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Japan’s ASEAN Space Diplomacy: Is Brunei Next?

China’s Space Silk Road, an offshoot of its much-vaunted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has captured the attention of the space sector’s trade media over the past few years, but while China’s ambitions are certainly newsworthy, another Northeast Asian country is quietly building a scientific, technical, and diplomatic space community …

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Indian Space Programme Widens Its Appeal to Latin America

India’s space programme continues to broaden its appeal into Latin America, becoming a truly global competitor in the launch market and beyond. Several countries in the region have made outreach toward working with India in the coming months. As reported in Indian Defence News this week, Colombia plans to put …

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Indonesia to Build Earth Observation Constellation; Develop Space Launch Capability

The head of the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN – Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional) announced in Singapore that his country intends to build and launch two Earth observation microsatellites by 2020, and that Indonesia still has ambitions to develop its own space launch capability. Prof. Dr. …

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SGAC@SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Small Satellites Everywhere, for Everything, Forever?

The small satellite phenomenon continues to gather momentum, but is this something we can count on lasting well into the future? Is the smallsat here to stay? Stephen Ennis of the Small Satellite Project Group at the Space Generation Advisory Council gives his perspective on this fascinating question. From within …

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UK’s Surrey Satellite to Lease Earth Observation Satellite to China’s 21AT

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), located in Guildford, Surrey, in the U.K., has signed a GBP25 million (approximately U.S.$34.8 million) deal with China’s Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd. (21AT) for the lease of the SSTL-S1 Earth observation satellite. SSTL-S1 is due to be launched on an Indian Space …

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ARABSAT-6A Cleared for Launch After Successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Launch

The successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy space launch vehicle (SLV) on 6 February, 2018, is a major milestone in spaceflight and space exploration. It is also a green light for the launch of the Arabsat-6A communications satellite in the coming months aboard a Falcon Heavy SLV. “Arabsat-6A positioned at …

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UAE’s KhalifaSat Earth Observation Satellite Nears Completion, Receives Royal Seal of Approval

The first satellite to be indigenously built by Emirati engineers is nearing completion, and will be launched by Japan later this year. KhalifaSat, an Earth observation satellite that is being built by the Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), was inspected by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, …

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Philippines to Complete Diwata-2 Cubesat; Open Microsatellite Laboratory in Late 2018

The Philippines is set to complete its Diwata-2 Cubesat and hand it over to Japan for launch later this year, according to a senior Filipino government official. Rowena Cristina Guevara, Undersecretary at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), told Filipino media that Diwata-2 will be launched by Japan on …

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Iran Set To Launch Four Satellites Soon, Warns of Parallel IRGC Space Programme

Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, told a space conference in Tehran on 3 February, 2018, that an Iranian satellite is ready to launch, and three others are in their pre-launch procedures. Jahromi also told his audience that Iran has made “great headways in developing …

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Japan Launches Cubesat to Orbit With World’s Smallest Rocket, Enters Small Sat Launch Market

Following on the heels of the successful Rocket Labs Electron rocket launch from New Zealnd on 20 January, 2018, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched on 3 February, 2018, a 3 kilogram Cubesat into low Earth orbit using the smallest rocket ever to launch a satellite into …

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