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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Australia – The Quiet Achiever in Space

Australia is no emerging space nation. In fact, its history in space goes all the way back to the 1950s and it has quietly worked to make achievements in the industry that are both consistent and significant. However, when the International Astronautical Congress was held in Adelaide last year, Australia …

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Israel and ESA In Discussions Over Cooperative Agreement

Speaking at the 13th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference in Tel Aviv this week, the Director-General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jan Wörner, said that discussion are underway for Israel to cooperate with the pan-European space agency under a “special arrangement.” In an interview with The Times of Israel, Wörner …

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Taiwan’s New Ballistic Missile Capable of Launching Microsatellites

Taiwan is reportedly developing its Yun Feng (Cloud Peak) medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) so that it is capable of launching microsatellites. Developed by National Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology, the Yun Feng is based on the Skybow missile that uses a solid fuel booster capable of launching 50-200 …

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India Establishing Satellite Tracking Station in Vietnam

Following a visit to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc on January 24, 2018, India and Vietnam have agreed to go ahead with the establishment of an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) satellite tracking and satellite imagery receiving station to be located in Ho …

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Early Indications Suggest Successful Al Yah-3 Launch, Opening New Markets

Early indications suggest that Arianespace has successfully launched Yahsat’s Al Yah-3 and SES’s SES-14 communications satellites into geostationary orbit. The launch, designated VA241 by Arianespace, was conducted by an Ariane 5 space launch vehicle from the Kourou space launch centre in French Guiana, located in Latin America. An Arianespace press …

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Kenya’s 1KUNS-PF Cubesat Ready for Launch by Japan

Kenya’s first indigenously-built satellite – First Kenyan University Nano Satellite-Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF) – has been completed and handed over to the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) from where it will be deployed into orbit. The 1KUNS-PF Cubesat is the first satellite developed …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Three Satellites from New Zealand

Rocket Lab has successfully reached orbit with the test flight of its second Electron orbital launch vehicle, Still Testing. Electron lifted-off at 14:43 NZDT from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand. Following successful first and second stage burns, Electron reached orbit and deployed customer …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Want Faster Data and a Cleaner Planet? Start Mining Asteroids

How do we kickstart a space-based economy that includes everything from communications, orbiting satellites, clean energy, and asteroid mining? Here, planetary scientist Philip Metzger of the University of Central Florida lays out a proposed roadmap to get there. This essay was originally published by Aeon on January 9, 2018, and is …

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Did China Just Launch SaudiSat-5B?

The Chinese launch of what many believe to be a military reconnaissance satellite, the Ludikancha Weixing-3 (LKW-3) – or Land Surveying Satellite 3, on January 13, 2018, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre (JSLC) may have also included the SaudiSat-5B Earth observation satellite, according to a report in SpaceFlight Insider. …

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