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HawkEye 360 Starts Satellite-Based Radio Frequency Geolocation Service

HawkEye 360 Inc. has successfully commissioned its three Pathfinder satellites and begun geolocating radio frequency (RF) signals. HawkEye 360 satellites fly in a commercially unique formation that independently pinpoints the geographical origin of a wide range of RF signals. Early test results have already demonstrated successful geolocation of VHF Channels …

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Airbus And Japan’s JSAT Partner To Design SpaceDataHighway Relay Node

Airbus and Japanese telecommunications satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT have signed a cooperation agreement for the design preparation of the EDRS-D node. This third communication node of the SpaceDataHighway system is to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region before 2025. EDRS-D will lead to a significant increase in the system’s …

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Japan’s iSpace Adds NKG Spark Plug As Corporate Partner In Lunar Mission

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD., a manufacturer with over 80 years of experience in spark plugs and ceramics, headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, and lunar exploration company, iSpace Inc., have announced that NGK SPARK PLUG has agreed to participate as a Corporate Partner of the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program …

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UAE’s Thuraya And Panasonic’s ITC Global Partner To Deliver Maritime VSAT Service

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), has partnered with ITC Global to set up Thuraya VSAT+, the ground-breaking maritime satellite service. ITC Global is a subsidiary of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. The partnership gives Thuraya access to Panasonic’s global mobility network, which enables the Ku-band …

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Indonesia’s Nusantara Satu Communications Satellite Successfully Launched By SpaceX

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a Maxar Technologies company, and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that the Nusantara Satu communications satellite, built for Indonesian satellite operator PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. It was launched on 21 February …

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France’s CNES And ArianeGroup Create Arianeworks Accelerator Platform For European Launcher Development

On 21 February 2019 in Paris, France, in the presence of Frédérique Vidal, the French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and ArianeGroup CEO André-Hubert Roussel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create an acceleration platform dedicated to …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Team Successfully Launches Lunar Ambitions With Beresheet

Space IL has successfully launched the first private spacecraft to the Moon. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, 21 February 2019, carrying the Beresheet spacecraft. Beresheet, meaning beginning or genesis in Hebrew, will land on the lunar surface in approximately sixty days and …

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Egypt’s EGYPTSAT-A Successfully Launched By Russia Despite Slight Launch Issue

Egypt’s latest high-resolution Earth observation satellite, EGYPTSAT-A, was successfully launched on board a Soyuz launch vehicle with a Fregat upper stage from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan late on 21 February 2019. While EGYPTSAT-A was eventually placed in its intended orbit at 650 kilometres altitude, there were reportedly some issues …

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Afghanistan Broadcasting System Selects Eutelsat To Provide Capacity For DTH Platform

Eutelsat Communications and Afghanistan Broadcasting System (ABS) have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract for video capacity on the EUTELSAT-53A satellite. ABS will use EUTELSAT-53A’s Ku-band resources over Central Asia to provide nationwide coverage for the launch of its new DTH platform, Oqaab HD+. This platform will be enriched in the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Private Investment Into Chinese Space – Balancing Control With Innovation

By Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan Many would correctly say that much of the innovation in the Western space industry over the past decade has occurred because of the private sector. While billionaires such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos get a disproportionate share of media coverage, there are dozens …

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