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Portugal To Establish Azores Spaceport; Create Oceanography STARlab With China

Portugal is about to make a big splash in the space sector with parallel announcements covering a major cooperative programme with China, and a proposed space launch complex in the Azores islands in the mid-Atlantic ocean involving European, Russian, and U.S. company bids to build it. The cooperative programme with …

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China Great Wall Industry Corporation and China Siwei Team Up To Promote SuperView EO

China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) and China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co.Ltd. (China Siwei) signed a contract to collaborate on the overseas marketing of SuperView-1 satellite imagery at a signing ceremony held on the sidelines of the Zhuhai Airshow in China on 6 November 2018. Since the launch …

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Vietnam And France Sign Space Climate Observatory And Other Space Agreements

During a visit to Vietnam by the French Prime Minister, Jean-Yves Le Gall, the President of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), signed a number of agreements with Vietnamese counterparts covering the French-led Space Climate Observatory (SCO), STEM education, and maritime and oceanographic surveillance. “The Prime Minister’s official visit to …

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Thaicom Releases Financial Results For Third Quarter Of 2018

Thaicom Public Company Limited (THCOM), Thailand’s first satellite operator, reported its operating results for the third quarter of 2018, posting a consolidated net profit of Baht 104 million (approximately U.S.$3.15 million), improved by 59.6% from Q3/2017, due mainly to the decrease of depreciation expense through the satellite assets impairment recognized …

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Japan Launches Michibiki GNSS Service With Great Economic Expectations

Japan launched its own satellite positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) system called Michibiki  on Thursday, 1 November 2018, as part of an effort to generate new businesses worth nearly 5 trillion yen (U.S.$44.4 billion) by 2025, as companies such as SoftBank Group, Mitsubishi Electric, and Hitachi develop applications in automated …

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Houlin Zhao Re-Elected As ITU Secretary-General By Member States

Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have re-elected Houlin Zhao of China as ITU Secretary-General during the Union’s 20th Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The election took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, during the Plenary session of the PP-18 conference this morning. Zhao won …

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace Releases Preliminary Zhuque-1 Launch Failure Report

Following the launch failure of LandSpace’s Zhuque-1 satellite launch vehicle on 27 October 2018, the Chinese New Space launch company has publicly released its preliminary findings as to why its rocket failed 402 seconds after launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China. According to Andrew Jones in GBTimes, …

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Rocket Lab’s ‘It’s Business Time’ Launch Set For 11-19 November Window From New Zealand

U.S. New Space orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has confirmed the launch window for the upcoming ‘It’s Business Time’ mission. The nine-day launch window will open from 11 to 19 November 2018 (NZDT), with daily launch opportunities between 16:00 – 20:00 NZDT (03:00 – 07:00 UTC). The Electron launch vehicle …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Masashi Sato Of NRI On The State and Future of Japanese New Space

Japan’s New Space scene is little known and understood outside of Tokyo, despite the emergence of some interesting startups such as iSpace and Infostellar to name just two as well as some big Japanese government announcements about supporting startups in the space sector. SpaceWatch.Global reached out to Masashi Sato, a Senior Consultant …

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