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China Private Space: LandSpace Successfully Tests Oxygen-Methane Engine

TQ 12 Engine, courtesy LandSpace

Private Chinese company, LandSpace, has successfully tested an oxygen-methane engine. Called TQ-12, the 80-tonne thrust engine completed the 20-second test and has the third highest thrust level in comparison with the same engine type, in the world. Using gas that is readily available, the engine is low cost and also …

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Myanmar Government And Japan’s Hokkaido University Discuss Building Earth Observation Satellite

Representatives of Japan’s Hokkaido University recently visited Myanmar to discuss the possibility of building a small Earth observation satellite with counterparts at the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University, according to an English-language report in the Myanmar press. If approved, the Earth observation satellite project is likely to begin in the 2019-2020 …

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Finland’s ICEYE Partners With APSI To Provide SAR Satellite Imagery To South Korean Market

Asia Pacific Satellite Inc. (APSI), and ICEYE, the global leader in small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, announced on 15 May 2019 that the organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding about working together to support the South Korean New Space market. As a part of the agreement, APSI will …

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Japanese Military Space: MoD To Allocate 100 Personnel For Space Domain Mission Unit By FY2022; Seeks Replacement For Lost WorldView-4

Japan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed that it will assign 100 military personnel to its Space Domain Mission Unit that is expected to be stood up by Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and will based at the Fuchu Air Base, operated by the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF), west of …

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SES Networks And PNG DataCo Restore Connectivity To Earthquake-Stricken Papua New Guinea

Mobile networks and broadband Internet access for corporate and consumer customers operated by PNG DataCo have been restored by SES Networks following a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck near the town of Bulolo, Papua New Guinea in the early morning hours of 7 May 2019, SES announced today. Connectivity for DataCo …

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Rocket Lab Announces Spaceflight Rideshare Launch From New Zealand

Rocket Lab announced on 10 May 2019 that its next flight will launch multiple spacecraft on a mission procured by satellite rideshare and mission management provider, Spaceflight. The launch window will open in June, with launch taking place from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula. The …

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ESPI Brief 28: China is One Step Closer to the Moon… and Europe?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 28: ‘China is One Step Closer to the Moon… and Europe?’, originally published in January 2019. 1. Chang’e-4: A New Step Towards a …

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Sky And Space Global Announces New Pre-Launch Customer Agreements; Pivots To Global Coverage Constellation

Sky and Space Global Ltd. (SAS) has announced that seven new potential revenue opportunities have been put in place since the Company announced, on 9 April 2019, its plans to progress a Global Coverage constellation for the growing demand in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) sectors. Commenting …

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Hughes India And Airtel Announce New Satellite Venture For Enterprise And Government Services

Hughes Communications India Ltd, (HCIL), a majority-owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the world’s leading provider of  broadband satellite networks and services, and Bharti Airtel Limited (Airtel), India’s leading telecommunications services provider, announced on 7 May 2019 an agreement to combine their Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) operations …

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