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Indonesia’s Citilink To Use Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Inflight Satellite Connectivity

Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, announced today that its award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband solution is now available to passengers onboard Indonesian low-cost airline Citilink’s first aircraft. The milestone was achieved only six months after Inmarsat signed a contract with Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), an Indonesia …

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Japan Prepares for GPS Failure with Quasi-Zenith Satellites

The Japanese government is to begin use of a quasi-zenith satellite system to provide a failover solution for support of its Self Defence Force (SDF) in the event of a malfunction on the U.S. GPS system. This move comes amid fears that China and Russia and their development of anti-satellite …

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Japanese Military Space: MoD To Disrupt Enemy Space Operations, Cooperate With The U.S.

In a Washington, DC, speech, Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya outlines his country’s new National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) and Mid-Term Defense Plan (MTDP) that included new Japanese positions on national security space that require close cooperation with its American ally. Minister Iwaya’s speech covered a broad range of defence …

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Chinese Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Report Outlines Beijing’s Space Warfare Preparations

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views space warfare as an important component of its concept of war, and is developing a range of capabilities and tactics to carry out space operations, as well as bolstering its organizational and command and control capacity to enable such operations, according to the U.S. …

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Vietnam’s MicroDragon Earth Observation Satellite Successfully Launched From Japan

The successful launch of the Vietnamese MicroDragon Earth observation satellite took place on 18 January 2019 from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The Earth observation satellite was carried by an Epsilon 4 satellite launch vehicle, which also lofted six Japanese-made satellites into low-Earth orbit (LEO). The MicroDragon …

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Thailand’s Thaicom Signs On TrueVisions For Long-Terms Satellite Broadcasting Contract

Thaicom Public Company Limited (Stock Exchange of Thailand: THCOM), a leading Asian satellite operator and provider of integrated satellite end-to-end solutions, today announced that True Visions Group Co., Ltd. one of Asia’s leading pay TV providers, signed a long-term transponder capacity contract for continuing its pay TV service to audiences …

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China Great Wall Wins Contract To Launch 90 EO Satellites For Satellogic

Satellogic, the world’s first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company, announced on 15 January 2018 a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). CGWIC will launch 90 of Satellogic’s spacecraft from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The first launch – scheduled for later this year – …

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Sky And Space Global Preps Commercial Opportunities In The Americas

Sky and Space Global Ltd, the Australian Stock Exchange-listed company specializing in narrowband satellite communications, is pleased to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Arycom Capacidade Satelital Ltda. and a MoU with Cobbosseecontee Communications, LLC. Arycom Capacidade Satelital is a Brazilian company and a provider of …

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Indian Space Exploration: Chandrayaan-2 Lunar Mission Launch Expected In April 2019

India’s second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, will be attempted in mid-April 2019, a senior Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official said on 11 January 2019. Chandrayaan-2 will comprise a lander and a lunar rover. “We are targeting mid-April to launch Chandrayaan-2 as there were certain tests which could not be done …

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