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Planet to Provide Earth Monitoring Services to Thailand’s GISTDA

Planet is set to provide its imagery and analysis to Thailand under an agreement with the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), an agency under Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology. The company will provide the organisation with Planet Basemaps over the country on a quarterly basis which will …

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Pakistan’s PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A Successfully Launched By China

Pakistan’s first high-resolution Earth observation satellite, the Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS) 1, and the country’s first indigenously built test satellite, PakTES-1A, were successfully launched from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre on the morning of Monday, 9 July 2018, on board a Long March-2C satellite launch vehicle. PRSS-1 was built …

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Côte d’Ivoire To Acquire Earth Observation Satellite From Airbus, Rejects China Great Wall Industry Corporation

France’s Airbus Defence and Space appears to have beaten China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) in a bid to provide an Earth observation satellite for the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the West African nation that was formerly a French colony. Ivory Coast has been seeking its first satellite to monitor …

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Thailand’s THEOS-2 Will Be Built By Airbus

In order to accelerate its priorities, the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand (GISTDA) has selected Airbus as partner for its next-generation national geo-information system. Known as THEOS-2, the programme will deliver significant benefits for Thailand’s society including capacity building and is fully in line with the country’s …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Experimental Design Bureau FAKEL

Federal State Unitary Enterprise Experimental Design Bureau FAKEL (hereafter referred to as EDB Fakel) is one of the leading companies in Russia and in the world, having a 55-year experience in development of Electric Propulsion Systems (EPS), and more than a 40-year flight experience in Electric Propulsion Subsystems based on …

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Planet and Airbus Collaborate on New Satellite Imagery Products

Taking the best of both company offerings, Planet and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly develop a new range of satellite imagery products. Both companies have different strengths. Planet’s small satellites deliver daily global coverage of the Earth in lower resolution and Airbus delivers high resolution, but with less …

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Pakistan’s PakTES-1A and PRSS-1 Set To Be Launched By China In July 2018

Pakistan is set to have its indigenously-built Earth observation satellite, PakTES-1A, as well as its Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS)-1, launched by China in July 2018 in a bid to catch up with its geopolitical rival, India. The 285kg PakTES-1A observatory satellite will be fItted with sensors and cameras; it …

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Dmitry Rogozin Appointed New Head of Roscosmos

by Dmitry Oliferovich, Editor SpaceWatch Russia&CIS Last month ex-deputy prime minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin was appointed Director General the Roscosmos Corporation by Vladimir Putin, replacing Igor Komarov, who had headed the agency since 2015. Mr. Rogozin has overseen Russia’s space industry since 2011. He was placed under US sanctions …

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Rocket Lab Signs Agreement With Spaceflight For Three Electron Launches In 2018-2019

Rocket Lab, the U.S.-headquartered small satellite launch provider that launches its rockets from New Zealand, has just announced its partnership with satellite rideshare and mission management provider Spaceflight for three satellite launches through 2018 and into 2019. The first mission, scheduled for the end of 2018, will launch a BlackSky Earth observation microsatellite …

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