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South Korea Picks Korea Aerospace Industries Over LIG Nex1 As Satellite Reconnaissance Preferred Bidder

As previously reported in SpaceWatch.Global, South Korea has followed through on its threat to change the preferred bidder for its five-satellite reconnaissance constellation, tapping Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to lead the programme. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) named the consortium of local Korea Aerospace Industries, along with Hanwha Systems …

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Pakistan To Create Space Programme In Order To Compete With India

In order to compete with its main geopolitical rival, India, Pakistan is beginning to organise and expand its space resources. Pakistan is set to launch an ambitious space programme in the next fiscal year. Its primary goals include contending with Indian space developments. as well as reducing its own dependence …

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Nigeria’s NigComSat and Turkey’s Turksat Agree to Strategic Partnership in African SATCOM Market

Nigeria’s NigComSat and Turkey’s Turksat have agreed to jointly carve out a share of the satellite communications market in Africa, where they will collaborate to ensure the deployment of satellite solutions. A statement from NigComSat announced the agreement, which provides for a framework of cooperation between the two satellite operators …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Daniel Campbell of Effective Space

Effective Space is poised to launch two spacecraft in 2020 that promise to transform our capabilities in space through in-orbit servicing. These SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft can extend the life of satellites that are reaching the end of their operational term, giving them a new lease of life, and enabling operators …

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Ursa to Extract Oil Demand Information from ICEYE’s Satellite Data

Two NewSpace companies are set to leverage their synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and data analytics capabilities to help decision makers across the oil industry. At the GEOINT Symposium ICEYE, an Earth observation company providing synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) data, and Ursa Space Systems (Ursa), a Space data analytics company announced an …

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Yahsat purchases majority stake in Thuraya and enhances UAE’s position in global space industry

Yahsat has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in the mobile satellite services operator Thuraya, also based in the UAE, subject to final pre-closing conditions being met. The acquisition of the UAE’s first home grown satellite operator, Thuraya, will significantly expand Yahsat’s current …

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ArianeGroup to propel Effective Space SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft into orbit

A UK-headquartered company is pioneering last-mile logistics in space and has announced a strategic partnership with ArianeGroup for the provision of electric propulsion systems for its SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft. Effective Space, based in London, is preparing to deploy and operate a fleet of small SPACE DRONE™ spacecraft that will deliver, …

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EU “adjustment” to Galileo role forces UK to consider rival system

The UK is seriously considering the development of its own satellite navigation system as a reaction to the “adjustment” of UK involvement in the EU Galileo programme, post Brexit. A row has erupted between London and Brussels after the EU revealed that UK companies could potentially be prevented from having …

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