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Turkey’s Rocketsan Signs Contract To Build Micro Satellite Launch System

Turkish defence contractor Rocketsan and the Turkish Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) have signed an agreement that intends to transform Turkey into a space launching state, as well as a satellite manufacturing hub, according to a 5 November 2018 report in Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah. According to a statement released …

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Vietnam And France Sign Space Climate Observatory And Other Space Agreements

During a visit to Vietnam by the French Prime Minister, Jean-Yves Le Gall, the President of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), signed a number of agreements with Vietnamese counterparts covering the French-led Space Climate Observatory (SCO), STEM education, and maritime and oceanographic surveillance. “The Prime Minister’s official visit to …

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Israel’s IAI Ordered To Pay Spacecom $10 Million For AMOS-6 Loss

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been ordered to pay Spacecom U.S.$10 million for the late delivery of the AMOS-6 communications satellite that ended up being destroyed in a launchpad explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 it was sitting upon in 2016. The announcement was made in a filing with the …

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace Releases Preliminary Zhuque-1 Launch Failure Report

Following the launch failure of LandSpace’s Zhuque-1 satellite launch vehicle on 27 October 2018, the Chinese New Space launch company has publicly released its preliminary findings as to why its rocket failed 402 seconds after launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China. According to Andrew Jones in GBTimes, …

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Rocket Lab’s ‘It’s Business Time’ Launch Set For 11-19 November Window From New Zealand

U.S. New Space orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has confirmed the launch window for the upcoming ‘It’s Business Time’ mission. The nine-day launch window will open from 11 to 19 November 2018 (NZDT), with daily launch opportunities between 16:00 – 20:00 NZDT (03:00 – 07:00 UTC). The Electron launch vehicle …

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Iran’s Never-Ending Space Story? The Same Iranian Satellites Perennially “About” To Be Launched

The head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), Morteza Barari, announced in early October 2018 that three Iranian-made satellites – Payam-e Amirkabir-1, Dousti, and Nahid-1 – have been built and are ready to be launched, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). Morteza Berari made the announcement at a …

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China’s New Space Race: Spacety Readies More Payloads For Launch After Successful Long March 2C Liftoff

Spacety, the Chinese small satellite startup, is expected to carry out two further launch missions on behalf of clients in November and December 2018, but exact dates are not yet confirmed according to the intrepid Andrew Jones in GBTimes. These two missions will follow the successful launch of four Spacety-built …

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Australia’s Fleet Space Technologies Taps Rocket Lab To Launch First Proxima CubeSats

Australian New Space satellite communications company Fleet Space Technologies has selected U.S. commercial satellite launch company Rocket Lab to launch two Proxima small satellites from Rocket Lab’s New Zealand launch complex in November 2018. This pair of identical 1.5 U CubeSats are designed and built by Fleet. The satellites will …

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Moscow To Deny OneWeb Satellite Broadband Access To Russia To Preserve Internet Sovereignty

The Russian government has stated that it will not allow OneWeb, the U.S. satellite communications start-up building a 900-satellite megaconstellation, to provide satellite broadband Internet in Russia, citing national security concerns that the company might provide access to an open Internet that is out Moscow’s control. This statement comes despite …

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China’s New Space Race: Successful Long March 2C Launch For Spacety Commercial Payloads

A Chinese Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle successfully took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China on Monday, 29 October 2018, lofting the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) as its primary payload as well as four Cubesats for Chinese New Space satellite manufacturer Spacety. One other satellite belonging to …

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