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ASX-Listed Sky And Space Global’s Pearl Nanosatellite Passes CDR

Sky and Space Global (SAS), the New Space narrowband satellite communications company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has announced that its Pearl nanosatellite has passed a Critical Design Review (CDR) and is now ready for construction and integration. The CDR concluded that the design presented by GomSpace to …

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India’s Military To Create Defence Space And Cyber Agencies As Part of Reforms

The Indian government’s Cabinet Committee on Security has approved the creation of the Defence Cyber Agency, the Defence Space Agency, and the Special Operations Division as part of ongoing defence reforms designed to deal with emerging and new threats, according to government sources quoted in the Indian media. All three …

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South Korea Postpones KSLV-II Engine Test Due To Fuel Pressurization Problem

The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has announced that it is postponing the planned engine test of its Korean Space Launch Vehicle-II (KSLV-II) rocket engine after a pre-test check found a problem with the engine’s propellant pressurization system. The single-stage rocket with South Korea’s first home-made booster engine was scheduled …

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Vietnam’s LOTUSat-1 Expected To Be Launched In 2019

Vietnamese and Japanese officials revealed last week that they expect the Vietnamese radar Earth observation satellite, LOTUSat-1, to be launched sometime in 2019 after years of regulatory and diplomatic delays. The LOTUSat-1 system, estimated to be worth U.S.$301 million, is being paid for using official Japanese development assistance funds and …

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South Korea’s Chollian-2A Meteorological Satellite To Be Launched On 5 December 2018

The South Korean government announced on 18 October 2018 that the country’s Chollian-2A geostationary meteorological satellite, is expected be launched on 5 December 2018. The multipurpose satellite, developed by the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), is set to lift off aboard am Ariane-5 launch vehicle made by Arianespace from the …

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace Expected To Attempt Zhuque-1 Orbital Launch On 27 October

Chinese New Space satellite launch company LandSpace is expected to attempt the maiden orbital launch of its Zhuque-1 launch vehicle from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre (JSLC) in China’s Gobi Desert on 27 October 2018, according to a report by Andrew Jones in GBTimes. If successful, the Zhuque-1 launch will …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: James Yenbamroong On New Space Investments In The Asia-Pacific

Thai New Space entrepreneur James Yenbamroong, the founder and CEO of mu Space, is emerging as perhaps the preeminent New Space advocate, investor, and role model in Southeast Asia. He has articulated an exciting and bold space vision, is building a solid and cutting edge venture in the form of …

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Rocket Lab Selects Wallops Flight Facility for U.S. Launch Site

U.S. orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has confirmed it will build its first U.S. launch pad for the Electron rocket at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, United States. The site will be Rocket Lab’s second dedicated launch complex and builds on Rocket Lab’s existing ability to launch up to …

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South Korea And France Join Forces For Space Climate Observatory

On the sidelines of a state visit to France by South Korean President Moon Jae-In, the French National space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), and the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and the Korean Meteorological Administration (KMA) signed a letter of intent committing all parties to developing the …

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ASX-Listed Kleos Space Signs 2nd MoU With Airbus For Manufacturing In-Space Cooperation

Luxembourg-based and ASX-listed Kleos Space S.A, a New Space technology operator, today has announced the signature of a second Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus Defence and Space, as both companies investigate opportunities to collaborate for the manufacture In-Space of structural elements. Kleos Space and parent company Magna Parva (UK) have …

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