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China’s New Space Race: First Satellite Of CASC’s Hongyan LEO SATCOM Constellation To Launch By End Of 2018

The first of 320 satellites in the Chinese Hongyan low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites communications mega-constellation is expected to be launched by the end of 2018 on board a Long March-2D satellite launch vehicle, according to reporting by Andrew Jones in the GBTimes. The Hongyan constellation is being developed by the …

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Space Silk Road: China Establishes Basic Global Satellite PNT Coverage With Latest BeiDou Launch

China launched two BeiDou-3 satellites on 19 November 2018, and in doing so it can provide basic global satellite positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services by the end of 2018. The basic service will first be offered to countries participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and offered globally …

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Space Silk Road: Pakistan And China Enhance Space, Science And Technology Cooperation

During his recent visit to China, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Chinese counterparts signed a number of agreements that commit both countries to space, science, and technology cooperation. The science and technology relationship between Islamabad and Beijing dates back to the 1970’s, and has typically involved technology transfers …

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Arianespace Successfully Launches Morocco’s Mohammed VI-B EO Satellite

Arianespace has successfully launched the MOHAMMED VI-B Earth observation satellite, developed for the Kingdom of Morocco by a consortium comprising Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime. Arianespace’s ninth launch of the year, and the second using Vega in 2018, took place on Tuesday, November 20, …

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China’s New Space Race: LandSpace Technology Launch Company Gets $43 Million In Series B Funding

Chinese New Space satellite launch company LandSpace Technology announced on 20 November 2018 that it has received 300 million Yuan (U.S.$43 million) in a just-completed Series B funding round, according to Chinese news platform Weixin. The U.S.$43 million funding round was led by Huachuang Capital along with Zhongyi Investment, Xidian …

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Middle East Space And Satellite News Roundup For November 2018

It has been a busy few weeks in the Middle Eastern satellite and space sector, with developments and activities taking place from Morocco to Iran, and all points in between. The following is a roundup of the regional space and satellite news that was not previously covered in-depth by SpaceWatch.MiddleEast. …

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Japan’s ANA Holdings And Marubeni Partner To Build First Asian Spaceport

Japanese company ANA Holdings, best known for operating All Nippon Airlines, and trading house Marubeni Corporation have partnered to build a spaceport in Japan as early as 2021, according to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review. The spaceport will be used for private space travel, such as space tourism, …

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Qatar’s Es’hail-2 Successfully Launched By SpaceX Falcon-9 SLV

SpaceX successfully launched the Es’hail-2 satellite for Qatar’s Es’hailsat on Thursday, 15 November 2018, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, United States. Liftoff occurred at 3:46 p.m. EST, or 20:46 UTC, and the satellite was deployed to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) about 32 minutes …

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New Space Launch Unicorn Rocket Lab Announces $140 Million Investment

U.S. New Space launch provider Rocket Lab has closed a Series E financing round of U.S.$140 million. The funding round closed last month, prior to the launch of the successful mission ‘It’s Business Time,’ and was led by existing investor Future Fund, with strong participation from current investors including Greenspring …

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Morocco’s Mohammed VI-B Imaging Satellite Launch Expected 20 November 2018

Morocco’s Mohammed VI-B high-resolution Earth observation satellite is expected to be launched on an Arianespace launch vehicle from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana on 20 November 2018, on board an Arianespace Vega satellite launch vehicle, with the mission dubbed by Arianespace as Vega Flight VV13. If the launch …

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