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Israel’s Spacecom Cancels AMOS-8 Satellite Order With Space Systems Loral

After the Israeli government’s decision to subsidize Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to build the AMOS-8 communications satellite, Spacecom has informed U.S. satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL) that it is cancelling its March 2018 contract for them to build the satellite. According to various media reports, Spacecom notified the Tel …

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Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 Successfully Launched By Arianespace

Azercosmos, the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, and Intelsat, one of the largest commercial satellite communications operators in the world, announced on 26 September 2018 the successful launch of the Azerspace-2/Intelsat-38 communications satellite aboard an Arianespace Ariane-5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch …

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China Creates Virtual Ground Stations In Ten Countries For EO Data

China’s Institute of Aerospace Information Research has helped ten countries install virtual ground stations in order to receive remote sensing data, it was announced last week. A virtual ground station (VGS) is a suite of computers, software, and communication links that connect a remote user to the physical ground stations …

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India’s BSNL Partners With Japan’s Softbank And NTT Communications To Provide 5G And IoT Coverage

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the Indian state-run telecommunications company, is partnering with Japan’s Softbank and NTT Communications to provide 5G networks and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity across India, including through Softbank’s OneWeb satellite constellation that is currently under construction. “We have signed an agreement with SoftBank and NTT …

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Kazakhstan And Uzbekistan SATCOM Cooperation And Central Asian Earth Observation Satellite System

The governments of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are considering the joint construction and operation of a communications satellite, and are also looking at proposing a Central Asian Earth observation satellite constellation consisting of five satellites. The Kazakh Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry revealed the joint communications satellite proposal at a …

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Italy’s e-GEOS To Supply COSMO-SkyMed Imagery To Indonesia And Japan

e-GEOS, a company jointly owned by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Telespazio, has won new contracts in Indonesia and Japan to provide satellite imagery and geospatial intelligence from the COSMO-SkyMed Earth observation satellite constellation for maritime domain awareness and other applications. In Indonesia, e-GEOS won an international tender in …

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Kazakhstan And Russia Discuss Cooperation on Baiterek Programme, Baikonur, And Satellite Communications

The First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, has discussed the implementation of the joint Baiterek project in Moscow with the Director General of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, Dmitry Rogozin, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan said in a statement on 17 September …

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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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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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South Africa Selects MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates RADARSAT-2 Maritime Surveillance Programme

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has selected Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, to provide satellite surveillance data from RADARSAT-2 for maritime domain awareness. This multi-million dollar contract  provide SANSA with a one-year maritime surveillance program which will include the delivery of …

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