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South Korea to Build Its Own Satellite Navigation System by 2034

South Korea has announced plans to build a Korean Positioning System (KPS), consisting of seven satellites, by 2034. KPS is being built in order to augment and complement existing global systems such as the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) nationally and regionally, and to create a strategically autonomous positioning, navigation, …

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UAE’s Thuraya Launches M2M IoT Tracking and Monitoring Service and Terminal

Dubai-based Thuraya, a commercial satellite communications company, has launched a tracking and monitoring (T2M) service and its T2M DUAL terminal for on-the-move machine-to-machine (M2M) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors. The T2M DUAL terminal is designed for M2M communications and the tracking and monitoring of remote assets in harsh …

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Taiwan’s New Ballistic Missile Capable of Launching Microsatellites

Taiwan is reportedly developing its Yun Feng (Cloud Peak) medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) so that it is capable of launching microsatellites. Developed by National Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology, the Yun Feng is based on the Skybow missile that uses a solid fuel booster capable of launching 50-200 …

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India Establishing Satellite Tracking Station in Vietnam

Following a visit to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc on January 24, 2018, India and Vietnam have agreed to go ahead with the establishment of an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellite tracking and satellite imagery receiving station to be located in Ho …

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Singapore’s National University of Singapore and Defence Science Organisation Announce Satellite Research Centre

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singaporean Defence Science Organisation’s (DSO) National Laboratory, with the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), have announced the launch of their Satellite Technology and Research Centre (STAR). STAR is being established to conduct research and develop small satellites, in particular …

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AsiaSat Introduces “Content Anytime, Anywhere,” Hybrid Satellite-IP Service

Hong Kong-based satellite communications provider has announced the launch of its “Content Anytime, Anywhere,” service to enable the delivery of content to portable devices across its satellite constellation footprint in the Asia-Pacific. Delivery of content will be done through an IP-based Over-the-Top (OTT) service, described by AsiaSat as a “hybrid …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Three Satellites from New Zealand

Rocket Lab has successfully reached orbit with the test flight of its second Electron orbital launch vehicle, Still Testing. Electron lifted-off at 14:43 NZDT from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand. Following successful first and second stage burns, Electron reached orbit and deployed customer …

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Israel and India Reaffirm Space Ties With Technion and Indian Institute of Space Science and Space Technology Agreement

During a state visit to India made 14-18 January, 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Nahendra Modi further cemented ties between the two countries with a range of agreements that cover cooperation in a number of areas, to include space. In a joint statement issued on …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Clementine Decoopman of Space Generation Advisory Council

When it comes to focusing on the next generation of space pioneers, the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is making great progress. The organisation, which is based in Vienna, works tirelessly to promote space as a career to young people all over the world and from different backgrounds and countries …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Want Faster Data and a Cleaner Planet? Start Mining Asteroids

How do we kickstart a space-based economy that includes everything from communications, orbiting satellites, clean energy, and asteroid mining? Here, planetary scientist Philip Metzger of the University of Central Florida lays out a proposed roadmap to get there. This essay was originally published by Aeon on January 9, 2018, and is …

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