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Singapore’s Kacific Selects Kratos To Build KACIFIC-1 Ground Stations

Singapore’s satellite broadband company Kacific has selected Kratos to design and build ground stations for the KACIFIC-1 Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) that will be launched in 2019. This U.S.$11 million deal will enable Kacific to deliver broadband services to the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. Kratos will help address …

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Japan’s PD Aerospace Defines Spaceplane Plans, Costs, And Timeline

Japanese New Space company PD Aerospace intends to develop a space plane capable of carrying passengers by 2023, making it the latest of a growing number of companies in the Asia-Pacific region seeking to enter the small satellite and space tourism market over the coming years. The Nagoya-based company plans …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: HAPs – A Future Complement to Satellite

The satellite industry has long been renowned for its unique ability to deliver connectivity to remote regions of the world, making communications accessible where they previously weren’t available. However, there is a technology that is being trialled by some of the world’s biggest tech companies that promises to enable telecommunications …

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Luxembourg Space Agency Open For Business As New Space Hub

The Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) officially launched operations on 12 September 2018 with the goal of promoting the further economic development of the Grand Duchy’s space industry by attracting businesses, developing human resources, providing innovative financial solutions, and supporting educational and research infrastructure. Unlike many similar organisations abroad, Luxembourg’s space …

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Sultanate Of Brunei To Host Indian Satellite Tracking And Telemetry Station

The Indian government cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been briefed about a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam covering space cooperation and the establishment of a telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C) station in the Southeast Asian country for orbiting satellites …

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UAE’s YahSat And Hughes Network Systems Create JV To Provide Satellite Broadband

The UAE’s Yahsat is creating a joint venture with U.S. company Hughes Network Systems to provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services across Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. Hughes will purchase a minority interest in the venture. The new venture will provide unserved and underserved communities with reliable, high-speed …

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Israel Aerospace Industries To Cooperate With Effective Space For Satellite Servicing

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a cooperation agreement with New Space satellite servicing company Effective Space where IAI will be the prime contractor for Effective Space’s SPACE DRONETM capability in return for IAI securing equity investment for Effective Space. Effective Space is developing a unique, small spacecraft to extend …

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China’s New Space Launch Race: ExPace To Launch Kuaizhou-1A Launch Vehicle

Chinese New Space satellite launch company ExPace has delivered its second Kuaizhou-1A launch vehicle to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in preparation for lift-off sometime in September 2018. ExPace will launch its 20-metre-tall, 1.4-meter-diameter Kuaizhou-1A solid-fuelled vehicle to launch a small satellite called Centispace-1-S1. The launch will be the second …

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#SWGLQuickTakes: Deep Background On India’s Gaganyaan Human Spaceflight Programme

SpaceWatch.Global is proud to introduce its #SWGLQuickTakes, a new feature series for subscribers that takes a topical space issue and polls the leading experts to provide an in-depth yet quick views on the context and background of what is going on. To start the series off, we asked three leading …

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São Tomé And Príncipe Signs Space Agreement With India

The government of São Tomé and Príncipe signed an agreement with India to create a space centre on the island that is situated off of Africa’s Equatorial West coast at a ceremony held on 8 September 2018 during a visit to New Delhi by the São Tomé and Príncipe Minister for …

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