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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: The Right Elements For A Thriving UAE Space Sector

By His Excellency Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi  Exclusive to SpaceWatch.Global Along the sidelines of local and international events, my colleagues and I at the UAE Space Agency meet with a myriad of official delegations and representatives to discuss opportunities for cooperation and the state of the global space …

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Arianespace Prepares To Launch Japanese And Korean Satellites

Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites for its third mission of 2020, using an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Center, lofting JCSAT-17 for the Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and GEO-KOMPSAT-2B for Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI). This  mission is dedicated to space applications for telecommunications …

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Japan Eyes Space Cooperation With Malaysia As Balance To Chinese Influence In SE Asia

Japan is eyeing expanded space cooperation with Malaysia in a bid to deepen diplomatic and economic ties with the Southeast Asian country, and as part of an effort to balance against China’s powerful influence through such programmes as its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the region. Yoshikazu Shoji, director …

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Thaicom Migrates Customers To THAICOM-6 After THAICOM-5 Technical Problem

Thaicom Public Company Limited has reported progress in its ongoing efforts to migrate customers from Thaicom 5 after the satellite suffered a technical anomaly. The company has informed its satellite television broadcast customers to migrate their television platforms from Thaicom 5 to Thaicom 6, which will begin operating on 15 …

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Indonesian Government Taps Local Consortium For SATRIA SATCOM Network Provision

The Indonesian government has appointed a consortium of local companies to operate a broadband telecommunication satellite that will provide comprehensive internet access across the vast archipelago. Communication and Information Technology Minister Johnny G. Plate said on Wednesday 12 February 2020 that the financial agreement would be concluded next month to allow the …

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SBI Holdings Announces Fundraising For New Venture Capital Fund To Focus On Tech Startups

Japanese financial company SBI Holdings announced at the end of January 2020 that it is raising as much as 100 billion Yen (U.S.$920 million) for a new venture capital fund that will focus on Japanese and foreign 5G network, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), and healthcare startups. The announcement is …

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GomSpace Leads Team To Develop Innovative University Of Arizona Satellite Antenna

The North American subsidiary of GomSpace Group AB signed a contract on 7 February 2020 valued at 4.5 MSEK (approximately US$465,000) with the University of Arizona to deliver satellite elements and related services to support their CatSat high-gain antenna mission. CatSat aims to demonstrate a game-changing ultra-lightweight, high-gain antenna developed …

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Bulgaria Sat Aims For 65 Percent Capacity On Satellite Within Two Years After Struggles

Bulgaria Sat, the operator of BulgariaSat-1 broadcasting and communications satellite, is aiming to lease 65 percent of the satellite’s capacity within two years, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Maxim Zayakov. Currently BulgariaSat-1 is operating at 15 percent leasing capacity, but Zayakov hopes that the Bulgaria Sat …

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Azercosmos And Infostellar Enter Into Ground Station Partnership

Azerbaijani satellite operator Azercosmos and Infostellar, the Japanese Ground Segment as a Service provider, signed an agreement to enable Infostellar customers access to their satellite constellations from the Azercosmos Ground Station (AGS), located in the Absheron peninsula. The agreement was announced on 6 February 2020. AGS’ location is uniquely positioned …

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OneWeb Successfully Launches 34 Satellites

Global communications company OneWeb announced its successful launch of 34 satellites aboard a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellites were launched on 7 February 2020. They separated from the rocket and were dispensed in nine batches over a period of several hours. It is the …

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