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Space Silk Road: China And Myanmar Create Joint Satellite Laboratory

China and Myanmar held their first science and technology cooperation meeting in Yangon, where they established a joint radar and satellite communications laboratory as part of the nascent China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, a part of the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This meeting marks a new stage in science and …

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China’s New Space Race: First Satellite Of CASC’s Hongyan LEO SATCOM Constellation To Launch By End Of 2018

The first of 320 satellites in the Chinese Hongyan low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites communications mega-constellation is expected to be launched by the end of 2018 on board a Long March-2D satellite launch vehicle, according to reporting by Andrew Jones in the GBTimes. The Hongyan constellation is being developed by the …

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China’s New Space Race: Space Industry Value Chain Worth $16 Bn, Euroconsult Report

According to Euroconsult’s latest report, China Space Industry 2018, the China space value chain had an estimated size of more than U.S.$16 billion in 2017, with the downstream market accounting for just over 85%. Satellite Navigation, one of the key satellite applications in China, was the main revenue generator in …

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Space Silk Road: China Establishes Basic Global Satellite PNT Coverage With Latest BeiDou Launch

China launched two BeiDou-3 satellites on 19 November 2018, and in doing so it can provide basic global satellite positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services by the end of 2018. The basic service will first be offered to countries participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and offered globally …

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Space Silk Road: Pakistan And China Enhance Space, Science And Technology Cooperation

During his recent visit to China, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Chinese counterparts signed a number of agreements that commit both countries to space, science, and technology cooperation. The science and technology relationship between Islamabad and Beijing dates back to the 1970’s, and has typically involved technology transfers …

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Future Space Wars: Japan To Create Military SSA Unit, Incorporate AI Into Self-Defence Forces

The Japanese government will establish a command centre within the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to monitor space debris and traffic in Earth orbit as well as to carry out surveillance on foreign satellites as they orbit over Japanese territory. The SDF command centre could be established as early as fiscal year …

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace Technology Launch Company Gets $43 Million In Series B Funding

Chinese New Space satellite launch company LandSpace Technology announced on 20 November 2018 that it has received 300 million Yuan (U.S.$43 million) in a just-completed Series B funding round, according to Chinese news platform Weixin. The U.S.$43 million funding round was led by Huachuang Capital along with Zhongyi Investment, Xidian …

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Australia’s CSIRO Boosts Earth Observation And AI Budgets

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced it is investing AUS$35 million (U.S.$25.5 million) in space technology and Artificial Intelligence development. This investment will be used toward the development of advanced imaging of Earth from satellites, as well as cutting-edge data science to support the growth of …

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Japan’s ANA Holdings And Marubeni Partner To Build First Asian Spaceport

Japanese company ANA Holdings, best known for operating All Nippon Airlines, and trading house Marubeni Corporation have partnered to build a spaceport in Japan as early as 2021, according to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review. The spaceport will be used for private space travel, such as space tourism, …

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Australia’s Sky & Space Global Makes Inroads In Brazil and Africa

Sky and Space Global, the Australian New Space narrowband satellite communications company, are making significant inroads in the African and Brazilian communications markets by participating in the AfriCom conference in South Africa and signing MoU’s with two Brazilian telecommunications companies. The AfricaCom conference, held in Cape Town, was attended by …

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