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Rocket Lab Successfully Completes 10th Mission, Demonstrates Booster Reusability

Rocket Lab, a commercial space launch company, successfully completed its 10th launch on 6 December 2019 from its launch complex in New Zealand, placing seven small satellites in orbit as well as returning its Electron booster back to Earth. As well as being its tenth consecutive successful launch, Rocket Lab’s …

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Universidad del Valle de Guatemala is ready to deploy Guatemala’s first satellite under UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE Programme

The team from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala have completed the development of their first satellite under the KiboCUBE programme run by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The winners of the second round of the programme handed over the …

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Kacific Secures $160 Million In Long-Term Credit Facilities

As it readies for its first satellite launch next week, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) announced on 6 December 2019 that it has closed credit facilities totalling U.S.$160 million with a group of financial institutions including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GuarantCo. The financing from ADB comprises a loan …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Satellites for Nations: The Dawn of a New Era – The Key to New Markets?

By Blaine Curcio As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Blaine Curcio, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ‘Satellites for Nations: The Dawn of a New Era – The Key to New Markets?’, originally published at WestEastSpace.com on 24 November 2019. For decades, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: India’s Human Spaceflight Programme

by Gurbir Singh On India’s independence day, 15th August 2018, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi announced that by 2022, “some of our young boys and girls will unfurl the Tricolour in space”. This formal political decision and government approval in December 2018 of an additional budget of ₹100 billion (US$1.5 billion) finally …

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Asian Development Bank Gives $50M Financing To Kacific

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $50 million financing package on 2 December 2019 with Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) to provide satellite-based, low cost, high-speed, wholesale broadband internet connections to countries in Asia and the Pacific, especially in remote areas of small island nations in the Pacific, …

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Australian Space Agency And Thales Sign Space Industry Development Agreement

On 3 December 2019 the Australian Space Agency (ASA) signed with French aerospace giant Thales Group an agreement to develop Australian space capabilities. The agreement with the ASA will see Thales provide its know-how and expertise in developing satellite systems. Thales already has a large presence in Australia, providing a …

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Kacific And Tata Communications Ink Global IP Connectivity And Cyber Security Deal

Kacific has selected Tata Communications, a leading global digital infrastructure provider, to provide terrestrial connectivity services as it readies for the launch of its first satellite, Kacific1. Tata Communications will provide global internet and state-of-the-art cyber security services for Kacific’s Ka-band satellite network. “Kacific chose to enter into this arrangement …

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Australian Space Agency Signs Cooperation Agreement With EOS Space Systems For Laser SSA Development

The Australian Space Agency has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with EOS Space Systems, an Australian company specialising in space tracking systems. Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency said that the joint statement aligns with the Australian Civil Space Strategy, which sets out a …

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The Satellite Industry Welcomes WRC-19 Decisions

The Global Satellite Coalition (GSC), a group of seven trade associations representing the global satellite eco-system, has welcomed the decisions taken at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), Sharm-el-Sheikh, which allow satellite services to continue to bridge digital, education, health and social divides and connect more and more citizens …

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