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Chinese New Space: OneSpace and iSpace Prepare For Orbital Launches In Early 2019

The end of 2014 saw an important development for the Chinese launch sector when the government allowed private capital investment into the Chinese launch and small satellite sectors. Since then, there has been rapid development in small satellite launch vehicles with around 10 new companies emerging as a result. Andrew …

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Egypt Receives $72 Million Grant From China For EgyptSat-2 Project

China has agreed to grant U.S.$72 million for the EgyptSat-2 Earth observation satellite programme under a contract signed on 21 January 2019. This is the third grant provided by China to Egypt for the satellite project, with an initial grant of U.S.$23 million given in 2016, and a second grant …

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Indian Military Space: ISRO Launches MicroSat-R Imaging Satellite For DRDO

A military Earth observation satellite made by several laboratories within India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and called MicroSat-R was launched on board an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on 24 January 2019 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. DRDO has …

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Thailand’s mu Space Unveils Space Exploration Ambitions

Thailand’s mu Space is heading for the Final Frontier as it announced plans to participate in projects with the U.S. space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and space exploration initiatives. The announcement, that came during the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s (PTC) conference earlier this week, saw mu Space …

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Russia Announces Sovereign’s Eye Remote Sensing Constellation

Roscosmos head, Dmitry Rogozin has announced that Russia will construct Sovereign’s Eye (‘Gosudarevo Oko’), a new constellation of remote sensing satellites that will enable them to identify any changes that are happening on Earth. Rogozin highlighted that the new initiative will enable Russian to strengthen its Digital Economy programme, which …

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Chinese Space Wars: U.S. Intelligence Report Outlines Beijing’s Space Warfare Preparations

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) views space warfare as an important component of its concept of war, and is developing a range of capabilities and tactics to carry out space operations, as well as bolstering its organizational and command and control capacity to enable such operations, according to the U.S. …

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Iranian Launch Attempt Of Payam-e Amirkabir-1 Satellite Ends In Failure

Days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defiantly declared that Tehran will launch several satellites using indigenous launch vehicles over “the coming weeks,” Iran followed through on its promise by attempting to launch its Payam-e Amirabir-1 Earth observation microsatellite on 15 January 2019, using a Simorgh satellite launch vehicle. The launch …

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China Great Wall Wins Contract To Launch 90 EO Satellites For Satellogic

Satellogic, the world’s first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company, announced on 15 January 2018 a Multiple Launch Services Agreement (MLA) with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). CGWIC will launch 90 of Satellogic’s spacecraft from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The first launch – scheduled for later this year – …

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Russia Sets Out Yenisei Super-Heavy Launch Vehicle Timetable And Budget

The head of the Russian Roscosmos state space corporation, Dmitry Rogozin, has approved the timetable and budget for the development of Russia’s super-heavy launch vehicle called Yenisei. It is expected that Yenisei will be developed and operational by 2028 at an overall cost of U.S.$15 billion (approximately 1 trillion rubles). …

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Iran’s President Rouhani Claims Indigenous Satellite Launch To Happen “In The Coming Weeks”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani struck a defiant note on 11 January 2019 when he countered the U.S. threat of consequences should his government carry out the launch of two satellites using an Iranian satellite launch vehicle. “Today, our rockets are defensive means and a source of our pride. We will …

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