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Australian-Singaporean Gilmour Space Technologies Raises US$13.7 Million In Series B Investment Round

Gilmour Space Technologies, the Australian-Singaporean New Space satellite launch company headquartered in Queensland, Australia, has secured U.S.$13.73 million (AUS$19 million) in a Series B investment round to scale up its operations and launch its first commercial hybrid launch vehicle into orbit by 2020. The Series B investment round was led …

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China’s New Space Launch Race: ExPace Successfully Launches Centispace-1-S1 On Kuaizhou-1A Launch Vehicle

Chinese commercial satellite launch vehicle company ExPace successfully launched an experimental positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) satellite called Centispace-1-S1 on board a Kuaizhou-1A launch vehicle from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre (JSLC) on 29 September 2018. The launch from JSLC in the Gobi Desert took place at 04:13 universal time (12:13 …

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Arianespace To Launch Thailand’s THEOS-2 And South Korea’s KOMPSAT-7 In 2021

Arianespace has announced that it will launch THEOS-II, the very-high-resolution Earth observation optical satellite for Thailand, and KOMPSAT-7 for the Korean Aerspace Research Institute (KARI), in two separate launches on the new Arianespace Vega-C launch vehicle in 2021. The THEOS-II launch agreement is part of a turnkey contract between Airbus …

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Japan’s Ispace Signs Launch Deal With SpaceX For Lunar Missions

Japanese New Space exploration and space resources company Ispace has signed a launch agreement with SpaceX to launch their first privately-funded Lunar mission in 2020. The agreement was signed on 26 September 2018 and covers the launch of an Ispace probe that will orbit the Moon by a SpaceX Falcon-9 …

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ASX-Listed Sky And Space Global Sign MoU With Caribbean States For Narrowband SATCOM Applications

Sky and Space Global (SAS), the New Space narrowband satellite communications company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to explore how SAS’ communications service can be integrated into their respective national telecommunications infrastructure. Under …

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China Mulling New Launch Site Exclusively For Its Private Space Launch Industry

China’s government is considering building a commercial space launch centre for the country’s New Space private launch companies, a number of which will be attempting their first orbital flights by the end of 2018, according to a report by Andrew Jones in GBTimes. The Chinese government made the decision to …

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China Creates Virtual Ground Stations In Ten Countries For EO Data

China’s Institute of Aerospace Information Research has helped ten countries install virtual ground stations in order to receive remote sensing data, it was announced last week. A virtual ground station (VGS) is a suite of computers, software, and communication links that connect a remote user to the physical ground stations …

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India’s BSNL Partners With Japan’s Softbank And NTT Communications To Provide 5G And IoT Coverage

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the Indian state-run telecommunications company, is partnering with Japan’s Softbank and NTT Communications to provide 5G networks and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity across India, including through Softbank’s OneWeb satellite constellation that is currently under construction. “We have signed an agreement with SoftBank and NTT …

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