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#SpaceWatchGL Op‘ed: Post-Brexit British Space Policy Requires A More Strategic Approach – Space Policy Experts

What are the prospects for Britain cooperating with other countries around the world to meet its satellite navigation needs after it leaves the European Union? Is such cooperation a good use of scarce financial and industrial resources for these countries? Dr. John B. Sheldon, Chairman and President of ThorGroup GmbH …

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Tokyo-Based Start-Up InfoStellar Poised to Transform Communications in Space

InfoStellar is an innovative Japanese start-up with a vision: to extend the Internet that we know on Earth into outer space by creating the largest space communications infrastructure in history. This vision is set to be achieved through a unique antenna-sharing platform and also a one-stop small satellite shop that …

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Thailand Mulls Military Space Options, Imaging Satellite Lease

The Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to take on national security space missions, and incorporate military space concepts of operations and their associated threats and opportunities in its defence strategy, operations, tactics, techniques, and procedures. According to Thai media reports, the MoD in Bangkok is considering options that include …

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Mongolia and France Step Up Space Cooperation

Mongolia and France signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 18 May 2018 in order to carry out space cooperation at the institutional level between the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the Mongolian communication and information technologies authority (ACTI). The MoU was signed by Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of …

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Rocket Lab All Set For First Commercial Launch By End Of June 2018

U.S. based commercial space launch company Rocket Lab is getting ready for its first commercial launch, which is scheduled to take off from New Zealand in late June 2018. This U.S. spaceflight startup has scheduled new dates for its first commercial launch: a mission dubbed “It’s Business Time” which will …

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Japanese MoD To Use Planet’s Dove Earth Imaging Satellites For Intelligence Gathering

The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) will use Planet’s Dove Earth imaging nanosatellites to collect intelligence on Japanese national security threats, supplementing the high-resolution satellite imagery it receives from the Japanese government’s Intelligence Gathering Satellites (IGS). According to an article in The Mainichi, the MoD will begin collecting images from Planet’s …

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Australia’s Sky and Space Global Successfully Validates Nanosatellite Narrowband Communications Capability

Sky and Space Global, the Australian New Space company that intends to provide narrowband satellite communications through its planned 200 Nanosatellite fleet in 2020, has successfully completed proof-of-concept tests using three pilot Nanosatellites in South America. Partnering with U.S.-based mobile telephone provider GlobalSat Group, Sky and Space Global validated its …

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China Successfully Launches “Magpie Bridge” Relay Satellite in Run-Up to Historic Chang’e-4 Mission

China is on the verge of a space exploration breakthrough with the launch of the “Magpie Bridge” relay satellite for its Chang’e-4 lunar mission that will explore the dark side of the Moon, further establishing itself as a preeminent global space power. China’s space agency has launched a relay satellite, …

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South Korea’s KSLV-II Launch Vehicle Now On Track

After a number of delays and starts, South Korea is finally pressing ahead with the development of its second Korean Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-II) as well as its lunar exploration programme. The KSLV-II is a three-stage launch vehicle which will put  a 1.5-ton multipurpose satellite into low orbit at 600 …

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