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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race

On Friday (23 August 2019), I published a short essay on the emerging Asian space race in The Nikkei Asian Review. I believe that the emerging space dynamics especially in Asia will spur new competition as well as cooperation. For example, India and Japan unite over Beijing's moon landings and anti-satellite weapons and find new avenues to collaborate including in joint lunar missions in the future.

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Clearbox Systems and Kythera Space Solutions Announce Strategic Partnership

Clearbox Systems Pty Ltd, Australia's leading provider of SATCOM ground control systems, and Prime Contractor for the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) SATCOM ground control element, and Kythera Space Solutions, the industry leader in dynamic management systems for next-generation satellites and networks, announced today they have entered into a strategic partnership to offer a joint space and ground control solution that supports ADF's SATCOM vision and roadmap.

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NTT DOCOMO Awards Gilat an LTE Satellite Backhaul Project to Expand Its LTE Footprint

Gilat has announced that NTT DOCOMO has awarded Gilat a project for LTE satellite backhaul, to expand its LTE footprint. Gilat, in partnership with SKY Perfect JSAT, will provide NTT DOCOMO with a solution for rural coverage extension, while ensuring secure and robust coverage even in the most challenging weather conditions.

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China’s first medium-scale launcher with LOX/LCH4 propellants ZQ-2 soliciting payloads worldwide

Chinese commercial launcher developer and launch service provider LandSpace announced during the MAKS 2019 show, that the company is seeking and accepting payloads from around the world for the maiden launch of its proprietary ZhuQue-2 (ZQ-2) launcher powered by a LOX/LCH4 liquid-propellant rocket engine (LRE).

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