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UAE’s KhalifaSat To Be Launched From Japan In October 2018

KhalifaSat, the UAE Earth observation system that is also the first Emirati-built satellite, will be launched from Japan on 29 October 2018. KhalifaSat has been in development since 2013, and will be lofted into orbit from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan. The earth observation satellite will join the UAE’s …

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India Looks To Enter Crowded Small Satellite Launcher Market With ISRO SSLV

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is developing a small launch vehicle that weighs no more than 100 tons that can loft a 500 kg satellite into a 500 km orbit. ISRO is currently earning about U.S.$40 million annually through launching small satellites for foreign customers, and aims to increase …

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Khrunichev Space Center Signed Contracts For 12 Angara Rockets

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The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center has signed contracts for the production of 12 Angara-A5 heavy-lift launch vehicles. They are to be produced at the Center’s Production Association Polyot enterprise in the city of Omsk. According to Nikolai Sevastyanov, Khrunichev Space Center Chairman, Board of Directors, 12 launch …

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India’s Human Spaceflight Ambitions Faces Political Backlash, Technical Skepticism

Now that the euphoria over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that India will launch its first Vyomanaut (derived from the Sanskrit word for space, or vyoma) into Earth orbit by 2022 has passed, the political contours of the announcement are beginning to take shape. A number of critics are pointing …

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Egypt To Complete Build Of MisrSat-2 Earth Observation Satellite Thanks To Chinese Grant

Egypt is making preparations to receive its sixth satellite, MisrSat-2, that has been built using a grant from China and will be shipped to Egypt in October 2019. Dr. Medhat Mokhtar, Chairman of the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSSS), said that the Chinese grant for the …

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China’s LandSpace Set For Inaugural Launch Of Zhuque-1 SLV By End Of 2018

Chinese New Space satellite launch company LandSpace has announced that it intends to carry out the inaugural launch of its Zhuque-1 satellite launch vehicle (SLV) by the end of 2018. The Zhuque-1 SLV is a three-stage solid-fuel rocket that is 19 metres tall, 1.35 metres in diameter, and weighs 27 …

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India’s Antrix Corporation To Launch SSTL’s NovaSAR-1 And SSTL-S1-4 In September 2018

India’s Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has signed an agreement with the UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), for the launch of NovaSAR-1, a small Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite, into a 580-kilometer altitude Sun-synchronous orbit, and SSTL S1-4, a high-resolution Earth …

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Turkey’s 100-Day Space Plan Undermined By Collapse Of Lira And Erdogan’s Defiance

Amidst a worsening economic crisis, largely self-inflicted by the unorthodox economic policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and deteriorating relations with its longstanding ally the United States, Turkey has rolled out a 100-day action plan to initiate its space ambitions. The 100-day action plan has been prepared by the Turkish …

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