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Vietnam Completes Construction of MicroDragon Microsatellite

With the imminent launch of its new microsatellite, MicroDragon, Vietnam is advancing its quest to become an indigenous spacepower – with Japanese support – in an increasingly geopolitically tense neighbourhood. Engineers from the Vietnam Space Center (VNSC) team designed the satellite while attending satellite technology courses in Japan, and with Japanese …

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Kenya’s First Satellite in Orbit, But Still No Space Agency

Kenya’s first indigenously-built satellite was launched by a SpaceX Falcon-9 space launch vehicle to the International Space Station (ISS) on 2 April 2018 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite, called First Kenya University Nano Satellite-Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF) was built by a team from the University of Nairobi, with technical assistance …

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Progress for Virgin Galactic and Orbit, Encouraging News for Saudi and Emirati Investors

After several years hiatus since the crash of VSS Enterprise in 2016, Virgin Galactic successfully carried out a flight test of its VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo spaceplane from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California on 5 April 2018. “We are delighted to report on a major step forward for Virgin Galactic …

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Lockheed Martin Considering Satellite Assembly in Saudi Arabia

Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, visited Lockheed Martin’s satellite manufacturing facilities in California’s Silicon Valley on 5 April 2018, where the prospect of a Saudi Arabian-Lockheed Martin joint venture to assemble satellites in the desert kingdom was discussed. Lockheed Martin “wouldn’t necessarily rule out …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: James Yenbamroong of mu Space

Thai New Space startup mu Space is making big waves in Thailand with its efforts to bridge the digital divide in rural Thailand, and ultimately, in other parts of Southeast Asia, and with its long-term plans to bring commercial space travel to Thailand and the wider region. mu Space brings …

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Pakistan’s PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A Earth Observation Satellites to be Launched by China in June 2018

The Chinese state news outlet Xinhua has reported that the Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS)-1 and PakTES-1A will  be launched in June 2018 from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre using a Long March-2C/SMA space launch vehicle. As of the publication of this report no exact date in June was provided …

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Iran’s Space Agency Chief Extols the Virtues of Iransat-21, Other Satellite Applications

Morteza Barari, head of the Iran Space Agency and deputy minister at the Iranian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology told Mehr News Agency that ordinary Iranians, the economy, and society at large benefit everyday from Earth observation, communications, and positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) satellites without realising it. Speaking …

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Rocket Lab All Set for Responsive Launches, Making New Zealand a Launching Power

U.S. orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has announced its first commercial launch for New Space companies Spire and GeoOptics, further establishing New Zealand as a space launch power. Rocket Lab will open a 14-day launch window beginning 20 April 2018 to conduct its first fully commercial launch. The mission, named ‘It’s …

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U.S. Officials Claim Russia Successfully Tested Nudol ASAT System

U.S. defence officials claim that Russia successfully tested its PL19 – Nudol antisatellite (ASAT) missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on 26 March 2018, according to the online geopolitics and current affairs magazine The Diplomat. The 26 March test was apparently the first to be launched from a transporter-erector launch (TEL) …

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UAE Space Agency Launches Minisatellite Design and Build Competition

In its ongoing path toward developing the human and technical capacities required for a functioning space sector, the UAE has launched a student competition to build mini satellites. The UAE Space Agency, in collaboration with Khalifa University and Boeing Corporation, has announced the STEM-oriented contest called the UAE Mini-Satellite Challenge: …

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