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Australian Space Agency And Airbus Partner To Enhance Aussie Space Industry

The Australian Space Agency (ASA) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a statement of intent that commits the European satellite manufacturer to enhancing the capability and competitiveness of the Australian space and satellite industrial sector. This is the first statement of intent signed between the ASA and an industry …

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Singapore And UK To Jointly Build Quantum Key Distribution Test Satellite

Singapore’s National University of Singapore (NUS) and the United Kingdom’s Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) RAL Space have signed an agreement that paves the way for the joint building of a Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) test satellite to be launched by late 2021. Early demonstration of new quantum space …

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Arianespace To Launch Thailand’s THEOS-2 And South Korea’s KOMPSAT-7 In 2021

Arianespace has announced that it will launch THEOS-II, the very-high-resolution Earth observation optical satellite for Thailand, and KOMPSAT-7 for the Korean Aerspace Research Institute (KARI), in two separate launches on the new Arianespace Vega-C launch vehicle in 2021. The THEOS-II launch agreement is part of a turnkey contract between Airbus …

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ASX-Listed Sky And Space Global Sign MoU With Caribbean States For Narrowband SATCOM Applications

Sky and Space Global (SAS), the New Space narrowband satellite communications company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to explore how SAS’ communications service can be integrated into their respective national telecommunications infrastructure. Under …

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UAE Space Agency To Release National Investment Strategy In October 2018

The UAE Space Agency is preparing a comprehensive strategy for investing in the country’s space sector, in cooperation with relevant UAE federal and individual Emirate authorities, and which will be released in October 2018. Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, the Director-General of the UAE Space Agency, said that the strategy will …

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Angola Using SATCOM Capacity Paid For By Russia As Compensation For AngoSat-1 Failure

Angola’s National Space Programme Management Office (GGPEN) has revealed that it is using capacity on third-party communications satellites paid for by Russia as part of a compensation package for the failure in orbit of AngoSat-1 four months after its launch in late 2017, according to a report in the French-language …

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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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