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Thaicom Releases Financial Results For Third Quarter Of 2018

Thaicom Public Company Limited (THCOM), Thailand’s first satellite operator, reported its operating results for the third quarter of 2018, posting a consolidated net profit of Baht 104 million (approximately U.S.$3.15 million), improved by 59.6% from Q3/2017, due mainly to the decrease of depreciation expense through the satellite assets impairment recognized in Q4/2017, and the decrease of selling and administration expenses.

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Telesat’s New Telstar 18 VANTAGE Satellite Now Operational Over Asia-Pacific

Telesat has announced that its new Telstar 18 VANTAGE high throughput satellite (HTS) is fully operational at 138 degrees East and has entered commercial service. Telstar 18 VANTAGE was launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on 10 September 2018 and will serve growing demand for mobility, enterprise, and telecom services across the Asia-Pacific region.

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Israel’s Gilat To Provide Satellite Ground Network For China Satcom

Israeli satellite communications equipment manufacturer Gilat has won a contract to supply the ground segment network for China SatCom and its currently operational CHINASAT-16 (CS-16) and CHINASAT-18 (CS-18), expected to be launched in mid-2019, as part of China Satcom's ongoing effort to provide High-Throughput Ka-Band coverage throughout China for satellite broadband applications.

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Japan Launches Michibiki GNSS Service With Great Economic Expectations

Japan launched its own satellite positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) system called Michibiki on Thursday, 1 November 2018, as part of an effort to generate new businesses worth nearly 5 trillion yen (U.S.$44.4 billion) by 2025, as companies such as SoftBank Group, Mitsubishi Electric, and Hitachi develop applications in automated driving, farming, and other sectors that will use the Michibiki system.

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Ethiopia To Build And Launch Remote Sensing Satellite With Chinese Help

Ethiopian scientists and engineers are building a small Earth observation satellite in cooperation with and with funding from China, which will be launched from China in 2019, according to a report in The East African newspaper. This announcement is the culmination of much effort to bring Ethiopian space ambitions to reality.

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace Releases Preliminary Zhuque-1 Launch Failure Report

Following the launch failure of LandSpace's Zhuque-1 satellite launch vehicle on 27 October 2018, the Chinese New Space launch company has publicly released its preliminary findings as to why its rocket failed 402 seconds after launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China.

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Rocket Lab’s ‘It’s Business Time’ Launch Set For 11-19 November Window From New Zealand

U.S. New Space orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has confirmed the launch window for the upcoming ‘It’s Business Time’ mission. The nine-day launch window will open from 11 to 19 November 2018 (NZDT), with daily launch opportunities between 16:00 – 20:00 NZDT (03:00 – 07:00 UTC).

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