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Japan’s PASCO Introduces InSAR Package Using ALOS-2 Earth Observation Satellite

PASCO, a Japanese provider of satellite-based geospatial information, has signed an agreement to distribute data and images acquired by the ALOS-2 Earth observation (EO) satellite which is owned by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). As part of this agreement, PASCO will start selling a new InSAR Package service to …

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Australian Space Agency Releases Governance Charter For Space Development

The Australian Space Agency (ASA) released its institutional charter on 29 October 2018 that will guide the agency in its efforts to develop Australian civil space capabilities and competencies, as well as establish a thriving space and satellite industrial base. “The charter provides a high-level strategic overview of the agency, …

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China’s New Space Race: Spacety Readies More Payloads For Launch After Successful Long March 2C Liftoff

Spacety, the Chinese small satellite startup, is expected to carry out two further launch missions on behalf of clients in November and December 2018, but exact dates are not yet confirmed according to the intrepid Andrew Jones in GBTimes. These two missions will follow the successful launch of four Spacety-built …

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Australia’s Fleet Space Technologies Taps Rocket Lab To Launch First Proxima CubeSats

Australian New Space satellite communications company Fleet Space Technologies has selected U.S. commercial satellite launch company Rocket Lab to launch two Proxima small satellites from Rocket Lab’s New Zealand launch complex in November 2018. This pair of identical 1.5 U CubeSats are designed and built by Fleet. The satellites will …

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China’s New Space Race: Successful Long March 2C Launch For Spacety Commercial Payloads

A Chinese Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle successfully took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China on Monday, 29 October 2018, lofting the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) as its primary payload as well as four Cubesats for Chinese New Space satellite manufacturer Spacety. One other satellite belonging to …

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Philippines’ Diwata-2 Satellite Successfully Launched On Japanese H-IIA Launcher

The Philippines’ Diwata 2 remote sensing satellite was successfully launched into orbit on board a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA satellite launch vehicle from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre on Monday, 29 October 2018. Fortunato dela Peña, Secretary of the Filipino Department of Science and Technology (DOST), personally witnessed the launch …

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace’s Zhuque-1 Launch Fails In First Orbit Bid

Chinese New Space launch company LandSpace suffered a failure of the third stage of its Zhuque-1 satellite launch vehicle Saturday, 27 October 2018, as it attempted to become the first Chinese private launch company to reach orbit, according to Andrew Jones in Space News. The three-stage Zhuque-1 launch vehicle, named …

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New Zealand Startup ZENNO Astronautics Blazes Path For Kiwi New Space

New Zealand startup ZENNO Astronautics, a satellite propulsion and software company founded by three students at the University of Auckland, has won a NZ$25,000 (U.S.$16,240) share of a NZ$100,000 (U.S.$64,950) total prize fund of the university’s 2018 Velocity Challenge. ZENNO Astronautics was founded in 2017 with the aim of developing …

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China’s New Space Race: Spacety To Deliver Four Payloads On Long March 2C On 29 October

Spacety, a Chinese small satellite startup, is set to launch four CubeSats for a range of clients on a Long March 2C launch vehicle on Monday, 29 October 2018, according to GBTimes’Andrew Jones. The four satellites were delivered from Spacety’s facility to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre during the first …

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