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SES orders two large Astra GEO satellites from Thales

SES ordered two large geostationary (GEO) Ku-band satellites for TV distribution over Europe from Thales Alenia Space, the company said. The two satellites, Astra 1P and Astra 1Q, will replace two current Astra satellites at SES’s prime orbital neighborhood of 19.2 degrees East, which serves 118 million TV households across Europe, SES said.

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Australian SingTel Optus to launch on Ariane 64

The Australian operator SingTel Optus will launch its Optus-11 communications satellite on an Ariane 6 in 2023, ArianeGroup said. SingTel Optus will use an Ariane 64 configuration with four side boosters to inject its new Optus-11 satellite into its geostationary transfer orbit. Optus-11 is a Ku-band satellite serving Australia and New Zealand with several thousand beams, Arianespace said.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 8 – 14 November

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 8-14 November 2021”. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! A special shout-out to our friends at SpaceWatch.Global,

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Five Countries That Are Pushing Boundaries in The Space Industry: Part I

Space technology has become an integral part of global commercial industries and as a result several nations are keen on developing space capabilities for commercial, civil, and military purposes. Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States are some of the most prominent players in the space industry;

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UK Space Agency funds laser-based satellite communications research

The UK Space Agency has awarded almost £650,000 to Northumbria University to continue developing the first commercially available laser-based inter-satellite communications system, the University reports. Northumbria is one of eleven leading UK organisations to have been awarded a share of the UK Space Agency’s £7M funding under the National Space Innovation Programme.

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#SpaceWatchGL on the road: An evening with talent, inspiration and space technology in Trondheim

Yesterday we kicked off the second of Spaceport Norway 2021: The Life Sessions, at the startup-hub DIGS in Trondheim. 119 had registered for the event before we shut down the ticket sales, 15 of them attended the event from a computer screen. Our working title for the session in Trondheim was "Technology & Talent", and that is what we got!

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Space Café WebTalk with Dr Gaetan Petit: Can space do more for Earth?

During this week’s SpaceCafé, SpaceWatch.Global Publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Lausanne-based Co-Founder and General Manager of Space4Impact, Dr Gaetan Petit. A new-starter in the space game and with an education in neuroscience, Gaetan completed his undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Lausanne and Harvard, and a doctorate at ETH Zurich,

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