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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace’s Zhuque-1 Launch Fails In First Orbit Bid

Chinese New Space launch company LandSpace suffered a failure of the third stage of its Zhuque-1 satellite launch vehicle Saturday, 27 October 2018, as it attempted to become the first Chinese private launch company to reach orbit, according to Andrew Jones in Space News. The three-stage Zhuque-1 launch vehicle, named …

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New Zealand Startup ZENNO Astronautics Blazes Path For Kiwi New Space

New Zealand startup ZENNO Astronautics, a satellite propulsion and software company founded by three students at the University of Auckland, has won a NZ$25,000 (U.S.$16,240) share of a NZ$100,000 (U.S.$64,950) total prize fund of the university’s 2018 Velocity Challenge. ZENNO Astronautics was founded in 2017 with the aim of developing …

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China’s New Space Race: Spacety To Deliver Four Payloads On Long March 2C On 29 October

Spacety, a Chinese small satellite startup, is set to launch four CubeSats for a range of clients on a Long March 2C launch vehicle on Monday, 29 October 2018, according to GBTimes’Andrew Jones. The four satellites were delivered from Spacety’s facility to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre during the first …

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Pakistan To Send Astronaut Into Orbit By 2022 With Chinese Help

Pakistan announced on 25 October 2018 that it will send an astronaut into orbit by 2022 with the help of China, weeks after its arch-geopolitical rival India announced the start of its own human spaceflight programme, Gaganyaan, in cooperation with Russia, France, and other countries. The announcement was made by …

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Vietnam’s MicroDragon Launches By End Of 2018, To Chair CEOS For 2019

Vietnam is set to have its MicroDragon Earth observation satellite launched from Japan in December 2018, while it also prepares to take the chair of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) in January 2019, further cementing Vietnam’s status as a major space power in Southeast Asia. The launch of …

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Singapore’s Global Invacom Suspends Trading Amid Acquisition Talks

Satellite communications equipment provider Global Invacom Group called for trading in its shares to be suspended on Tuesday, 23 October 2018, before the Singaporean stock market opened, revealing that its negotiations regarding a possible reverse acquisition are taking longer than expected. Global Invacom had called for a trading halt before …

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Indonesia Announces Multifunctional Satellite Project Tender, Winner To Be Selected By End 2018

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has launched the tender for its Multifunctional Satellite Project at the Creative & Innovative Financing Forum held in Bali, Indonesia, according to a report in SpaceTech Asia. Kominfo also announced that the winners of the satellite tender will be announced at the …

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Japan’s New Space Sector Buoyed Up, But Is It Meeting Market Needs?

The Japanese New Space sector has never had it so good, though no one denies that there is much more to do. Investments are up, a robust ecosystem is emerging, and the Japanese government and large trading houses are now supportive of the sector: significant progress when compared to just …

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ASX-Listed Sky And Space Global’s Pearl Nanosatellite Passes CDR

Sky and Space Global (SAS), the New Space narrowband satellite communications company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has announced that its Pearl nanosatellite has passed a Critical Design Review (CDR) and is now ready for construction and integration. The CDR concluded that the design presented by GomSpace to …

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India’s Military To Create Defence Space And Cyber Agencies As Part of Reforms

The Indian government’s Cabinet Committee on Security has approved the creation of the Defence Cyber Agency, the Defence Space Agency, and the Special Operations Division as part of ongoing defence reforms designed to deal with emerging and new threats, according to government sources quoted in the Indian media. All three …

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