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French New Space: CNES Selected To Be Business Provider For French Tech Seed Investment Fund

On 17 January 2019 the Centre national d’etudes spatiales (CNES) was selected as business provider for the French Tech Seed investment fund. The winners of the Call for Interest, launched by Bpifrance, were announced by Frédérique Vidal, France’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State …

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Indonesia’s Citilink To Use Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Inflight Satellite Connectivity

Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, announced today that its award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband solution is now available to passengers onboard Indonesian low-cost airline Citilink’s first aircraft. The milestone was achieved only six months after Inmarsat signed a contract with Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), an Indonesia …

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Japan Prepares for GPS Failure with Quasi-Zenith Satellites

The Japanese government is to begin use of a quasi-zenith satellite system to provide a failover solution for support of its Self Defence Force (SDF) in the event of a malfunction on the U.S. GPS system. This move comes amid fears that China and Russia and their development of anti-satellite …

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Japanese Military Space: MoD To Disrupt Enemy Space Operations, Cooperate With The U.S.

In a Washington, DC, speech, Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya outlines his country’s new National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG) and Mid-Term Defense Plan (MTDP) that included new Japanese positions on national security space that require close cooperation with its American ally. Minister Iwaya’s speech covered a broad range of defence …

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Chinese Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Report Outlines Beijing’s Space Warfare Preparations

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views space warfare as an important component of its concept of war, and is developing a range of capabilities and tactics to carry out space operations, as well as bolstering its organizational and command and control capacity to enable such operations, according to the U.S. …

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Vietnam’s MicroDragon Earth Observation Satellite Successfully Launched From Japan

The successful launch of the Vietnamese MicroDragon Earth observation satellite took place on 18 January 2019 from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The Earth observation satellite was carried by an Epsilon 4 satellite launch vehicle, which also lofted six Japanese-made satellites into low-Earth orbit (LEO). The MicroDragon …

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Eutelsat’s Konnect Africa To Offer Satellite Broadband In Côte d’Ivoire

Konnect Africa, an initiative of the satellite operator Eutelsat (Euronext: ETL) dedicated to satellite broadband on the African continent, today announces the launch of its Internet access offers in Côte d’Ivoire. According to the Telecommunications Sector Observatory of the Telecommunications Regulator/ICT of Côte d’Ivoire (ARTCI), the number of fixed Internet …

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Italian New Space: D-Orbit Awarded ESA GSTP CubeSat Deployer Contract

The European Space Agency (ESA) awarded D-Orbit SpA with the General Support Technology Programme (GSTP) contract n 4000126167 titled “Development of a Precise In-Orbit CubeSat Deployer.” The GSTP is an optional ESA program to enable the European space industry to develop leading edge space technology. Under the GSTP, ESA partner …

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UK New Space: Isotropic Systems Ltd. Attracts Boeing Investment

Boeing announced Thursday its investment in Isotropic Systems Ltd., a London-based startup pioneering next-generation solutions to better connect people and enterprises around the globe. By taking advantage of optical beam steering, Isotropic’s innovative user terminals can simultaneously connect with several different satellites without increasing cost or complexity. This capability will …

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