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NIGCOMSAT Selects Newtec To Power Its Ka-Band Satellite Broadband Services

Newtec, the Belgian specialist company in the design, development and manufacture of equipment for satellite communications, announced on 12 November 2018 its technology will be used by leading satellite operator NIGCOMSAT as it expands its enterprise, government, and consumer Ka-band broadband services in Nigeria. Following on from its continued success …

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Finland’s ICEYE To Launch ICEYE-X2 SAR Satellite On SpaceX Falcon-9

ICEYE, the Finnish Earth observation company creating the world’s largest synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation, confirmed on 8 November 2018 that it is launching the company’s second SAR satellite, ICEYE-X2, into low Earth orbit on Spaceflight’s SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission. The mission is currently targeted to launch on 19 …

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Tunisia To Host Second China-Arab Forum On BeiDou GNSS Use

Tunisia will host the second forum on Chinese and Arab country cooperation on the use and adoption of the Chinese global navigation satellite system (GNSS), named BeiDou, in the first half of 2019. The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will provide services to countries and regions involved in the China-led …

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New Zealand’s CSST Partners With NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory For ECOSTRESS Project

New Zealand’s Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) announced on 12 November 2018 their role in facilitating their first international space mission partnership, as a calibration and validation (cal/val) partner for the NASA ECOSTRESS mission. ECOSTRESS is a scientific mission that will measure the temperature of plants and use that …

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Australia’s Fleet Space Technologies’ First Satellites Launched By Rocket Lab

Fleet Space Technologies’ first two satellites, Proxima I and II, were launched on 11 November 2018 on-board Rocket Lab’s manifest, It’s Business Time. This launch marks Australia’s first ever commercial CubeSats in orbit. The launch of the two CubeSats at Launch Complex-1 on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula represent a huge …

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Rocket Lab Makes ‘It’s Business Time’ Successful Commercial Debut With New Zealand Launch

Rocket Lab has continued the success of its 2018 orbital launch program with the launch of seven payloads to orbit on 11 November 2018. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time,’ marks Rocket Lab’s second successful orbital launch and deployment of customer satellites. Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle lifted-off from Launch …

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French Joint Space Command Outlines Satellite Protection Courses Of Action

Following revelations in September 2018 by French defence minister Florence Parly that Russian reconnaissance satellites had maneuvered close to the Athena-Fidus Franco-Italian communications satellite in 2017 in a suspected act of espionage, the French Joint Space Command and the Ministry of Defence are preparing a space defence strategy that will …

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Australia’s Fleet Space Technologies Next Satellite To Launch From India In November 2018

Spaceflight, a satellite rideshare and mission management company, has announced that it will launch twelve satellites on board an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) later in November 2018, to include a satellite for Australian New Space company Fleet Space Technologies, who are having two satellites …

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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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Ethiopia Mulls Creating Space, Cyber Commands As Part of Defence Reforms

As part of significant defence reforms being proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia is considering the creation of a Cyber Security and Space Force, that if implemented, will operate under the command of the Ethiopian military. The proposed reforms also call for the creation of an Ethiopian naval base, …

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