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Singapore’s Astroscale Completes $30 Million Series D Funding Round; To Open U.S. Office In Denver

Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market-leader in developing a space debris removal service to secure long-term orbital sustainability, has announced the opening of a new office in Denver, Colorado (“Astroscale U.S.”), adding a strategic United States base to already established entities in Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom. In concert with …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Kyle Acierno, Vice President, Global Sales and Strategy, iSpace

While SpaceIL’s Beresheet lunar lander met with a tragic end on the Moon’s surface, it has paved the way for a number of other private Moon missions that are currently in the works. Among these is Japan’s ispace, and SpaceWatch.Global’s Editor-in-Chief Helen Jameson spoke with Kyle Acierno about the company’s …

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Australian Space Agency Signs Collaboration Agreement With Boeing For Aussie Space Development

Boeing and the Australian Space Agency have signed a Statement of Strategic Intent to help advance the agency’s goals to expand Australia’s domestic space industry. By 2030, Australia would like to grow the space market segment from AU$3.9 billion to AU$12 billion and double space industry employment from about 10,000 …

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Singapore’s Spacechain Expands Operations To The United Kingdom

Singapore-based SpaceChain has expanded its operations to the United Kingdom to leverage Europe’s advanced space technologies and to drive economic development through SpaceChain’s satellite infrastructure and blockchain technology. SpaceChain UK Limited will be based in Harwell, Oxfordshire at the Satellite Applications Catapult (SAC), an independent innovation and technology company created …

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Rocket Lab To Produce In-House Designed Photon Satellite Platform

U.S. small satellite launch company Rocket Lab has announced the next evolution of its mission services; the in-house designed and built Photon™ satellite platform. As the global leader in small satellite launch, Rocket Lab now delivers an integrated spacecraft build and launch service. The end-to-end mission solution enables small satellite …

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Space Silk Road: China And Arab States Pledge To Increase Applications For Beidou GNSS

The second China-Arab States BDS Cooperation Forum was held in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis on 1 April 2019 to discuss measures and initiatives that will increase the use of China’s Beidou navigation satellite system (BDS) in the Arab world with the aim of elevating cooperation in high-technology between …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: India Destroys Its Own Satellite With A Test Missile, Still Says Space Is For Peace

By Bin Li On March 27, India announced it had successfully conducted an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, called “Mission Shakti”. After the United States, Russia and China, India is now the fourth country in the world to have demonstrated this capability. The destroyed satellite was one of India’s own. But …

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NASA Alarmed at Indian Space Missile Test

NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, has expressed his concern in the days after India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the country’s first anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test against an out-of-service Indian satellite orbiting the Earth at 300 kilometres altitude on Wednesday, 27 March 2019, at 11.16 am Indian …

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Indonesia’s iForte To Lease Capacity On Telesat’s Telstar-18 High Throughput Satellite

Telesat announced on 2 April 2019 that PT iForte Solusi Infotek (iForte), a leading provider of USO (Universal Service Obligation) VSAT services in Indonesia, has signed major contracts for Ku-band HTS and C-band capacity on Telesat’s new Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite. The contracts result from iForte’s recent selection by Indonesia’s …

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India’s ISRO Successfully Lofts PSLV-C45 With EMISAT And 28 Rideshare Satellites

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C45) successfully launched EMISAT and 28 international customer satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota. This flight marked the first mission of PSLV-QL, a new variant of PSLV with four strap-on motors. PSLV-C45 lifted off at 9:27 Hrs (IST) on 1 April …

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