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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Big Ambitions From China’s SmallSat Companies

By Blaine Curcio and Tianyi Lan Over the past five years, and in particular over the past two to three years, the Chinese space industry has seen a dramatic increase in private company involvement. While these companies tend to be relatively small, they are great in number, with over 60 …

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Russian Soyuz 2-1A Successfully Lofts Multiple Satellites From Vostochny Cosmodrome

The last Russian satellite launch of 2018 took place on 27 December 2018 when a Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle lifted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, lofting two Kanopus-V remote sensing satellites and twenty-six secondary payloads into orbit with the aid of a Fregat upper stage. The Soyuz 2-1A launched at …

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Chinese Commercial Space: First Of 156-Satellite Hongyun Satellite Broadband Constellation Successfully Launched

A Chinese Long March 11 launch vehicle successfully placed the Hongyun-1 satellite into orbit on 21 December 2018, making the first satellite launch of a planned 156-satellite communications constellation in low-Earth orbit (LEO), according to Andrew Jones at GBTimes. The launch took place at 23:51 UTC on 21December 2018 (07:51 …

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Quantum Space: Italian Scientists Demonstrate High Orbit Satellite Quantum Communications

Researchers in Italy have demonstrated the feasibility of quantum communications between high-orbiting global navigation satellites and a ground station, with an exchange at the single photon level over a distance of 20,000km. The milestone experiment proves the feasibility of secure quantum communications on a global scale, using the Global Navigation …

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Indian Military Space: ISRO Successfully Launches GSAT-7A Communications Satellite For Indian Air Force

An Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F11) successfully launched the GSAT-7A military communication satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, India, on 19 December 2018. The GSLV-F11 lifted off from the Second Launch Pad at SDSC at 04:10 pm IST, carrying the 2250 …

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Sweden’s Ovzon Selects SSL For First GEO Mobile Broadband Satellite

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, will build Ovzon’s first GEO satellite, Ovzon-3, that will significantly increase the performance and coverage area of its existing service. The company delivers an end-to-end mobile broadband solution that covers locations where traditional telecom services lack coverage or do not perform …

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UAE’s Yahsat And Hughes Launch Satellite Broadband Joint Venture

Following their announcement of a satellite broadband joint venture in September 2018, the UAE’s Yahsat and U.S. company Hughes Network Systems have officially launched the JV – called YahClick (powered by Hughes) – across the Middle East, Africa, and Southwest Asia with immediate effect. This joint venture will provide greater …

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Japanese New Space: Axelspace To Launch GRUS-1 By End Of 2018; Partners With JSAT & KSAT For Ground Infrastructure

Axelspace has announced that the launch of the GRUS-1 satellite is scheduled for 27 December 2018, the first satellite of a future constellation. SKY Perfect JSAT and KSAT will in partnership provide ground station services for GRUS satellite by using SKY Perfect JSAT’s owned and operated ground station at the …

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