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#SpacewatchGL Op’Ed: Smallsats – The Hitchhiker No More?

The satellite industry is in the grip of a revolution that is being driven by low-cost, small satellites that are cheaper to build and launch than ever before. These smallsats are beginning to change the economics of space and analysts forecast exponential growth, but there is a hurdle that threatens …

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Algeria’s ALCOMSAT-1 Communications Satellite Now Operational

Algeria’s ALCOMSAT-1 communications satellite is operational in its orbital slot four months after its launch from China. A handover ceremony was held earlier in April 2018 at the Algerian satellite control centre that will handle all ALCOMSAT-1 operations between Algerian officials and engineers and executives from China Great Wall Industry …

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Saudi Arabia and France Sign Executive Programme Space Agreement

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and France have entered into an executive programme space agreement signed in France during the visit to Paris by Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. The executive programme agreement was signed by Prince Turki Bin Saud Bin Mohammed Al …

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Senior UAE Economist Urges Arab World to Join BRI, Space Silk Road

Dr. Nasser Saidi, one of the Middle East’s preeminent economists and a former government minister for economics and finance in Lebanon, has said that Arab countries should embrace China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), to include participation in and contributions to China’s Tiangong space station as well as the Space …

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Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu-1 Satellite Due for 4th May Launch from Cape Canaveral

Bangladesh’s first satellite, the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite, is set to be launched on board a SpaceX Falcon-9 space launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 4 May 2018, according to Mohammed Mezbahuzzaman, project director of the satellite programme. Bangabandhu-1 was originally supposed to be launched from Florida in December 2017 but …

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Japan’s Sony Corporation to Enter Satellite Optical Communications Market

Japan’s Sony Corporation is seeking to enter the New Space sector by manufacturing optical communication devices for small satellites, based on Sony’s decades-long experience in manufacturing compact disc (CD) players. This marks a diversification of Sony’s business empire, and it is also a strong signal that Japan’s great trading houses …

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UAE’s Thuraya Launches X5-Touch, World’s Smallest Satellite Phone

UAE’s Thuraya Telecommunications Company has announced the launch of its X5-Touch satellite phone, the world’s smallest, in its attempt to become a market leader in the satellite communications user market. The Thuraya X5-Touch is the first Android-based satellite and GSM phone in the industry. The new device is aimed at …

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