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Australia’s Sky & Space Global Signs MOU With International Air Traffic Automation Systems

Sky and Space Global, the European-Israeli New Space satellite communications company that is registered on the Australian Stock Exchange, has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Air Traffic Automation Systems (IATAS) for the use of its satellite network by the air traffic company. Sky …

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Hong Kong’s AsiaSat Urges Mobile Operators To Protect Satellite Services From 5G Interference

Hong Kong’s AsiaSat has voiced its deep concern over the Communications Authority’s (CA) decision to reallocate the 3.4-3.7 GHz band, the lower C-Band frequency in Hong Kong, from Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) to mobile service (5G) and the subsequent proposal of two exclusion zones as a potential solution. AsiaSat responded …

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Leslie Kovacs Joins Firefly Aerospace As Vice President For Business Development

Firefly Aerospace, the New Space launch company that aims to serve the small to medium-sized satellite launch market with its Alpha and Beta rockets and is owned by Ukrainian-American entrepreneur Dr. Max Polyakov, has announced the appointment of Leslie Kovacs as its Vice President for Business Development. Kovacs comes to …

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Rocket Lab Signs Agreement With Spaceflight For Three Electron Launches In 2018-2019

Rocket Lab, the U.S.-headquartered small satellite launch provider that launches its rockets from New Zealand, has just announced its partnership with satellite rideshare and mission management provider Spaceflight for three satellite launches through 2018 and into 2019. The first mission, scheduled for the end of 2018, will launch a BlackSky Earth observation microsatellite …

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Thailand Set To Order THEOS-II Earth Observation Satellite From Airbus

Thailand’s head of the National Council for Peace and Order, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, is expected to make a U.S.$215 million order for the Thailand Earth Observation Satellite (THEOS)-II with French satellite manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space during a visit to France on 25 June 2018, according to a diplomatic source …

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Japan Seeks To Cut MHI H-3 Launch Costs By Half To Compete With SpaceX, Others

Acknowledging competition from companies like SpaceX, Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) aim to ensure that its next-generation space launch vehicle, the H-3, will cut launch costs by half compared to its current workhorse, the H-2. The 39th H-IIA vehicle was launched Tuesday afternoon, …

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Italy’s SITAEL To Open Australian HQ In Adelaide

Italy’s largest private satellite manufacturer, SITAEL, is set to open its Australian headquarters on 1 July 2018 outside of Adelaide, South Australia, further cementing SA’s position as Australia’s premier New Space hub. SITAEL plans to develop satellites and payloads from 50kg up to 300kg, space missions, and a range of other space …

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Australian Defence Sector Supports Its Indigenous Space Industry With Cubesat Programme

Final testing for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) CubeSat-M1 is underway. This first-of-three cubesats has been developed as part of a AUS$10 million contract with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra Space Centre, which was signed in November. This home grown satellite is testament to the ‘Down …

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Australian Political Wrangling Over Who Hosts Space Agency Pointless and Counterproductive – Analyst

A political competition to host the headquarters of the new Australian Space Agency has emerged between Australian states, a development that a prominent Australian space policy expert is counterproductive, even pointless, and misunderstands the role and scope of the agency that is due to start operations on 1 July 2018. …

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