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China Developing In-Orbit Transport Vehicle For Satellite Life Extension

With a number of Western satellite companies developing in-orbit servicing capabilities that can refuel, maintain, and even upgrade communications satellites already in orbit, it was only a matter of time before China started to develop its own capability. Last week Chinese engineers announced that they have done just that, but …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Russian Private Space Companies: A Brief Overview

The history of the market economy in Russia can be traced back more than a quarter of a century, but the country’s private space sector began to emerge relatively recently: most of the industry players known today joined the market only about 5 years ago. This can be explained by …

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Israel’s Gilat Bags Another Satellite Backhaul Customer In Latin America

Israel’s Gilat is expanding its geographical reach: a major Latin American telecommunications provider has selected Gilat to provide satellite backhaul for a mobile telephone network. Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a global provider of satellite-based broadband communications announced yesterday that it was chosen for a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network satellite backhaul …

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Nigeria’s NigComSat Mired In Accusations Of Excessive Pricing Policy

Nigerian media has reported that foreign telecommunication companies are refusing to use the services of NIGCOMSAT-1R because it is far more expensive than current market prices elsewhere, leading to claims that Nigeria’s indigenous satellite communications sector is uncompetitive. According to a report in the New Telegraph, telecommunications service providers have …

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Australian Government Announces Development of Sovereign Launch Technologies

The Australian Government will fund the development of a rocket engine as part of the creation of a sovereign launch capability. Last week, it announced government support for Australian based research into rocket propulsion technology and suggested that launching satellites could soon become a reality in Australia. The Responsive Access …

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Oman And India To Collaborate On Space Projects

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Oman in February 2018 has resulted in the release of a joint statement by Muscat and New Delhi identifying space as one of several sectors in which the two nations could collaborate. As a result of Modi’s visit earlier this year, a Memorandum …

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Australia’s Fleet Space Opens Internet Of Things SATCOM Ground Station

Australian New Space satellite communications company Fleet Space opened a satellite ground station last week as part of its mission to build a constellation of small satellites and associated ground infrastructure to provide connectivity for the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The station, located at Pinkerton Plains about 70 kilometres north of Adelaide, opened …

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Australia’s Kleos Space Signs Contract With GomSpace For Nanosatellite Constellation Build

Kleos Space, the New Space space-based intelligence and geolocation company registered on the Australian Stock Exchange and headquartered in Luxembourg, has signed a contract with Danish-based small satellite manufacturer GomSpace for the supply of a Nanosatellite constellation. The contract was signed on 26 July 2018 by Andy Bowyer, CEO of …

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