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China’s Hainan Earth Observation Constellation For South China Sea Monitoring To Launch Next Year

China’s Hainan Earth observation satellite constellation that is designed to “reinforce national sovereignty” over the South China Sea and other disputed territories is set to start launching its first satellites in 2019, according to Chinese state media reports. The Hainan Earth observation satellite constellation, once all satellites have been launched, …

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Pakistan’s SUPARCO Takes Control Of PRSS-1 And PakTES-1A From China

Pakistan has taken over control of its Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS)-1 and the PakTES-1A experimental satellite from Chinese operators just over a month after the two satellites were launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China. The handover was announced on 14 August 2018 by a spokesperson for …

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India’s PM Modi Announces First Manned Space Mission By 2022 In Re-Election Bid

Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi announced on 15 August 2018 – India’s Independence Day – that India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022. The announcement was made by Modi in what is his last Independence Day speech ahead of the general election to be held in early 2019. “India …

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Singapore’s AddValue Technologies To Provide Connectivity For Open Cosmos Constellation

Singapore’s AddValue Technologies has signed an agreement with New Space Earth observation satellite company Open Cosmos for the provision of AddValue’s Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS™) that will link the Open Cosmos constellation in orbit in real time. This partnership will provide continuous communication and “data-burst as-a-service” to constellation-based remote sensing …

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Japan’s Interstellar Technologies Developing Engine For Zero Launch Vehicle

Japanese New Space satellite launch company Interstellar Technologies Inc. is developing the main engine for its Zero launch vehicle and expects to complete that development this year, with the aim of conducting the first engine test in early 2019. This engine will power an orbital rocket designed to carry 100 …

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China’s OneSpace Technology Raises $44 Million In Series B Investment Round

Chinese New Space satellite launch company OneSpace Technology, China’s first private rocket producer, has raised a RMB300 million (U.S.$44 million) series B investment round that was led by CICC Jiatai Equity Funds, according to an official announcement made by the company. FinTrek Capital and existing investors in OneSpace Technology, including …

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Spire Global To Use Arianespace’s Vega SLV For Lemur-2 Cubesat Launches

Spire Global, the New Space company that provides meteorological, maritime, and aviation awareness data from low-Earth orbit, has selected Arianespace’s Vega launch vehicle to loft its LEMUR-2 Cubesats. The multi-launch contract will cover a significant number of CubeSats to be launched on Vega as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Daniel Campbell of Effective Space

UK-based Effective Space is set to launch its first Space Drone spacecraft in 2020 which will introduce life extension services to satellite operators. The company has received very encouraging feedback on its plans and other potential lines of business such as accommodating new constellations in LEO. SpaceWatch.Globals Editor-in-Chief Helen Jameson …

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Indonesia Telkom’s Merah Putih Communications Satellite Doing Fine Post-Launch

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a Maxar Technologies company and a leading satellite manufacturer, has announced that the Merah Putih communications satellite built for Telkom Indonesia, Indonesia’s largest telecom operator, is performing post launch maneuvers according to plan following its successful launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 Space Launch Vehicle on …

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