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China Opens Beidou Satellite Navigation Centre in Tunisia

China has opened its first overseas centre to promote its Beidou satellite navigation system (BDS) in Tunis, the capital city of Tunisia, on 10 April 2018. The China-Arab States BDS/GNSS Centre has been created as a pilot programme between China and the Arab Information and Communication Technology Organization (AICTO), also …

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Japan’s Sony Corporation to Enter Satellite Optical Communications Market

Japan’s Sony Corporation is seeking to enter the New Space sector by manufacturing optical communication devices for small satellites, based on Sony’s decades-long experience in manufacturing compact disc (CD) players. This marks a diversification of Sony’s business empire, and it is also a strong signal that Japan’s great trading houses …

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UAE’s Thuraya Launches X5-Touch, World’s Smallest Satellite Phone

UAE’s Thuraya Telecommunications Company has announced the launch of its X5-Touch satellite phone, the world’s smallest, in its attempt to become a market leader in the satellite communications user market. The Thuraya X5-Touch is the first Android-based satellite and GSM phone in the industry. The new device is aimed at …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Insight – Global Proliferation of Counterspace Capabilities and Space Sustainability

SpaceWatch.Global is a proud partner of the Secure World Foundation, and a greateful recipient of SWF support. The SWF published a new report on 11 April 2018 titled Global Counterspace Capabilities: An Open Source Assessment that provides an exhaustive, comprehensive, incisive, and useful open source guide to global counterspace capabilities and developments, as …

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Israel’s Spacecom to Buy AMOS-8 Through Bonds As Buyout Attempt Expires

Israel’s Spacecom plans to pay for its AMOS-8 communications satellite by raising U.S.$110 million through collateral bonds and bond options, just as the bid by IDB Development Corporation Ltd. to buyout Spacecom’s parent company has expired. Announced in a Tel Aviv Stock Exchange filling on Sunday, Spacecom said it will …

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Japan Considering Military Space Developments With Launch of DSN-1 MILSATCOM Payload

A Japanese military satellite payload, DSN-1, a dedicated military communications payload for the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD), was successfully launched into orbit on-board a SKY Perfect JSAT Superbird-8 communications satellite by Arianespace on 5 April 2018. DSN-1/Superbird-8 is the 19th satellite launched by Arianespace for SKY Perfect JSAT. SKY …

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Nigeria’s Vodacom Business Taps Intelsat to Provide Satellite Broadband In West Africa

Intelsat, the world’s largest satellite communications provider, has signed a deal with Vodacom Business Nigeria to help bridge the digital divide throughout West Africa, expanding its enterprise broadband networks and enabling new and enhanced services throughout the region. Under a new multi-year agreement, Vodacom Business Nigeria will utilise the satellite …

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Russia’s SkolTech to Host SpaceUp Unconference on 21 April 2018

SpaceUp is a worldwide leading space exploration ‘unconference’ platform specifically designed for free exchange of new and interdisciplinary ideas. It brings together students, researchers, entrepreneurs, astronauts, cosmonauts, and space enthusiasts to network, learn, and actively interchange interesting space ideas. Participants can talk or present on any chosen space-related topic from …

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South Korea Could Remove LIG Nex1 Contractor from Satellite Reconnaissance Project

South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development (ADD), an agency of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), has said that it does not rule out finding another contractor to lead the South Korean reconnaissance satellite programme after current contractor, LIG Nex1, is reported to want to lower the requirement standards for …

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U.S. Africa Command Awards SES-O3B Satellite Communications Contract

The U.S. military’s Africa Command (USAFRICOM) has contracted with SES-owned O3B to provide commercial satellite communications to better support its widespread operations across the African continent. SES Government Solutions will provide USAFRICOM with high throughput, low-latency managed satellite communications services in the areas of their operations. It is described as …

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