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India’s Gaganyaan Mission To Send Three Foreign-Trained Vyomanauts Into Space By 2022

Following the announcement in early August 2018 by Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, that India will launch its own Vyomanauts into space by 2022, senior Indian space officials have added more details about what is now called the Gaganyaan programme. Speaking to journalists on 28 August 2018, the Indian Minister …

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Singapore’s Singtel Partners With KVH Industries To Provide Satellite Maritime Connectivity

Singtel, Singapore’s leading telecommunications provider, has teamed up with KVH Industries to provide satellite-based broadband maritime connectivity for shipping and the maritime sector across the Asia-Pacific region. This partnership will utilize KVH’s mini-VSAT BroadbandSM satellite connectivity, and Singtel will provide its maritime customers with KVH’s product and service offerings, including …

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Indonesia’s LAPAN Aims To Indigenously Launch One Ton Satellites By 2040

Indonesia’s space agency, Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional (LAPAN), has announced that it intends to launch an indigenous space launch vehicle (SLV) by 2040 with the ability to insert a 1-ton satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), according to SpaceTech Asia. The announcement was made at a briefing in preparation …

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Australia’s New South Wales Sends New Space Startups To AusTrade Landing Pad In United States

Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) is engaging in the emerging competition among other states such as South Australia to establish itself as Australia’s leading New Space hub by funding seven NSW space startups to attend the AusTrade Landing Pad last week. AusTrade Landing Pad, which was held in San Francisco, offered …

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ASX-Listed Kleos Space Signs Cooperative Agreement With Airbus Defence & Space On Geolocation Opportunities

Kleos Space, the Luxembourg-based New Space company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has been busy since its successful IPO on 24 August 2018 that raised approximately U.S.$8 million. On 31 August 2018 Kleos Space announced that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus Defence …

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India Looks To Enter Crowded Small Satellite Launcher Market With ISRO SSLV

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is developing a small launch vehicle that weighs no more than 100 tons that can loft a 500 kg satellite into a 500 km orbit. ISRO is currently earning about U.S.$40 million annually through launching small satellites for foreign customers, and aims to increase …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Advice for the Next Generation – Gernot Groemer of OeWF

SpaceWatch.Global last spoke to Gernot Groemer, Founder and Administrative Director of the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) last year when we covered the Forum’s work and activities on the Mars Analogue missions. This week, we speak to Groemer as a founding member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) which aims …

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Thailand and China Discuss Possible Joint Development And Manufacture Of Satellites As Part Of EEC-BRI Deal

Thai and Chinese officials have agreed to mutual trade and investments in a number of sectors – to include satellite manufacturing and applications – across and between Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The agreement ambitiously aims to increase Thai-Chinese trade from U.S.$73 …

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Australia’s Sky And Space Global Receives Frost & Sullivan Award As Best Global Nanosatellite Company

Sky and Space Global (SAS), the New Space narrowband satellite communications company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, has been awarded a Company of the Year award by Frost & Sullivan as the best global nanosatellite company of the year. Previous winners of Frost & Sullivan’s Company of the Year awards …

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New Japanese Defence Policy Guidelines Emphasise Space and Cyber Power

The Japanese government has issued the 2018 policy guidelines for national defence that emphasises the growing threats emanating from China, North Korea, and Russia in the cyberspace and space domains. On military space developments, the policy guidelines – released in Tokyo on 28 August 2018 – state that, “[M]ajor countries …

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