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UAE’s YahSat And Hughes Network Systems Create JV To Provide Satellite Broadband

The UAE’s Yahsat is creating a joint venture with U.S. company Hughes Network Systems to provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services across Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. Hughes will purchase a minority interest in the venture. The new venture will provide unserved and underserved communities with reliable, high-speed …

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Israel Aerospace Industries To Cooperate With Effective Space For Satellite Servicing

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a cooperation agreement with New Space satellite servicing company Effective Space where IAI will be the prime contractor for Effective Space’s SPACE DRONETM capability in return for IAI securing equity investment for Effective Space. Effective Space is developing a unique, small spacecraft to extend …

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China’s New Space Launch Race: ExPace To Launch Kuaizhou-1A Launch Vehicle

Chinese New Space satellite launch company ExPace has delivered its second Kuaizhou-1A launch vehicle to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in preparation for lift-off sometime in September 2018. ExPace will launch its 20-metre-tall, 1.4-meter-diameter Kuaizhou-1A solid-fuelled vehicle to launch a small satellite called Centispace-1-S1. The launch will be the second …

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#SWGLQuickTakes: Deep Background On India’s Gaganyaan Human Spaceflight Programme

SpaceWatch.Global is proud to introduce its #SWGLQuickTakes, a new feature series for subscribers that takes a topical space issue and polls the leading experts to provide an in-depth yet quick views on the context and background of what is going on. To start the series off, we asked three leading …

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São Tomé And Príncipe Signs Space Agreement With India

The government of São Tomé and Príncipe signed an agreement with India to create a space centre on the island that is situated off of Africa’s Equatorial West coast at a ceremony held on 8 September 2018 during a visit to New Delhi by the São Tomé and Príncipe Minister for …

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South Africa Selects MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates RADARSAT-2 Maritime Surveillance Programme

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has selected Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, to provide satellite surveillance data from RADARSAT-2 for maritime domain awareness. This multi-million dollar contract  provide SANSA with a one-year maritime surveillance program which will include the delivery of …

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India’s Gaganyaan Programme To Receive Technical and Medical Support From France’s CNES

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and ISRO Chairman K. Sivan announced today the creation of a French-Indian working group on human spaceflight, thus following up on one of the main commitments made by President Emmanuel Macron after his State visit to India. CNES and ISRO will be combining their expertise …

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India’s Antrix Corporation Sets Out Business Case For ISRO’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle

The Chief Managing Director of the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) commercial arm, the Antrix Corporation, has stated that the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) currently under development will significantly reduce launch costs for small satellites compared to other Indian launch vehicles, and will see a rise in Antrix’ revenues …

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Bahrain And Russia In Talks To Send Astronauts Into Orbit; Roscosmos Mulling Regional Office In Manama

According to several Bahraini and Russian media sources, the Bahraini and Russian governments are in discussions about possibly sending candidates from the small Persian Gulf island to Russia for astronaut training and launch into Earth orbit. “The representatives of the Bahrain Space Science Agency attended a spacecraft launch at Baikonur …

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The Philippines To Sign Space Cooperation Agreement With Russia’s Roscosmos

The Philippines will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Russian national space agency, Roscosmos, that will allow the Southeast Asian country to launch the micro- and nanosatellites it is developing, as well as be a site for a receiving station of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) …

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