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Israel’s Spacecom Looking to Acquire AMOS-8, End AsiaSat Lease

Israeli fleet operator Spacecom is very close to purchasing a new satellite, named AMOS-8. This forthcoming purchase is a sign of a turnaround for Spacecom, as well as a bet on the troubled company’s future. Back-to-back spacecraft losses in 2015 and 2016 turned Spacecom from an expanding business into a struggling concern. Preceding the destruction of AMOS-6, Spacecom’s Russian-built AMOS-5 satellite ceased working in orbit due to a power system failure in 2015, just four years after its launch.

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Nigeria’s NigComSat in Talks With Türksat to Jointly Develop Markets in Africa

Struggling NigComSat is looking to Türksat to develop its satellite communications market in Africa. The Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd, NigComSat, has been talking with Turkish satellite operator, Türksat A.S., about the possibility of expanding their market across various industries to deepen services at more affordable rates.

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Greece Creates Space Agency in Bid for Economic and Strategic Benefits

The Greek space agency – known formally as the Hellenic Space Agency – was officially announced on Monday, 19 March, 2018, in Athens by the Greek Minister for Digital Policy and Media, Nikos Pappas, and the General Secretary of Telecommunications and Post, Vassilis Maglaras.

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The Issues and Challenges of the Russian Space Industry – Part I

In part one of a three-part feature, Vitaly Egorov describes Russia’s modern posture in space and the challenges and possible ways of development of the national space industry. This first part explains how the country that used to be first so many times when it comes to space exploration has reached its current state.

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Thailand’s mu Space Partners With SES and Hughes to Deliver Rural Satellite Broadband

mu Space Corp, the Thai NewSpace satellite communications company, will begin offering affordable satellite connectivity to rural Thailand, furthering the Thailand 4.0 economic transformation initiative. mu Space will use SES Networks’ satellite capacity and the JUPITER System from Hughes Networks Systems to deliver this connectivity. Only 12% of the country’s …

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Algérie Telecom Satellite to Offer Broadband and VOD on ALCOMSAT-1 Later in 2018

Algérie Telecom Satellite (ATS), a subsidiary of Algérie Telecom, plans to introduce a triple play service to provide customers with broadband Internet, telephone, and video-on-demand (VOD) via the ALCOMSAT-1  communications satellite. ATS will offer the services that include a digital demodulator loaded with TV channels, high speed internet, and telephone …

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Thailand’s mu Space to Use Blue Origin’s New Glenn for GEO Satellite Launch

Thailand’s mu Space Corp confirmed on 12 March, 2018, at the Satellite 2018 conference that they will launch a geostationary satellite aboard Blue Origin’s New Glenn orbital rocket. The launch window starts in late 2020. Commenting on the announcement, mu Space founder and Chief Executive Officer James Yenbamroong said, “mu …

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Chinese Counterspace and the Return of Great Power Geopolitics: Implications and Suggested Strategic Responses for India

How should India approach Chinese efforts to develop antisatellite (ASAT) weapons and its ambition to establish space superiority? In a talk given to the Observer Research Foundation’s Space Security conference in New Delhi on 16 February, 2018, ThorGroup’s Dr. John B. Sheldon offers a few suggestions. For those who have just …

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Teal Group estimates value of space payloads through 2037 at over $270 billion

Coinciding with the Satellite 2018 Conference & Exhibition held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC during March 12-15, 2018, Teal Group space analysts have identified 12,230 satellites, probes and capsules to be built and launched to earth or deep space orbits between 2018 and 2037. They estimate the value of these space payloads at more than $272 billion.

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