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2018 to be Active Year for Pakistani Space, With Chinese Help

Often cast in the shadow of the space activities of its Indian neighbour, Pakistan's space programme is all-too-often ignored. 2018, however, may be the year that Islamabad's space ambitions pass some critical milestones, albeit with help from its other neighbour, China.

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Israel’s Spacecom Selects Space Systems Loral to Build AMOS-8 Over IAI

Following the SpaceWatch.Global report that Israel’s Spacecom is looking to purchase a new satellite to be called AMOS-8, we can now report that Spacecom has selected U.S. satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, to build the new satellite, instead of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) as many expected.

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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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