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Nigeria Lobbies To Host African Union Space Centre

Nigeria is lobbying the African Union (AU) to host its African Space Centre, according to a report published in the Nigerian newspaper Independent on 29 October 2018. The Nigerian Minister for Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, advocated on behalf of the Nigerian government to the African Union panel assessing selected African …

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Australia’s Fleet Space Technologies Taps Rocket Lab To Launch First Proxima CubeSats

Australian New Space satellite communications company Fleet Space Technologies has selected U.S. commercial satellite launch company Rocket Lab to launch two Proxima small satellites from Rocket Lab’s New Zealand launch complex in November 2018. This pair of identical 1.5 U CubeSats are designed and built by Fleet. The satellites will …

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Rick Tumlinson Turns His Hand To Blockchain Space Applications With SpaceFund Venture

The world’s first space security token was announced on 29 October 2018 at the Zurich Crypto Summit, by SpaceFund Inc., a Texas-based venture capital firm focused on using new blockchain technology to fund ‘frontier enabling’ space startups. “SpaceFund’s goal is to support the development and profitability of amazing new space …

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Moscow To Deny OneWeb Satellite Broadband Access To Russia To Preserve Internet Sovereignty

The Russian government has stated that it will not allow OneWeb, the U.S. satellite communications start-up building a 900-satellite megaconstellation, to provide satellite broadband Internet in Russia, citing national security concerns that the company might provide access to an open Internet that is out Moscow’s control. This statement comes despite …

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China’s New Space Race: Successful Long March 2C Launch For Spacety Commercial Payloads

A Chinese Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle successfully took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China on Monday, 29 October 2018, lofting the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) as its primary payload as well as four Cubesats for Chinese New Space satellite manufacturer Spacety. One other satellite belonging to …

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Belarus State University’s BSUSat-1 Successfully Launched From China

Belarus State University’s BSUSat-1 was successfully launched by a Chinese Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle on Monday, 29 October 2018, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China. BSUSat-1 was launched as one of five piggyback payloads, with the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) being the primary payload. BSUSat-1 …

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UAE’s KhalifaSat Successfully Launched From Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre

The UAE’s KhalifaSat high-resolution Earth observation satellite was successfully launched into orbit on board a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA satellite launch vehicle from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre at 13:08hrs Japanese time (08:08hrs UAE time) on Monday, 29 October 2018. Approximately two hours after launch KhalifaSat successfully separated from the …

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Philippines’ Diwata-2 Satellite Successfully Launched On Japanese H-IIA Launcher

The Philippines’ Diwata 2 remote sensing satellite was successfully launched into orbit on board a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA satellite launch vehicle from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre on Monday, 29 October 2018. Fortunato dela Peña, Secretary of the Filipino Department of Science and Technology (DOST), personally witnessed the launch …

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U.S. Accuses Russia Of Developing Antisatellite Laser, Other Counterspace Weapons

The United States has accused Russia at the United Nations of developing a range of anti satellite (ASAT) weapons, to include air-launched missiles, lasers, and satellites capable of rendezvousing with their targets in orbit, despite Moscow’s attempts to introduce a proposed treaty that would ban such weapons. “The United States …

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