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SpaceX Successfully Launches SmallSat Express For Middle East, European, and Asian Customers

SpaceX successfully launched its Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission to low-Earth orbit on Monday, 3 December 2018 at 10:34am PST, from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California using a Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicle. A total of 64 spacecraft from 34 organizations will be …

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Morgan Stanley Forecasts Space As A Trillion-Dollar Industry By 2040

It’s been nearly half a century since humans left footprints on the moon and during that time human space exploration has largely centered on manned low-Earth orbit missions and unmanned scientific exploration. But now, high levels of private funding, advances in technology, and growing public-sector interest is renewing the call …

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Brexit Lost In Orbit: UK Officially Withdraws From Galileo; UK Space Minister Resigns

Britain has officially withdrawn from the European Union’s (EU) Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) because of fears that the UK will have no influence over the technological and policy direction of the satellite project after the country leaves the EU early in 2019. The decision reflects one of the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Dr. Scott Pace Of The U.S. National Space Council, Part I

The United States National Space Council was re-established by President Donald J. Trump in 2017 after ceasing operations in 1993. The Council works to develop a strategy for national space activities and also to foster co-operation with other countries and space agencies in order to advance the U.S. space agenda …

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India Successfully Launches PSLV-C43 With HysIS EO Satellite And 30 Nanosats From Eight Countries

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV-C43 lifted off at 0957 hrs (IST) on 29 November 2018 from the First Launch Pad (FLP) at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, and successfully launched India’s Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) and 30 international co-passenger satellites. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Reading The Tea Leaves – What Can We Learn About The Chinese Space Industry From CCAF 2018?

Editor’s Note: SpaceWatch.Global is proud to welcome Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan as guest columnists on China’s commercial and New Space scene. Today we publish their first monthly column.  By Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan The China Commercial Aerospace Forum (CCAF) 2018, held in Wuhan in late September, was significant for …

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Arianespace To Launch ISRO’s GSAT-11 And KARI’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A In December 2018

Arianespace will carry out a Launch Readiness Review (LRR) at the Guiana Space Centre on 3 December 2018 of the Ariane 5 satellite launch vehicle that will loft the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-11 communications satellite and the Korean Aerospace Research Institute’s GEO-KOMPSAT-2A meteorological satellite, and so authorize the …

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South Korea Successfully Tests KSLV-II Rocket Engine In Suborbital Flight

South Korea successfully conducted its rocket engine test for the Korean Space Launch Vehicle-II (KSLV-II) on 28 November 2018 in a suborbital launch, clearing the way for the development of its own satellite launch vehicle. The engine test was originally scheduled for 25-31 October 2018 but was delayed due to …

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Roscosmos Announces Marathon IoT Constellation Amidst Brewing Financial Scandal And Security Row

The Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, has announced its intention to build a constellation of satellites called Marathon to serve the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market, as part of its Sphere satellite system. The announcement comes amidst an audit into Roscosmos over missing billions of rubles, as well as …

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UK’s Goonhilly Earth Station, Airbus, Part of Australian SmartSat CRC Partnership

Satellite communications innovator and space gateway Goonhilly Earth Station has joined the consortium backing the SmartSat CRC (co-operative research centre), a proposed space research initiative which plans to drive the Australian space industry through satellite technologies and analytics. Led by the University of South Australia (UniSA), Airbus Defence and Space, …

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