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#SWGLQuickTakes: Deep Background On India’s Gaganyaan Human Spaceflight Programme

SpaceWatch.Global is proud to introduce its #SWGLQuickTakes, a new feature series for subscribers that takes a topical space issue and polls the leading experts to provide an in-depth yet quick views on the context and background of what is going on. To start the series off, we asked three leading …

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India’s Gaganyaan Programme To Receive Technical and Medical Support From France’s CNES

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and ISRO Chairman K. Sivan announced today the creation of a French-Indian working group on human spaceflight, thus following up on one of the main commitments made by President Emmanuel Macron after his State visit to India. CNES and ISRO will be combining their expertise …

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India’s Antrix Corporation Sets Out Business Case For ISRO’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle

The Chief Managing Director of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation, has stated that the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) currently under development will significantly reduce launch costs for small satellites compared to other Indian launch vehicles, and will see a rise in Antrix’ revenues …

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The Philippines To Sign Space Cooperation Agreement With Russia’s Roscosmos

The Philippines will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Russian national space agency, Roscosmos, that will allow the Southeast Asian country to launch the micro- and nanosatellites it is developing, as well as be a site for a receiving station of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) …

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Japan’s ANA Holdings And Partners To Create Avatar X Virtual Reality Space Exploration Concept

In what a growing number of analysts are calling a bold move, Japan’s ANA Holdings – owner and operator of All Nippon Airways (ANA) – is partnering with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and companies such as Softbank, Takenaka, and HIS, to create AVATAR X in a bid to …

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China’s OneSpace Successfully Launches Chongqing Liangjiang Star Suborbital Rocket In Chinese Launch Race

Chinese New Space satellite launch company OneSpace successfully launched its suborbital rocket, the Chongqing Liangjiang Star/OS-X1, on 7 September 2018, just two days after the successful launch of a rocket built by its rival, iSpace. Both companies aim to launch their fully completed orbital rockets by the end of 2018. …

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Thailand’s Air Force Taps Dutch Nanosatellite Maker ISIS For EO CubeSat

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has signed a contract with Dutch New Space satellite manufacturer and integrator Innovative Solutions in Space B.V. (ISIS) on 7 September 2018 for an Earth observation CubeSat, and ground segment, that will be launched on board an Arianespace Vega satellite launch vehicle in the …

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Russia’s Glavkosmos Shows Off Space Technology Wares In Thailand

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, through its international commercial arm Glavkosmos, is partnering with Thai company C&C Advanced Technology (C&C) to promote Russian space-related technology in Thailand, according to a report in SpaceTech Asia. Glavkosmos and C&C shared a booth at the recent Royal Thai Air Force exhibition held in Bangkok …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Mark Watt of Firefly

Firefly is well and truly ignited again. A new formation of the company with solid investors behind it is now paving the way for what has the potential to be a very successful business. International asset management firm, Noosphere Ventures, as lead investor, is set to take Firefly to the …

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Myanmar Mulling Space Agency; Earth Observation Small Satellite With Japanese Assistance

Myanmar is mulling creating its own national space agency and the acquisition of an Earth observation small satellite with the assistance of Hokkaido University in Japan. Myanma engineers and scientists are set to take part in the manufacture and integration of some the components and instruments, according to reports in …

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