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China Satcom Partners With ViaSat To Provide Inflight Connectivity For Airlines In China

Viasat and China Satcom have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly provide in-flight connectivity (IFC) services within China for domestic and international airlines. Viasat and China Satcom will work in partnership to enable Viasat’s global airline customers to have roaming connectivity when flying over China; provide IFC service to …

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Infostellar Partners With Leading Ground Systems Manufacturers To Simplify StellarStation Integration

By Kristina Juul Infostellar together with Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS) and Teledyne Paradise Datacom make StellarStation compatible with widely used ground station hardware options supporting time and cost sharing thus empowering New Space startups. As a result of these partnerships, the StellarStation ground station aggregator for New Space satellite …

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South Korea To Aid Turkmenistan In Remote Sensing Satellite Development

South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Turkmenistan last week as part of a tour of Central Asian republics, and pledged South Korean expertise in helping the country to develop its first remote sensing satellite. At a signing ceremony on 17 April 2019 in Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan, Yoo …

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Space Wars: U.S.-Led Military Space Coalition Takes Shape In Response To Space Threats

Surrounded by air chiefs from 11 other nations, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein plunged deep into discussion 11 April 2019 about the changing nature of space. The daylong meeting at a secure facility in Colorado Springs was the first time air chiefs from other countries …

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Military Space: Japan And United States Pledge Mutual Defence Cooperation In Space, Cyber

On 19 April 2019, the U.S.–Japan Security Consultative Committee convened in Washington, DC, with the participation of Secretary of State Pompeo, Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono, and Minister of Defense Iwaya. During the meeting, the Ministers affirmed their strong commitment to realize a “free and …

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Tongan Government Signs Deal with Kacific for Remote Island Connectivity and fibre back-up

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group has signed a fifteen-year agreement with Tonga Satellite Limited, a Tongan government company, to provide high-speed broadband via satellite to the Pacific Island nation. The bandwidth supplied by Kacific’s high throughput satellite, Kacific1, will be used to connect communities in 89 remote outer islands with high-quality …

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SmartSat CRC Set to Propel Australia into the Global Space Industry

The Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has announced the success of the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) proposal led by The University of South Australia and Nova Systems. Positioned to propel Australia into the global space industry, the SmartSat CRC initiative is a collaborative research and …

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Japanese Space Exploration: Bridgestone Joins JAXA And Toyota In Commercial Moon Mission

Bridgestone Corporation has announced that it will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. Recently announced by JAXA and Toyota, the goals of this mission are to expand the domain of human activity and develop intellectual property …

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Indian Space Wars: India’s DRDO Head Outlines Counterspace Capability Ambitions

Following its 27 March 2019 direct-ascent antisatellite (ASAT) missile test that destroyed a target satellite in low-Earth orbit (LEO), the head of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – G. Satheesh Reddy – has outlined to Indian media his organisation’s counterspace technology ambitions for the coming years. Reddy’s comments …

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Space Wars: United States And Allies Discuss Combined Space Operations Initiative

Air Chiefs and senior space officials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States held a meeting at Headquarters Air Force Space Command to discuss the future of the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) initiative on 10 April 2019. Following the meeting, the seven nations …

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