Counterspace Capabilities: An Open Source Assessment that provides an exhaustive, comprehensive, incisive, and useful open source guide to global counterspace capabilities and developments, as …

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Nigeria’s Vodacom Business Taps Intelsat to Provide Satellite Broadband In West Africa

Intelsat, the world’s largest satellite communications provider, has signed a deal with Vodacom Business Nigeria to help bridge the digital divide throughout West Africa, expanding its enterprise broadband networks and enabling new and enhanced services throughout the region. Under a new multi-year agreement, Vodacom Business Nigeria will utilise the satellite …

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U.S. Africa Command Awards SES-O3B Satellite Communications Contract

The U.S. military’s Africa Command (USAFRICOM) has contracted with SES-owned O3B to provide commercial satellite communications to better support its widespread operations across the African continent. SES Government Solutions will provide USAFRICOM with high throughput, low-latency managed satellite communications services in the areas of their operations. It is described as …

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Rwanda Considers Building Cubesat; Mulls Proposing Regional Satellite Cooperation

Patrick Nyirishema, the Director-General of the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), told a workshop on space regulations in Kigali – the capital city of Rwanda – that the small African country is looking at developing its own small communications satellite, and is also mulling the possibility of proposing a regional …

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Kenya’s First Satellite in Orbit, But Still No Space Agency

Kenya’s first indigenously-built satellite was launched by a SpaceX Falcon-9 space launch vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS) on 2 April 2018 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite, called First Kenya University Nano Satellite-Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF) was built by a team from the University of Nairobi, with technical assistance …

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Nigeria’s NigComSat to Receive $550 Million Investment From China Great Wall Industry Corporation

The Nigeria Communications Ltd. (NigComSat) company, the operator of the NIGCOMSAT-1R communications satellite, is set to receive U.S.$550 million equity investment from the satellite’s manufacturer, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), the Nigerian Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu told Nigerian newspaper Punch on 2 April 2018. The proposed deal follows …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Andrei Rebrov of Precious Payload

Precious Payload, the brain child of Andrey Maskimov and Andrei Rebrov, is aiming to transform the way in which small satellite operators secure their launches. As we heard at Satellite 2018 this year, small satellites are being hit by a launch bottleneck and are mostly reduced to piggybacking on larger …

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Nigeria’s NigComSat in Talks With Türksat to Jointly Develop Markets in Africa

Struggling NigComSat is looking to Türksat to develop its satellite communications market in Africa. The Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd, NigComSat, has been talking with Turkish satellite operator, Türksat A.S., about the possibility of expanding their market across various industries to deepen services at more affordable rates. NigComSat and Türksat were …

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