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CORRECTED: Sky and Space Global Responds To Gomspace Nonpayment Reports

Following reports earlier this week that Australian Stock Exchange-listed Sky and Space Global (SAS) had missed scheduled payments to its satellite manufacturer GomSpace, the narrowband satellite communications company that aims to put in orbit a constellation of Nanosatellites called ‘Pearls’ by 2020, said that the outstanding payments will be settled …

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Switzerland’s Astrocast Launches 3 New ‘Pilots’ For Affordable IoT

Swiss satellite operator, Astrocast, has lofted three new pilot Nanosatellites that promote affordable Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. The pilots are designed specifically for IoT applications and Astrocast’s two-way system allows companies to monitor and control their remote assets, including over-the-air upgrades at lower latency and cost than existing satellite …

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Japan’s Infostellar Partners With UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult For Ground Station Access

The Satellite Applications Catapult and Infostellar have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide UK businesses with enhanced access to the Satellite Applications Catapult’s ground station in Goonhilly, Cornwall. The Catapult’s ground station is the primary ground location for its In Orbit Demonstration (IOD) programme – a unique service …

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ASX-Listed Sky And Space Global Misses Payments To GomSpace For Pearls CubeSats

Danish CubeSat manufacturer has apparently slow-rolled manufacturing of 200 Pearl CubeSats for the Australian Stock Exchange-listed New Space company Sky and Space Global after two payments thought to be worth U.S.$2.3 million have been missed, according to a report in Space News. The total contract between GomSpace and Sky and …

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Chinese New Space: LandSpace Opens Huzhou Rocket Production Facility

China’s first private satellite launch vehicle production facility has begun operations in the city of Huzhou, located in east China’s Zhejiang Province, according to the privately-owned and  Beijing-based launch vehicle manufacturer LandSpace. The company told China’s Xinhua News Agency on 28 December 2018 that their production facility, that includes a …

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Indian Parliament Likely To Introduce Commercial Space Bill In 2019

The Indian government is likely to introduce the 2017 Space Activities Bill, which will allow the commercial use of space in India, in the 2019 budget session, according to a report in the Hindustan Times. “Steps are being taken …. So that the Bill could be possibly introduced during the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Big Ambitions From China’s SmallSat Companies

By Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan Over the past five years, and in particular over the past two to three years, the Chinese space industry has seen a dramatic increase in private company involvement. While these companies tend to be relatively small, they are great in number, with over 60 …

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Kiwi-Dutch Dawn Aerospace Raises $2.24 Million For Spaceplane Concept

Dawn Aerospace, a New Zealand-Dutch startup building 100% reusable rockets for satellite delivery, has raised NZ$3.35 million (U.S.$2.24 million) of investment from Kiwi, American, and Dutch investors. The money will be used to commercialise its world-leading satellite propulsion systems and begin development of it’s Mk-II Spaceplane. The company makes reusable …

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Singapore’s Astroscale Meets With GK Launch Services To Discuss ELSA-d Launch

GK Launch Services, a subsidiary of Glavkosmos, Lavochkin Association, and Astroscale Japan Inc. held a kick-off meeting in Moscow on 12 December 2018 under the agreement on launch services for the Astroscale End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) satellite. ELSA-d will be orbited within a Soyuz-2 cluster mission that is scheduled …

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