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China Developing In-Orbit Transport Vehicle For Satellite Life Extension

With a number of Western satellite companies developing in-orbit servicing capabilities that can refuel, maintain, and even upgrade communications satellites already in orbit, it was only a matter of time before China started to develop its own capability. Last week Chinese engineers announced that they have done just that, but …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Russian Private Space Companies: A Brief Overview

The history of the market economy in Russia can be traced back more than a quarter of a century, but the country’s private space sector began to emerge relatively recently: most of the industry players known today joined the market only about 5 years ago. This can be explained by …

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Australian Government Announces Development of Sovereign Launch Technologies

The Australian Government will fund the development of a rocket engine as part of the creation of a sovereign launch capability. Last week, it announced government support for Australian based research into rocket propulsion technology and suggested that launching satellites could soon become a reality in Australia. The Responsive Access …

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Australia’s Fleet Space Opens Internet Of Things SATCOM Ground Station

Australian New Space satellite communications company Fleet Space opened a satellite ground station last week as part of its mission to build a constellation of small satellites and associated ground infrastructure to provide connectivity for the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The station, located at Pinkerton Plains about 70 kilometres north of Adelaide, opened …

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UAE’s Khalifasat Earth Observation Satellite Will Be Launched From Japan By End Of 2018

Prelaunch preparations are underway to ready KhalifaSat for launch into orbit before the end of the year from a launch facility in Japan aboard a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA satellite launch vehicle, according to the Director-General of the UAE Space Agency. Khalifasat is the first satellite to be wholly …

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New Russian Soyuz-5 Rocket Development Begins


Russian enterprises have started developing a medium-lift launch vehicle Soyuz-5, said Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation. He has written in his Twitter that ‘Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Progress Rocket Space Centre and Joint Stock Company ‘NPO Energomash’ started developing Soyuz-5 rocket. Afterwards we are going to …

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Australia’s Gilmour Space Appoints Top U.S. Space Experts To Advisory Board

Gilmour Space, the Australian and Singaporean New Space launch company, has announced the appointment of two space veterans, Pamela Melroy, a former NASA astronaut, and Dava Newman, former Deputy Administrator of NASA, to its advisory board, as it prepares to enter the global small launch market in 2020. “We are …

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