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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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Development In Africa With Radio Astronomy (DARA) Project Wins Better Satellite World Award

A team including satellite communications innovator Goonhilly Earth Station and a consortium of universities and institutes led by the University of Leeds’ School of Physics and Astronomy today announced that they have won a Better Satellite World Award for the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project. DARA, a Newton Fund project …

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace’s Zhuque-1 Launch Fails In First Orbit Bid

Chinese New Space launch company LandSpace suffered a failure of the third stage of its Zhuque-1 satellite launch vehicle Saturday, 27 October 2018, as it attempted to become the first Chinese private launch company to reach orbit, according to Andrew Jones in Space News. The three-stage Zhuque-1 launch vehicle, named …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: A Fond Farewell From Michael Simpson Of The Secure World Foundation

After seven fruitful years with the Secure World Foundation, Michael K. Simpson is retiring from his role as Executive Director. Dr. Simpson joined SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening was …

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New Zealand Startup ZENNO Astronautics Blazes Path For Kiwi New Space

New Zealand startup ZENNO Astronautics, a satellite propulsion and software company founded by three students at the University of Auckland, has won a NZ$25,000 (U.S.$16,240) share of a NZ$100,000 (U.S.$64,950) total prize fund of the university’s 2018 Velocity Challenge. ZENNO Astronautics was founded in 2017 with the aim of developing …

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China’s New Space Race: Spacety To Deliver Four Payloads On Long March 2C On 29 October

Spacety, a Chinese small satellite startup, is set to launch four CubeSats for a range of clients on a Long March 2C launch vehicle on Monday, 29 October 2018, according to GBTimes’Andrew Jones. The four satellites were delivered from Spacety’s facility to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre during the first …

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