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#SpaceWatchGL Themes: ESPI Brief 31 – India’s ASAT Test Amidst Global Ambiguity

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. 31: ‘India’s ASAT Test Amidst Global Ambiguity’, originally published in April 2019. 1. Overview On March 27th, 2019, the Indian Ministry of …

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Speedcast Wins Multi-Year Contract with Sasol for Fully-Managed Communications Solutions and IT Support in Mozambique

Speedcast has that the company has been awarded a new multi-year contract to provide communications and onsite IT support services at four operations camps for Sasol’s oil & gas exploration and well delivery camps operating in Mozambique. This contract marks Speedcast’s first project for this South African-based customer and the …

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ispace Selected by European Space Agency to Support Lunar Mission

ESA PROSPECT Project

ispace Europe has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to be part of the Science Team for PROSPECT, a programme which seeks to extract water on the Moon. PROSPECT — which stands for Package for Resource Observation and in-Situ Prospecting for Exploration, Commercial exploitation and Transportation — is a payload package being developed by ESA …

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Japanese Space Industry Startup Synspective Raises US $100 Million in Funding

StriX-α, demonstration satellite, courtesy Synspective

Synspective, a Japanese startup which provides satellite data solutions using small-sized SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellites, has accumulated $100 million USD in funding since its foundation in February 2018. Raising that amount in less than 17 months makes Synspective the world’s fastest and Japan’s second-highest funded space startup. The investment will …

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GSLV MkIII-M1 Successfully Launches Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV MkIII-M1, successfully launched the 3840 kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an earth orbit on July 22nd. Today’s flight marks the first operational flight of the GSLV Mk III. After a smooth countdown lasting 20 hours, GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle majestically lifted off from the Second Launch …

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Rocket Lab Celebrates 100th Rutherford Engine Build

Rocket Lab is celebrating completion of the company’s 100th Rutherford engine. Rocket Lab began development on the world’s first 3D printed, electric turbo-pump fed engine in 2013. Within the same year, Rutherford was test fired for the first time, marking the beginning of a new generation in rocket propulsion. Today, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Renata Dwan of United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research

As the debate about arms in space rages on and becomes more of a concern for countries all over the world, the importance of discussion within the international community becomes even more critical. In this interview, Renata Dwan, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), gives us …

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Equatorial Space Industries joins ANSYS Startup Program

Volans launch vehicle, courtesy ESI

Singapore’s rocket tech startup, Equatorial Space Industries has joined the ANSYS Startup Program which offers industry-leading simulation tools to eligible startups. Access to ANSYS simulation tools will support ESI’s efforts in becoming Southeast Asia’s first commercial space launch startup. ESI plans to leverage ANSYS mechanical and fluid dynamics simulation capabilities …

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Hughes JUPITER System Selected to Power New Indonesian High-Throughput Satellite

Pictured, left to right, at a signing ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia: Mr. Timotius Sulaeman, PT. Dian Semesta Sentosa; Mr. Adi Rahman Adiwoso, PT. PSN; Mr. Erry Riana Hardjapamekas, PT. PSN; Mr. Rudiantara, Minister of Communication & Information Technology; Mr. Ramesh Ramaswamy, Hughes; Mr. Vaibhav Magow, Hughes; Mr. Arif Medianto, PT. Pintar Nusantara Sejahtera; and Mr. Adi Widjonarko, PT. Nusantara Satelit Sejahtera.

HUGHES’ JUPITER System has been chosen as the ground network platform for a new satellite over Indonesia. The contract for construction and operation of the 150 Gbps “Multifunctional Satellite” has been awarded by the Government of Indonesia, through its Ministry of Communication and Informatics, to the PSN Consortium led by PT …

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Indonesian Government Taps PSN/Thales Alenia Space Consortium To Build SATRIA Communications Satellite

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has selected the consortium led by the domestic satellite operator Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) to deploy and operate a broadband telecommunication satellite. This consortium has awarded Thales Alenia Space (Joint Venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%)) to design and manufacture the …

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