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China Creates Belt and Road Disaster Monitoring Mechanism With Fengyun Satellites

The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) has created a disaster response, mitigation, and monitoring mechanism for countries along its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) using its Fengyun Earth observation meteorological satellites. Countries that experience extreme weather, natural disaster, or some other catastrophe can enlist CMA satellite assistance via the World Meteorological …

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Firefly Aerospace Receives Vital U.S. Air Force Support for Launch Operations

Firefly Aerospace, the New Space launch company revamped by US investor of Ukrainian descent Max Polyakov, has received important support from the U.S. Air Force to use the launch facilities at Vandenberg AFB in California for its Alpha and Beta launch vehicles, marking a milestone in the company’s quest to …

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China’s Shenzhen Aerospace Dongfanghong HIT Satellite Ltd. Showcases Its Portfolio

Chinese microsatellite manufacturer Shenzhen Aerospace Dongfanghong HIT Satellite Ltd. opened its doors to journalists recently to showcase its products in an effort to promote the export of its technologies. Shenzhen Aerospace is one of China’s leading microsatellite manufacturers, with its satellites starting at U.S.$3 million. Shenzhen Aerospace offers communications, remote …

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Nigeria’s NigComSat Confirms Acquisition of Two Satellites From China Great Wall Industry Corp.

A senior executive from Nigeria’s NigComSat has confirmed to the Nigerian press that the satellite communications company is to acquire two additional satellites from the China Great Wall Industry Corporation. This confirmation follows an agreement between NigComSat and Chinese development banks to provide Nigeria with U.S.$500 million in aid to …

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Arab Space Leaders Commit to Regional Cooperation, Provide Update on Programmes

Leaders and senior officials from a number of Arab space agencies have committed themselves to further regional space cooperation, and provided updates on their national space programmes, at the Global Aerospace Summit 2018 held at the St. Regis Hotel on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island on 30 April and 1 May …

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South Korea Picks Korea Aerospace Industries Over LIG Nex1 As Satellite Reconnaissance Preferred Bidder

As previously reported in SpaceWatch.Global, South Korea has followed through on its threat to change the preferred bidder for its five-satellite reconnaissance constellation, tapping Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to lead the programme. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) named the consortium of local Korea Aerospace Industries, along with Hanwha Systems …

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Pakistan To Create Space Programme In Order To Compete With India

In order to compete with its main geopolitical rival, India, Pakistan is beginning to organise and expand its space resources. Pakistan is set to launch an ambitious space programme in the next fiscal year. Its primary goals include contending with Indian space developments. as well as reducing its own dependence …

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Nigeria’s NigComSat and Turkey’s Turksat Agree to Strategic Partnership in African SATCOM Market

Nigeria’s NigComSat and Turkey’s Turksat have agreed to jointly carve out a share of the satellite communications market in Africa, where they will collaborate to ensure the deployment of satellite solutions. A statement from NigComSat announced the agreement, which provides for a framework of cooperation between the two satellite operators …

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