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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

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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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Uzbekistan And France Sign Framework Agreement for Space Cooperation

Uzbekistan and France have signed a framework agreement on space cooperation during a state visit to Paris by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on 9 October 2018. The agreement was signed in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron by Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Abdulaziz …

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Space Impulse B2B Platform Envisions Online Space Industry Ecosystem

Space industry startup, Space Impulse, has assembled a team of veteran technologists and orbital-class aerospace leaders with a mission to lower costs and accelerate times to orbit by streamlining supply chain integration on a comprehensive, global business-to-business (B2B) platform. The platform is designed specifically to address the challenges of complex, …

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Uzbekistan Looks To France’s Thales To Build Space Capacity, Earth Observation Satellite

France hopes to sell a high-resolution Earth observation satellite to Uzbekistan when President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace on 9 October 2018. If the satellite deal is made, then it will be the culmination of many months of effort by French satellite …

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Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 Successfully Launched By Arianespace

Azercosmos, the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, and Intelsat, one of the largest commercial satellite communications operators in the world, announced on 26 September 2018 the successful launch of the Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 communications satellite aboard an Arianespace Ariane-5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch …

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Azerbaijan’s Azerspace-2 Communications Satellite Ready For Launch By Arianespace

Arianespace is preparing its sixth launch of 2018 as it plans to orbit Azerbaijan’s Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 telecommunications satellite on board an Ariane-5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in South America. The launch, planned for 25 September 2018, also includes the Horizons-3e communications satellite for Intelsat and its partner …

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Kazakhstan And Uzbekistan SATCOM Cooperation And Central Asian Earth Observation Satellite System

The governments of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are considering the joint construction and operation of a communications satellite, and are also looking at proposing a Central Asian Earth observation satellite constellation consisting of five satellites. The Kazakh Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry revealed the joint communications satellite proposal at a …

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