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Belarus State University’s BSUSat-1 Successfully Launched From China

Belarus State University’s BSUSat-1 was successfully launched by a Chinese Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle on Monday, 29 October 2018, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China. BSUSat-1 was launched as one of five piggyback payloads, with the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) being the primary payload. BSUSat-1 …

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace’s Zhuque-1 Launch Fails In First Orbit Bid

Chinese New Space launch company LandSpace suffered a failure of the third stage of its Zhuque-1 satellite launch vehicle Saturday, 27 October 2018, as it attempted to become the first Chinese private launch company to reach orbit, according to Andrew Jones in Space News. The three-stage Zhuque-1 launch vehicle, named …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: A Fond Farewell From Michael Simpson Of The Secure World Foundation

After seven fruitful years with the Secure World Foundation, Michael K. Simpson is retiring from his role as Executive Director. Dr. Simpson joined SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening was …

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China’s New Space Race: Spacety To Deliver Four Payloads On Long March 2C On 29 October

Spacety, a Chinese small satellite startup, is set to launch four CubeSats for a range of clients on a Long March 2C launch vehicle on Monday, 29 October 2018, according to GBTimes’Andrew Jones. The four satellites were delivered from Spacety’s facility to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre during the first …

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Intelsat And Q-KON To Offer Satellite Broadband Internet In Africa

Intelsat S.A. and Q-KON have announced that Q-KON will introduce new, multiple high-speed broadband services powered by the IntelsatOne Flex for Enterprise platform. Combining a cloud-based management platform with Intelsat’s global satellite and terrestrial networks, the IntelsatOne Flex platform will enable Q-KON to rapidly deploy high-quality broadband that enables new …

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Israel’s Gilat And Global Eagle Use Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO SATCOM For Inflight Connectivity Demonstration

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. has announced its key role in the first-ever demonstration of an in-flight aircraft communicating at broadband speeds with a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite system. This industry milestone was achieved using Global Eagle’s “Albatross One” test aircraft with Gilat’s aero modem and Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO …

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Singapore’s Global Invacom Suspends Trading Amid Acquisition Talks

Satellite communications equipment provider Global Invacom Group called for trading in its shares to be suspended on Tuesday, 23 October 2018, before the Singaporean stock market opened, revealing that its negotiations regarding a possible reverse acquisition are taking longer than expected. Global Invacom had called for a trading halt before …

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Indonesia Announces Multifunctional Satellite Project Tender, Winner To Be Selected By End 2018

Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has launched the tender for its Multifunctional Satellite Project at the Creative & Innovative Financing Forum held in Bali, Indonesia, according to a report in SpaceTech Asia. Kominfo also announced that the winners of the satellite tender will be announced at the …

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Israeli Government Comptroller Says Israel Space Agency Underfunded, Vulnerable To National Security Failings

Israel’s civilian space programme is in crisis due to chronic underfunding and the continuous outsourcing of satellite communications acquisitions to foreign satellite manufacturers, according to the annual report of the Israeli State Comptroller. In the report, released on 22 October 2018, the State Comptroller Joseph Shapira wrote that, as of July …

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Intelsat Invests In AMN To Leverage Access To Rural African Satellite Broadband Market

Intelsat S.A. and Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) have announced that Intelsat has made a strategic investment in AMN. The purpose of the investment is to accelerate the deployment of mobile connectivity to unserved communities across multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Given the economic and geographic complexities of expanding mobile connectivity …

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