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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Denis Malygin of Laboratory ‘Astronomikon’


The Saint-Petersburg-based lab Astronomikon has grown out of a student nanosatellite project. Its founder and CEO Denis Malygin entered the space industry with a background in robotics engineering. He participated in the Tempus-CRIST international project and studied at TU Berlin. Following his return to Russia, Malygin assembled an engineering team …

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Uzbekistan Widens Partnerships For Emerging Space Programme

Uzbekistan is discussing the joint development, manufacture, and operation of a communications satellite with Russia and Kazakhstan, according to media reports in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. This follows reports that the Central Asian state is also in advanced talks with French satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space regarding support for developing capacity …

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Russia To Set Up SSA Observatories Along Arctic Ocean Coast

Russian scientists, with the support of the Russian government, intend to place a number of ground-based observatories in the Nenets Autonomous Region on Russia’s Northwest Arctic Ocean coast for the purposes of providing space situational awareness (SSA) of satellites and space debris in Polar orbits as the pass over the …

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Kazakhstan To Launch Two Satellites On Board SpaceX Vandenberg Launch

Two Kazakh satellites are due to be launched on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 19 November 2018, marking further milestone’s for Kazakhstan’s independent space capabilities. The first satellite, KazSTSAT, is a remote sensing capability built by UK satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite …

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China and Russia Sign Agreement For BeiDou And GLONASS GNSS Cooperation

China and Russia have signed a cooperative agreement on 7 November 2018 covering their respective global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), BeiDou and GLONASS. The agreement was one of a number of energy and trade deals signed by Chinese Premier Le Keqiang and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a visit …

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Moscow To Deny OneWeb Satellite Broadband Access To Russia To Preserve Internet Sovereignty

The Russian government has stated that it will not allow OneWeb, the U.S. satellite communications start-up building a 900-satellite megaconstellation, to provide satellite broadband Internet in Russia, citing national security concerns that the company might provide access to an open Internet that is out Moscow’s control. This statement comes despite …

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Belarus State University’s BSUSat-1 Successfully Launched From China

Belarus State University’s BSUSat-1 was successfully launched by a Chinese Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle on Monday, 29 October 2018, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China. BSUSat-1 was launched as one of five piggyback payloads, with the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) being the primary payload. BSUSat-1 …

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U.S. Accuses Russia Of Developing Antisatellite Laser, Other Counterspace Weapons

The United States has accused Russia at the United Nations of developing a range of anti satellite (ASAT) weapons, to include air-launched missiles, lasers, and satellites capable of rendezvousing with their targets in orbit, despite Moscow’s attempts to introduce a proposed treaty that would ban such weapons. “The United States …

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Russia May Resume Rokot-2 Launches In 2021 With Russian-Made Control Systems


Russian launch provider Eurokot has suggested that its Rokot-2 light launcher could resume service in 2021 now that the launch vehicle uses Russian-made control systems. The last Rokot-2 launch occurred in April 2018 using the last launcher that used Ukrainian-made control systems. SpaceWatch Russia & CIS reported in August 2018 …

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AzerCosmos Courted By Airbus In French Race For Central Asian Satellite Market

Airbus Defence and Space has offered to build capacity in and boost the Azerbaijani space industry, according to Airbus Vice-President for Eurasia Silvere Delaunay. “Airbus has developed important relationships with AzerCosmos. Airbus would like to become part of the Azerbaijan’s space industry as a long term partner for the future …

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