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2018 to be Active Year for Pakistani Space, With Chinese Help

Often cast in the shadow of the space activities of its Indian neighbour, Pakistan's space programme is all-too-often ignored. 2018, however, may be the year that Islamabad's space ambitions pass some critical milestones, albeit with help from its other neighbour, China.

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Simon Gwozdz of Equatorial Space Industries

Last week, SpaceWatch Global attended the Satellite 2018 event held in Washington, D.C. and one of the features of the event that also ran last year, was ‘Startup Space’, a competition that sees 20 Newspace new entrants, given 5 minutes to pitch their business to a panel of highly accomplished space professionals, investors, thought leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs. During the day-long event, I came across Equatorial Space Industries, which is developing the Volans launcher, capable of delivering 35-70Kg of payload for under $1m. This team of 15, based in Singapore, are looking to change the economics of getting small satellites to space and to providing much-needed dedicated launches to a small satellite market in need.

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Japanese Government to Support NewSpace Sector, Policy Review for Lunar Property Rights Unlikely

Japan has announced a significant commitment to developing its NewSpace sector, offering nearly U.S.$1 billion of support, according to a report in Japan’s Nikkei Asian Review. Japanese news outlet the Nikkei Asian Review also claims that the Japanese government is considering amending its space policy and legislation to allow Japanese companies to exploit space resources on the Moon, which would be similar to policy initiatives made by Luxembourg and the United States.

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India and EU Sign Copernicus Remote Sensing Data Exchange Agreement

The European Union and India signed a cooperation arrangement agreement Monday forging significant earth observation links to combat climate change and provide environmental security. "The European Commission and India's Department of Space (DoS), have decided to sign an arrangement with the aim to strengthen and stimulate cooperation on Earth observation and mutual access to the data from the EU's sentinel series of satellites and from the Indian earth observation satellites," the statement said.

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Thailand’s mu Space Partners With SES and Hughes to Deliver Rural Satellite Broadband

mu Space Corp, the Thai NewSpace satellite communications company, will begin offering affordable satellite connectivity to rural Thailand, furthering the Thailand 4.0 economic transformation initiative. mu Space will use SES Networks’ satellite capacity and the JUPITER System from Hughes Networks Systems to deliver this connectivity. Only 12% of the country’s …

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Thailand’s mu Space to Use Blue Origin’s New Glenn for GEO Satellite Launch

Thailand’s mu Space Corp confirmed on 12 March, 2018, at the Satellite 2018 conference that they will launch a geostationary satellite aboard Blue Origin’s New Glenn orbital rocket. The launch window starts in late 2020. Commenting on the announcement, mu Space founder and Chief Executive Officer James Yenbamroong said, “mu …

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Chinese Counterspace and the Return of Great Power Geopolitics: Implications and Suggested Strategic Responses for India

How should India approach Chinese efforts to develop antisatellite (ASAT) weapons and its ambition to establish space superiority? In a talk given to the Observer Research Foundation’s Space Security conference in New Delhi on 16 February, 2018, ThorGroup’s Dr. John B. Sheldon offers a few suggestions. For those who have just …

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India and France Sign Wide-Ranging Joint Vision for Space Cooperation

India and France have announced a broad and strategic space cooperation agreement to guide their developing bilateral strategic partnership. This Joint Vision for Space Cooperation includes both existing and new joint mechanisms, with inter-agency representation led by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the French National Space Agency (CNES) respectively. The progress and outcomes will be reported to the bilateral Indo-French Strategic Dialogue for review and assessment.

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India, France to Cooperate on Space-Based Maritime Domain Awareness in Indian Ocean, Other Space Activities

France and India have agreed to cooperate on space-based maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean. This decision to increase cooperation is seen as a geopolitical countermove to what many Indian analysts believe are increasing attempts by China to gain superiority in the Indian Ocean. France and India will now …

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