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Chinese New Space: OneSpace and iSpace Prepare For Orbital Launches In Early 2019

The end of 2014 saw an important development for the Chinese launch sector when the government allowed private capital investment into the Chinese launch and small satellite sectors. Since then, there has been rapid development in small satellite launch vehicles with around 10 new companies emerging as a result. Andrew …

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Thales Alenia Space And SSL Complete Systems Requirements Review Of Telesat’s LEO Low-Latency SATCOM Constellation

Thales Alenia Space, the Joint Venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%)  and Space Systems Loral (SSL), a Maxar Technologies company, have completed an important milestone for the Telesat LEO constellation. The success of the consortium’s System Requirements Review (SRR) demonstrates increasing momentum for Telesat’s global communications system design and …

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Egypt Receives $72 Million Grant From China For EgyptSat-2 Project

China has agreed to grant U.S.$72 million for the EgyptSat-2 Earth observation satellite programme under a contract signed on 21 January 2019. This is the third grant provided by China to Egypt for the satellite project, with an initial grant of U.S.$23 million given in 2016, and a second grant …

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SES Networks To Provide Low-Latency SATCOM Connectivity To African Mine Operator

Resolute Mining Limited is revolutionising its operations in Mali by bringing high-speed, low-latency connectivity to its Syama mining site, SES has announced. The fully-managed SES Networks satellite data connectivity solution enables enterprise cloud applications and helps enhance safety and productivity. Resolute Mining is building the world’s first purpose-built, fully automated …

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European Military Space: European Union Commissioner Calls For European Space Force Discussion

Some unnamed European Union member states are discussing the possibility of creating a European space force according to Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, and Entrepreneurship and who is also in charge of EU space policy. “Several member states are considering just now ways to strengthen their …

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Luxembourg And Belgium To Cooperate In Exploration And Exploitation Of Space Resources

Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Kingdom of Belgium, and Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, signed a joint declaration at the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels on 23 January 2019 in which the …

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Indian Military Space: ISRO Launches MicroSat-R Imaging Satellite For DRDO

A military Earth observation satellite made by several laboratories within India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and called MicroSat-R was launched on board an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on 24 January 2019 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. DRDO has …

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Thailand’s mu Space Unveils Space Exploration Ambitions

Thailand’s mu Space is heading for the Final Frontier as it announced plans to participate in projects with the U.S. space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and space exploration initiatives. The announcement, that came during the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s (PTC) conference earlier this week, saw mu Space …

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ESPI Brief: On the importance of narratives in outer space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 21: ‘On the importance of narratives in outer space ’, originally published in March 2018. On February 6th 2018, at Kennedy Space Centre …

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Russian Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Claims Kremlin Made Seventh Test Of Nudol ASAT Missile

Anonymous U.S. intelligence officials have told American news outlet CNBC that Russia tested its PL-19 Nudol anti-satellite (ASAT) direct-ascent missile on 23 December 2018, making it the seventh test of the system if the U.S. claims are true. The PL-19 Nudol flew for a total of 17 minutes over a distance of nearly 3,000 …

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