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Qatar’s Es’hail-2 To Launch On SpaceX Falcon-9 SLV On 15 November 2018

Qatar’s Es’hailsat is expected to have its Es’hail-2 communications satellite launched on Thursday, 15 November 2018, on board a SpaceX Falcon-9 satellite launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Es’hail-2 will be launched from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A between 3:46-5:29 p.m Eastern Standard Time. It will be the 13th …

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Kazakhstan To Launch Two Satellites On Board SpaceX Vandenberg Launch

Two Kazakh satellites are due to be launched on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 19 November 2018, marking further milestone’s for Kazakhstan’s independent space capabilities. The first satellite, KazSTSAT, is a remote sensing capability built by UK satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite …

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Portugal To Establish Azores Spaceport; Create Oceanography STARlab With China

Portugal is about to make a big splash in the space sector with parallel announcements covering a major cooperative programme with China, and a proposed space launch complex in the Azores islands in the mid-Atlantic ocean involving European, Russian, and U.S. company bids to build it. The cooperative programme with …

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UAE’s MYSAT-1 CubeSat To Be Launched To ISS On 15 November

MYSAT-1, an educational CubeSat built by 20 students at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is due to be launched as part of the Cygnus NG-10 resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on board a Northrop Grumman Antares launch vehicle from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops …

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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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