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India’s Human Spaceflight Ambitions Faces Political Backlash, Technical Skepticism

Now that the euphoria over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that India will launch its first Vyomanaut (derived from the Sanskrit word for space, or vyoma) into Earth orbit by 2022 has passed, the political contours of the announcement are beginning to take shape. A number of critics are pointing …

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New Zealand’s Eagle Technology Partners With HawkEye 360 For Space-Based Geolocation Solutions

New Zealand has become a strategic partner of U.S. space-based geolocation company HawkEye 360, enabling the country to access the company’s geoanalytical capabilities for maritime domain awareness, border security, and asset protection. Eagle Technology, a New Zealand-based company, will be the strategic partner for New Zealand, bringing HawkEye 360’s radio …

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India And France To Jointly Build Maritime Domain Awareness Satellites Starting In 2019

Following the landmark space cooperation agreement signed between India and France, both countries will start work on building joint maritime surveillance satellites in 2019, according to an official from the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES). The satellites will be designed to cover areas ranging from …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: A U.S. Space Force In Trump’s Shadow: Look Beyond The Man

The recent pronouncement by President Donald Trump that called for the creation of a separate U.S. Space Force has been met with some consternation by a number of commentators around the world. This reaction seems more concerned with the controversial persona of President Trump rather than with the policy substance …

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Australian-Luxembourg Kleos Space Raises $8 Million, Bets on Australian Contracts

Luxembourg-Australian-based company, Kleos Space S.A., has successfully closed an AUS$11 million (U.S.$8 million) funding round and will begin trading on the Australian Stock Exchange on Friday, 24 August 2018, at 11:00 a.m. Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kleos Space, Andy Bowyer, believes that the interest shown in Kleos Space …

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China’s LandSpace Set For Inaugural Launch Of Zhuque-1 SLV By End Of 2018

Chinese New Space satellite launch company LandSpace has announced that it intends to carry out the inaugural launch of its Zhuque-1 satellite launch vehicle (SLV) by the end of 2018. The Zhuque-1 SLV is a three-stage solid-fuel rocket that is 19 metres tall, 1.35 metres in diameter, and weighs 27 …

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Inmarsat And Australia’s Auxilium Partner To Provide Industrial Internet of Things Solutions

Inmarsat, the UK-based global satellite communications company, is partnering with Auxilium, an Australian mining company, for the provision of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and communications solutions to the mining sector. In this formal partnership, Auxilium will deploy satellite connectivity from Inmarsat in its IIoT solutions to ensure that mining …

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India’s Antrix Corporation To Launch SSTL’s NovaSAR-1 And SSTL-S1-4 In September 2018

India’s Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has signed an agreement with the UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), for the launch of NovaSAR-1, a small Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite, into a 580-kilometer altitude Sun-synchronous orbit, and SSTL S1-4, a high-resolution Earth …

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Australia’s Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission CubeSat Paves Way For Future Missions

Australia’s Buccaneer Risk Mitigation Mission Cubesat, a joint mission between the Australian Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), has performed according to plan since its launch in late 2017 and is paving the way for follow-on Buccaneer missions. The mission was launched …

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Australian-Singaporean Gilmour Space Technologies Successfully Conducts Eris Rocket Engine Test

The Australian and Singaporean New Space launch company, Gilmour Space Technologies, conducted its most powerful orbital engine test to date on 16 August 2018 as part of its preparations for a key suborbital test flight in the fourth quarter of this year. “We achieved a record 80 kilonewtons (kN – or 18,000 pounds) of thrust from a 17-second …

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