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Asian Development Bank Gives $50M Financing To Kacific

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $50 million financing package on 2 December 2019 with Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) to provide satellite-based, low cost, high-speed, wholesale broadband internet connections to countries in Asia and the Pacific, especially in remote areas of small island nations in the Pacific, …

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Australian Space Agency And Thales Sign Space Industry Development Agreement

On 3 December 2019 the Australian Space Agency (ASA) signed with French aerospace giant Thales Group an agreement to develop Australian space capabilities. The agreement with the ASA will see Thales provide its know-how and expertise in developing satellite systems. Thales already has a large presence in Australia, providing a …

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U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System MILSATCOM Project Completes Critical Design Review

The Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization (EPS-R) Payload program reached a major program milestone completing a successful Delta Critical Design Review (CDR), Oct. 9. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) is the EPS-R Payload developer via an approximately $410 million contract awarded in February 2018 that runs through December 2023. The CDR …

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Kacific And Tata Communications Ink Global IP Connectivity And Cyber Security Deal

Kacific has selected Tata Communications, a leading global digital infrastructure provider, to provide terrestrial connectivity services as it readies for the launch of its first satellite, Kacific1. Tata Communications will provide global internet and state-of-the-art cyber security services for Kacific’s Ka-band satellite network. “Kacific chose to enter into this arrangement …

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First-of-its-Kind Industry Body Launched to Grow South Africa’s Geospatial Sector

When we think of space, we generally think of SciFi shows such as Star Trek, or humanity’s current plans to send manned missions to Mars. Most people don’t think about space as a business enabler, and yet that is exactly what it has become over the years. The convergence of …

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Australian Space Agency Signs Cooperation Agreement With EOS Space Systems For Laser SSA Development

The Australian Space Agency has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with EOS Space Systems, an Australian company specialising in space tracking systems. Anthony Murfett, Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency said that the joint statement aligns with the Australian Civil Space Strategy, which sets out a …

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NASA Selects TriSept to Support New Round of Cubesat Missions

  TriSept Corporation has announced that it has been selected as a preferred provider to support NASA’s third round of CubeSat missions with dispenser hardware and integration services. As part of a five year, $18 million NASA indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, TriSept will be considered for CubeSat mission …

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The Satellite Industry Welcomes WRC-19 Decisions

The Global Satellite Coalition (GSC), a group of seven trade associations representing the global satellite eco-system, has welcomed the decisions taken at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), Sharm-el-Sheikh, which allow satellite services to continue to bridge digital, education, health and social divides and connect more and more citizens …

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Competitiveness Council Discusses EU Space, Research and Innovation Programmes

EU ministers responsible for research and space convened in Brussels on Friday 29 November for the latest Competitiveness Council meeting. The meeting was chaired by Finnish Minister for Economic Affairs Katri Kulmuni. The Council adopted conclusions on space solutions for a sustainable Arctic and the updated EU bioeconomy strategy and …

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