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Singapore’s Spacechain Expands Operations To The United Kingdom

Singapore-based SpaceChain has expanded its operations to the United Kingdom to leverage Europe’s advanced space technologies and to drive economic development through SpaceChain’s satellite infrastructure and blockchain technology. SpaceChain UK Limited will be based in Harwell, Oxfordshire at the Satellite Applications Catapult (SAC), an independent innovation and technology company created …

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UK’s Avanti Communications Signs Long-Term Bandwidth Contract With Turksat

Avanti Communications, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has signed a long term bandwidth contract with the Turkish communications satellite operator Turksat. Under the contract, Turksat will commit to 1.8 ghz of capacity on Hylas 2 for the next three years …

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Denmark’s GomSpace And Sky And Space Global Revise Satellite Production Agreement

GomSpace and Sky and Space Global have entered into a “Heads of Agreement” for one new agreement and replacement of the original agreement entered into in 2017 (as amended). GomSpace Group AB and Sky and Space Global have conducted recent evaluation discussions regarding the provision and manufacturing by GomSpace of …

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German Space Innovation: DLR And The University Of Stuttgart Test Laser Communications For Satellite Imagery

Earth observation satellites play a key role in weather forecasting, climate research, monitoring of the planet’s surface and the detection of forest fires. These tasks require satellites to transmit very large amounts of data to the ground for analysis. Today’s radio systems are reaching their limits in this area. Optical …

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Amazon Looking To Bridge Digital Divide With Proposed Project Kuiper Satellite Broadband Mega-Constellation

Online retail and cloud computing giant Amazon is likely joining the satellite communications mega-constellation competition according to filings made at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on its behalf by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), GeekWire.com reports. The proposed mega-constellation is dubbed Project Kuiper and will, if it goes ahead, consist of …

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Arianespace Successfully Launches O3B Communication Satellites From French Guiana

With a successful Soyuz launch that completed the first phase of SES’ O3b constellation, Arianespace today reaffirmed is ability to support the growing global market for such in-orbit satellite systems. Lifting off mid-day from the Spaceport in French Guiana, the workhorse launch vehicle delivered the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th …

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ESA Becomes CubeSat Central For Smaller Space Missions From Europe

The European Space Agency (ESA) has set up a dedicated unit to work on the standardised nanosatellites called ‘CubeSats’, teaming up with European companies to develop low-cost technology-testing missions. Missions in preparation include a double CubeSat to test rendezvous and docking techniques, and one to explore near-Earth asteroids. A fast-growing …

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Tunisia’s Telnet To Launch Challenge One Satellite With GK Launch Services

Tunisia’s Telnet Group and Russian commercial launch provider GK Launch Services signed a contract on 1 April 2019 for the launch of the Challenge One satellite on board a Russian Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle integrated with the Fregat upper stage in 2020. The signing ceremony was chaired by Mr. Mohamed Frikha, …

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Switzerland’s Astrocast Has Second IoT Test Nanosatellite Successfully Launched By ISRO

Swiss New Space company Astrocast had its second satellite launched and deployed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (Mission PSLV-C45) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 1 April 2019.  On this second mission Astrocast will focus on a set of propulsion technologies …

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Indonesia’s iForte To Lease Capacity On Telesat’s Telstar-18 High Throughput Satellite

Telesat announced on 2 April 2019 that PT iForte Solusi Infotek (iForte), a leading provider of USO (Universal Service Obligation) VSAT services in Indonesia, has signed major contracts for Ku-band HTS and C-band capacity on Telesat’s new Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite. The contracts result from iForte’s recent selection by Indonesia’s …

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