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Ethiopia’s Ethio Telecom May Acquire Communications Satellite

Ethiopia’s state-owned telecommunications provider, Ethio Telecom, is considering acquiring a communications satellite in order to provide connectivity to rural Ethiopia as well as to economic sectors in the northeast African country that will benefit from telecommunications infrastructure, such as agriculture and mining, according to a news story published in Ethiopian …

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Success for China’s historic Chang’e 4 Mission to the lunar ‘far side’

Human space exploration has received another significant boost with the successful landing of a Chinese probe on the far side of the moon – a feat that has never before been accomplished. Chinese state media confirmed that the spacecraft had performed a ‘soft landing’ at 10.26am (2.26am GMT) on January …

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Indian Parliament Likely To Introduce Commercial Space Bill In 2019

The Indian government is likely to introduce the 2017 Space Activities Bill, which will allow the commercial use of space in India, in the 2019 budget session, according to a report in the Hindustan Times. “Steps are being taken …. So that the Bill could be possibly introduced during the …

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Iran Claims To Have SSA Radar Capable Of Detecting Satellites In LEO

The deputy commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, announced on 29 December 2018 that Iranian experts have successfully built radars capable of monitoring satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO), according Iranian news reporting. Addressing a conference at the Supreme National Defence University in Tehran, Brigadier …

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Saudi Arabia Establishes Space Agency In Leadership Shakeup

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has established the Saudi Space Agency as part of a leadership shakeup enacted by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in a Royal decree issued late on 27 December 2018. The Saudi King appointed his 62-year old son and former astronaut Prince Sultan bin Salman bin …

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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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