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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Masashi Sato Of NRI On The State and Future of Japanese New Space

Japan’s New Space scene is little known and understood outside of Tokyo, despite the emergence of some interesting startups such as iSpace and Infostellar to name just two as well as some big Japanese government announcements about supporting startups in the space sector. SpaceWatch.Global reached out to Masashi Sato, a Senior Consultant …

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China’s New Space Race: Successful Long March 2C Launch For Spacety Commercial Payloads

A Chinese Long March 2C satellite launch vehicle successfully took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in Northwest China on Monday, 29 October 2018, lofting the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT) as its primary payload as well as four Cubesats for Chinese New Space satellite manufacturer Spacety. One other satellite belonging to …

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Development In Africa With Radio Astronomy (DARA) Project Wins Better Satellite World Award

A team including satellite communications innovator Goonhilly Earth Station and a consortium of universities and institutes led by the University of Leeds’ School of Physics and Astronomy today announced that they have won a Better Satellite World Award for the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) project. DARA, a Newton Fund project …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: A Fond Farewell From Michael Simpson Of The Secure World Foundation

After seven fruitful years with the Secure World Foundation, Michael K. Simpson is retiring from his role as Executive Director. Dr. Simpson joined SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening was …

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China’s New Space Race: Spacety To Deliver Four Payloads On Long March 2C On 29 October

Spacety, a Chinese small satellite startup, is set to launch four CubeSats for a range of clients on a Long March 2C launch vehicle on Monday, 29 October 2018, according to GBTimes’Andrew Jones. The four satellites were delivered from Spacety’s facility to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre during the first …

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Pakistan To Send Astronaut Into Orbit By 2022 With Chinese Help

Pakistan announced on 25 October 2018 that it will send an astronaut into orbit by 2022 with the help of China, weeks after its arch-geopolitical rival India announced the start of its own human spaceflight programme, Gaganyaan, in cooperation with Russia, France, and other countries. The announcement was made by …

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UK’s Goonhilly Earth Station Opens Consultancy, Engineering, And Manufacturing Office

The UK’s Goonhilly Earth Station has opened an office in Farnborough, UK, as part of its expansion plans to offer consultancy, design, engineering, and small-scale manufacturing services to the global space and satellite sector. The new facility, located at the Cody Technology Park in Farnborough, Hampshire, provides Goonhilly with room …

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Japan’s New Space Sector Buoyed Up, But Is It Meeting Market Needs?

The Japanese New Space sector has never had it so good, though no one denies that there is much more to do. Investments are up, a robust ecosystem is emerging, and the Japanese government and large trading houses are now supportive of the sector: significant progress when compared to just …

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South Korea Postpones KSLV-II Engine Test Due To Fuel Pressurization Problem

The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has announced that it is postponing the planned engine test of its Korean Space Launch Vehicle-II (KSLV-II) rocket engine after a pre-test check found a problem with the engine’s propellant pressurization system. The single-stage rocket with South Korea’s first home-made booster engine was scheduled …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: James Yenbamroong On New Space Investments In The Asia-Pacific

Thai New Space entrepreneur James Yenbamroong, the founder and CEO of mu Space, is emerging as perhaps the preeminent New Space advocate, investor, and role model in Southeast Asia. He has articulated an exciting and bold space vision, is building a solid and cutting edge venture in the form of …

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