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Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu-1 Communications Satellite Shipped to Florida for Launch Preparations

Bangladesh’s space ambitions are closer to reality. The Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite has been shipped to Florida for its upcoming launch. The satellite’s manufacturer, Thales Alenia Space of France, has sent it from its warehouse in Cannes for arrival on 30 March 2018. American space launch company SpaceX, which is assigned …

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Azerbaijan Seeks Satellite Cooperation With Saudi Arabia

The Azeri ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Shahin Abdullayev, has told reporters that Azerbaijan seeks to enter into cooperative agreements with Saudi Arabia in satellite technology, petrochemicals, energy, agriculture, and tourism. “We launched two satellites and we reached advanced levels in this sector. We aim to be among the top producers …

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#SpaceWatchGL Middle East Space Roundup – March 27, 2018

SpaceWatch.Global is providing a new weekly feature that provides a brief summary and roundup of space activities and satellite industry developments in Africa, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, and Russia and the CIS that have not been reported in-depth by our team. This past week in the Middle East, the following occurred: …

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2018 to be Active Year for Pakistani Space, With Chinese Help

Often cast in the shadow of the space activities of its Indian neighbour, Pakistan’s space programme is all-too-often ignored. 2018, however, may be the year that Islamabad’s space ambitions pass some critical milestones, albeit with help from its other neighbour, China. Earlier in March, Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research …

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Israel’s Spacecom Selects Space Systems Loral to Build AMOS-8 Over IAI

Following the SpaceWatch.Global report that Israel’s Spacecom is looking to purchase a new satellite to be called AMOS-8, we can now report that Spacecom has selected U.S. satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, to build the new satellite, instead of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) as …

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Israel’s Spacecom Looking to Acquire AMOS-8, End AsiaSat Lease

Israeli fleet operator Spacecom is very close to purchasing a new satellite, named AMOS-8. This forthcoming purchase is a sign of a turnaround for Spacecom, as well as a bet on the troubled company’s future. Back-to-back spacecraft losses in 2015 and 2016 turned Spacecom from an expanding business into a …

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Commercial Alternatives: The Issues and Challenges of the Russian Space Industry – Part III

In part three of a three-part feature, Vitaly Egorov describes Russia’s modern posture in space and the challenges and possible ways of development of the national space industry. In this third and final part, Vitaly looks at how commercial alternatives can help fulfill Russia’s space ambitions and honour its heritage.  Commercial Alternative …

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Nigeria’s NigComSat in Talks With Türksat to Jointly Develop Markets in Africa

Struggling NigComSat is looking to Türksat to develop its satellite communications market in Africa. The Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd, NigComSat, has been talking with Turkish satellite operator, Türksat A.S., about the possibility of expanding their market across various industries to deepen services at more affordable rates. NigComSat and Türksat were …

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Thailand’s ThaiCom Expands Footprint Through Canal+ Broadcast Into Myanmar

Thaicom Public Company Limited, one of Asia’s leading satellite and digital platform operators, announced that it has signed a multiyear contract with CANAL+ Overseas Myanmar, a CANAL+ subsidiary in charge of broadcasting internationally. This deal is part of CANAL+ Myanmar’s launch of a pay TV Direct-To-Home (DTV) service platform. CANAL+ …

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Greece Creates Space Agency in Bid for Economic and Strategic Benefits

The Greek space agency – known formally as the Hellenic Space Agency – was officially announced on Monday, 19 March, 2018, in Athens by the Greek Minister for Digital Policy and Media, Nikos Pappas, and the General Secretary of Telecommunications and Post, Vassilis Maglaras. Speaking at the launch event, Nikos …

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