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Japan Reaches Out To Allies For Satellite Reconnaissance And Intelligence Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited London and Paris as part of an effort to strengthen Tokyo’s ties with Western intelligence in order to counter increasing Chinese military and espionage activities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. These visits to the United Kingdom and France have been coupled with greater engagement …

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India’s Gaganyaan Mission: ISRO’s Human Spaceflight Plans Starting To Take Shape

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is aiming for the first crewed Gaganyaan human spaceflight mission to take place in December 2021. Following the Indian government’s recent allocation of U.S.$1.4 billion for the Gaganyaan mission, ISRO has revealed how much of this budget boost will be spent in achieving an …

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Sky & Space Global Signs Further MoUs, Bolstering African Customer Base

Nanosatellite operator, Sky and Space Global (SAS), has signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) that will strengthen its growth strategy on the African continent. The first has been signed with Extensia Bridge, a company that works with different tier-1 solution providers utilising innovative technologies for businesses, organisations and customers especially …

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CORRECTED: Sky and Space Global Responds To Gomspace Nonpayment Reports

Following reports earlier this week that Australian Stock Exchange-listed Sky and Space Global (SAS) had missed scheduled payments to its satellite manufacturer GomSpace, the narrowband satellite communications company that aims to put in orbit a constellation of Nanosatellites called ‘Pearls’ by 2020, said that the outstanding payments will be settled …

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Japan’s Infostellar Partners With UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult For Ground Station Access

The Satellite Applications Catapult and Infostellar have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide UK businesses with enhanced access to the Satellite Applications Catapult’s ground station in Goonhilly, Cornwall. The Catapult’s ground station is the primary ground location for its In Orbit Demonstration (IOD) programme – a unique service …

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India Installs SATCOM Ground Stations And Terminals In SAARC Member-States

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will deliver five ground stations and a total of 500 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT) to enable its neighbours to benefit from satellite-based services such as TV, Internet, telephone, disaster management, and telemedicine. This programme is in response to China’s growing influence across Asia. …

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Indian Military Space: Hughes India And Sterlite Tech Enable Satcom Connectivity For Indian Navy

Hughes Communications India has been selected to provide a high-performance satellite broadband system for India’s Naval Communication Network (NCN). Sterlite Tech, a global data network solutions company, chose the Hughes system to deliver C- and Ku-band satellite services as part of its hybrid IP-MPLS (Internet Protocol – Multi Protocol Label …

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Indian Government Aims To Build LEO And MEO Satellite Communications Constellation

The Indian government is considering building a constellation of communications satellite is low-Earth and Medium-Earth orbits (LEO and MEO) in order to provide improved connectivity across the country with reduced latency, as the South Asian country seeks to be the latest entity to build a large constellation of satellites, albeit …

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ASX-Listed Sky And Space Global Misses Payments To GomSpace For Pearls CubeSats

Danish CubeSat manufacturer has apparently slow-rolled manufacturing of 200 Pearl CubeSats for the Australian Stock Exchange-listed New Space company Sky and Space Global after two payments thought to be worth U.S.$2.3 million have been missed, according to a report in Space News. The total contract between GomSpace and Sky and …

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Success for China’s historic Chang’e 4 Mission to the lunar ‘far side’

Human space exploration has received another significant boost with the successful landing of a Chinese probe on the far side of the moon – a feat that has never before been accomplished. Chinese state media confirmed that the spacecraft had performed a ‘soft landing’ at 10.26am (2.26am GMT) on January …

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