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Ethiopia to start work on space launch vehicle, domestically made satellites

The Ethiopian government announced on 3 January 2017 that it intends to build its own medium-sized space launch vehicle (SLV) and develop the capabilities to domestically build satellites. The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said that it will develop a medium-sized SLV that should have its maiden launch …

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SpaceX cites technical failure in AMOS-6 launch blast

SpaceX announced on 2 January 2017 that it had identified the cause of the catastrophic explosion of its Falcon-9 space launch vehicle (SLV) containing Israeli company Spacecom’s AMOS-6 communications satellite on 1 September 2016. SpaceX and U.S. government and space industry experts believe that the explosion occurred due to the …

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Vaezi announces launch of three Iranian satellites by 2018

In what appears to be another schedule slippage in the Iranian space programme, the Iranian Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi, announced that three domestically built satellites will be launched by 2018. The first satellite scheduled for launch is the Dousti (Farsi for Friendship), also known as SharifSat, …

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Israel and India enter into agreement to develop high-res radar satellites

The Israel Space Agency (ISA) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have agreed to collaborate on space projects during a recent Israeli visit to India. Avi Blasberger, the head of ISA, was accompanied by Israel’s Minister for Science, Technology, and Space, Offir Akunis, and former Minister of Science, Technology, …

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Turkey’s space agency still stalled by lack of policy and disagreements over who is in charge

With the launch last week of Göktürk-1, the latest Turkish reconnaissance satellite, attention has now turned to the status of the long awaited Turkish Space Agency. Writing in Al-Monitor, Turkish journalist and retired military officer, Metin Gurcan, has provided revealing details about why the Turkish government has found establishing a …

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SSPI wants your recommendations for The Rising Five!

Nominations for SSPI’s inaugural annual list of The Rising Five are open. This is your opportunity to have your say on the five New Space Companies in the satellite industry that have made the most progress in the past year. Nominated companies can come from the launch, manufacturing, satellite operations …

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Airbus Safran Launchers Becomes a Shareholder in Arianespace

Following the completion of all the necessary regulatory, consultation and approval procedures, Airbus Safran Launchers has now purchased the shares in Arianespace held by the French space agency CNES (Centre national des études spatiales). The transaction will close on 31st December 2016. As industrial lead contractor for Ariane 5 and the …

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Pakistan to get Earth imaging satellite from China in 2018

China Great Wall Industry Corporation announced on 26 November 2016 that it is making inroads into the Middle East’s Earth observation satellite market, and that the remote sensing satellite it is building for Pakistan will be launched in 2018. Speaking on the sidelines of the Symposium on Space International Cooperation …

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DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 commercial earth observation satellite successfully launched after wildfire delay

WorldView-4, DigitalGlobe’s latest high-resolution Earth observation satellite, was finally, and successfully, launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V launch vehicle. The launch took place on 11 November 2016, just under two months after its scheduled launch. The lengthy delay was caused by …

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Op’ed: Space in Europe: we are living in exciting times!

Europe is about to make key decisions that will affect its place in space for the coming years. Through its flagship projects, both current and future, it will strive to ensure that it remains a strong and influential player. Vera Pinto Gomes, Policy Analyst at the EU Satellite Navigation Programme, gives her …

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