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Asia Pacific

SINC 2024 – Interview with Whisper

China is building its space network in the Asian-Pacific countries and Africa. Whisper, the Director of the Scientific Research Department for Chang Guang Satellite Technology co L.t.D. visited the Maldives during SINC to understand how China can expand its market in the region. Our Editor-in-Chief, Dr Emma Gatti, had the opportunity to talk with him about his mission.

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SINC 2024 – Interview with Andiswa Mlisa

Rarely does the Pacific Community have the courage to initiate a dialogue with the Western world. During SINC, Andiswa Mlisa, Principal Advisor Business Development in the lead for Digital Earth Pacific, explained to our editor-in-chief, Dr. Emma Gatti, why the Pacific community must be involved in the broader dialogue about Space economy and Space security.

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#SpaceWatchGL Geopolitics – Thailand Joined the ILRS – Now What?

CNSA x Thailand

For SpaceWatchers, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Thailand has manifested several of its space ambitions. SWGL has covered the last decade of the country’s space developments at the government and private sector levels. So, when in early April 2024, Thailand became the latest country to join the China-led International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) program,  SWGL assessed it as a significant development in the context of Thailand’s space ambitions. But that needs to be put in perspective. What are the short and long term implications? Let’s find out.

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mu Space and RBC Signals Partner on Ground Station Facilities

RBC Signals and mu Space sign MoU

mu Space and Advance Technology Co., Ltd ("mu Space"), a satellite technology company based in Thailand, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RBC Signals International Inc. ("RBC Signals"), a provider of global satellite data communication products and solutions. The MOU, effective from March 1, 2024, is the beginning of a collaboration that aims at exploring opportunities related to Satellite Ground Station Facilities in Thailand and Southeast Asia countries.

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ADRAS-J Completes Rendezvous and Initiates Proximity Approach

Astroscale

Astroscale Japan Inc. has announced that its commercial debris inspection demonstration satellite, Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J), has achieved a major technical milestone: completion of the rendezvous phase of its mission and the beginning of the proximity approach. This success is underscored by starting Angles-Only Navigation, a navigation method to estimate relative position and velocity through the servicer’s onboard cameras.

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NASA and Japan Sign Agreement for Lunar Rover

NASA

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Masahito Moriyama have signed an agreement to advance sustainable human exploration of the Moon. As a result, Japan will design, develop, and operate a pressurized rover for crewed and uncrewed exploration on the Moon. On the other hand, NASA will provide the launch and delivery of the rover to the Moon as well as two opportunities for Japanese astronauts to travel to the lunar surface.

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Starlab Space Welcomes Mitsubishi as Strategic Partner

Starlab Space LLC (Starlab Space), the joint venture between Voyager Space and Airbus, today welcomed Mitsubishi Corporation as a strategic partner and equity owner in Starlab Space. This partnership expands Starlab Space's reach beyond a transatlantic partnership and transforms the joint venture into a global organization.

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Thailand Becomes Ninth Country-Member of the ILRS Program

Thailand has become the latest country to join the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) program as the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation jointly signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU). Both countries signed an MoU on cooperation in the exploration and peaceful use of outer space and an MoU on cooperation with the International Lunar Research Station. 

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SKY Perfect JSAT Announces Investment With Space Startups

SKY Perfect JSAT

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation has announced its decision to invest 10 billion yen in domestic and international space-related startups and space venture funds. In addition to this investment, SKY Perfect JSAT will collaborate with the acceleration program “AXELA” from the SPACETIDE Foundation. This collaboration aims to combine SKY Perfect JSAT’s accumulated insights and assets with the new technologies of startups, fostering the co-creation of new space businesses for a sustainable future.

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