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India’s GSAT-30 Successfully Launched For South Asian Connectivity Mission

India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours of 17 January 2020. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-251 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 2:35 am IST carrying India’s GSAT-30 and EUTELSAT KONNECT for Eutelsat, as scheduled. …

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Arianespace Kicks Off 2020 With Successful Launch Of India’s GSAT-30 And Eutelsat KONNECT

Arianespace opened its 2020 launch activity with a dual-satellite Ariane 5 mission from French Guiana that successfully placed EUTELSAT KONNECT and GSAT-30 into geostationary transfer orbit on 16 January 2020. Conducted from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch site, today’s mission delivered an estimated payload lift performance of 7,888 kg. EUTELSAT KONNECT …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: China-Pakistan Naval Drills: More Than Just Symbolism

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “China-Pakistan Naval Drills: More Than Just Symbolism”, originally published on 10 January 2020 in The Diplomat. Earlier in the week, the navies …

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Rocket Lab Expands Footprint With New Long Beach Headquarters And Production Complex

Rocket Lab, the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch, has announced it will open a new facility which will serve as its Corporate Headquarters, provide incremental production capacity, and bring Mission Control Center capabilities to Long Beach, California. Construction on Rocket Lab’s Long Beach Complex has begun, with the …

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France’s CNES Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With Chinese Academy of Sciences

As part of the official visit to China of Frédérique Vidal, the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Centre national d’etudes spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Bai Chunli, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), signed a framework agreement on space cooperation on 13 January 2020. …

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Satellogic Expected To Launch Two Satellites With China Great Wall On 15 January

Satellogic, the first company to develop a scalable earth observation platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, has announced the impending launch of two new Earth Observation satellites. China Great Wall Corporation (CGWIC) will deliver the spacecraft to Low Earth Orbit via a Long …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Adrian Zevenbergen and Skye Boag of European Space Imaging

European Space Imaging is a leading supplier of high-resolution satellite imagery to customers in Europe, North Africa and CIS. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Munich, Germany. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening had the chance to speak with Managing Director Adrian Zevenbergen at SpaceTechExpo Europe in Bremen about …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: India’s Self-Inflicted Foreign Policy Challenges in 2020

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “India’s Self-Inflicted Foreign Policy Challenges in 2020”, originally published on 4 January 2020 in The Diplomat. In my column for The Diplomat last week, India’s …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Is the Washington Consensus on US-India Relations Fraying?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Is the Washington Consensus on US-India Relations Fraying?”, originally published on 1 January 2020 in The Diplomat. In my first column for The …

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South Korea’s Chollian-2B Environmental Satellite To Launch In February 2020

South Korean environmental monitoring and oceanographic satellite Chollian-2B is expected to be launched on board an Arianespace Ariane-5 satellite launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre on 18 February 2020, according to the South Korean Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technology. Chollian-2B is fitted with two sensors, the Geostationary …

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