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Vietnam’s MicroDragon Launches By End Of 2018, To Chair CEOS For 2019

Vietnam is set to have its MicroDragon Earth observation satellite launched from Japan in December 2018, while it also prepares to take the chair of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) in January 2019, further cementing Vietnam’s status as a major space power in Southeast Asia. The launch of …

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Singapore’s Global Invacom Suspends Trading Amid Acquisition Talks

Satellite communications equipment provider Global Invacom Group called for trading in its shares to be suspended on Tuesday, 23 October 2018, before the Singaporean stock market opened, revealing that its negotiations regarding a possible reverse acquisition are taking longer than expected. Global Invacom had called for a trading halt before …

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Indonesia Announces Multifunctional Satellite Project Tender, Winner To Be Selected By End 2018

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has launched the tender for its Multifunctional Satellite Project at the Creative & Innovative Financing Forum held in Bali, Indonesia, according to a report in SpaceTech Asia. Kominfo also announced that the winners of the satellite tender will be announced at the …

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Israeli Government Comptroller Says Israel Space Agency Underfunded, Vulnerable To National Security Failings

Israel’s civilian space programme is in crisis due to chronic underfunding and the continuous outsourcing of satellite communications acquisitions to foreign satellite manufacturers, according to the annual report of the Israeli State Comptroller. In the report, released on 22 October 2018, the State Comptroller Joseph Shapira wrote that, as of July …

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Intelsat Invests In AMN To Leverage Access To Rural African Satellite Broadband Market

Intelsat S.A. and Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) have announced that Intelsat has made a strategic investment in AMN. The purpose of the investment is to accelerate the deployment of mobile connectivity to unserved communities across multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Given the economic and geographic complexities of expanding mobile connectivity …

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Japan’s New Space Sector Buoyed Up, But Is It Meeting Market Needs?

The Japanese New Space sector has never had it so good, though no one denies that there is much more to do. Investments are up, a robust ecosystem is emerging, and the Japanese government and large trading houses are now supportive of the sector: significant progress when compared to just …

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ASX-Listed Sky And Space Global’s Pearl Nanosatellite Passes CDR

Sky and Space Global (SAS), the New Space narrowband satellite communications company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has announced that its Pearl nanosatellite has passed a Critical Design Review (CDR) and is now ready for construction and integration. The CDR concluded that the design presented by GomSpace to …

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India’s Military To Create Defence Space And Cyber Agencies As Part of Reforms

The Indian government’s Cabinet Committee on Security has approved the creation of the Defence Cyber Agency, the Defence Space Agency, and the Special Operations Division as part of ongoing defence reforms designed to deal with emerging and new threats, according to government sources quoted in the Indian media. All three …

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Russia May Resume Rokot-2 Launches In 2021 With Russian-Made Control Systems

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Russian launch provider Eurokot has suggested that its Rokot-2 light launcher could resume service in 2021 now that the launch vehicle uses Russian-made control systems. The last Rokot-2 launch occurred in April 2018 using the last launcher that used Ukrainian-made control systems. SpaceWatch Russia & CIS reported in August 2018 …

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South Korea Postpones KSLV-II Engine Test Due To Fuel Pressurization Problem

The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has announced that it is postponing the planned engine test of its Korean Space Launch Vehicle-II (KSLV-II) rocket engine after a pre-test check found a problem with the engine’s propellant pressurization system. The single-stage rocket with South Korea’s first home-made booster engine was scheduled …

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