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Pakistan’s SUPARCO Takes Control Of PRSS-1 And PakTES-1A From China

Pakistan has taken over control of its Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS)-1 and the PakTES-1A experimental satellite from Chinese operators just over a month after the two satellites were launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China. The handover was announced on 14 August 2018 by a spokesperson for …

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Angara Rocket May Become Reusable

According to Alexander Medvedev, the chief designer of launch vehicles, deputy general director of the TsNIIMash rocket and spacecraft scientific center, and one of the ideologists of the Angara rocket, the Angara-A5B heavy-lift launch vehicle can be modified to be reusable, with landings performed using landing legs similar to those …

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India’s PM Modi Announces First Manned Space Mission By 2022 In Re-Election Bid

Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi announced on 15 August 2018 – India’s Independence Day – that India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022. The announcement was made by Modi in what is his last Independence Day speech ahead of the general election to be held in early 2019. “India …

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Turkish Minister Varank Insists Turkey’s Space Agency Will Be Established This Year

The Turkish minister for Science, Industry, and Technology, Mustafa Varank, said on 7 August 2018 that the Turkish government will establish the Turkish Space Agency this year in order to coordinate the country’s space activities and manage international cooperation and relations. “The Turkish Space Agency will be founded this year …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov about Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway Part II

Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway (LOP-G) is a future international lunar orbiting outpost, planned to be built in the 2020s. We talked about the development of the project, its tasks and goals as well as about Russia’s participation with Oleg Valerievich Kotov, pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation, recipient of the …

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China Seeks To Enhance Soft Power Through Space Science Cooperation On Planned Space Station

China is seeking to enhance its soft power and global scientific reputation by inviting international participation and cooperation in space science experiments on its planned space station. Proposals and projects can be submitted online and peer-reviewed. Submitted projects will go through to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). The offer is open …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov about Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway Part I

Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway (LOP-G) is a future international lunar orbiting outpost, planned to be built in the 2020s. We talked about the development of the project, its tasks and goals as well as about Russia’s participation with Oleg Valerievich Kotov, pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation, recipient of the …

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Nine UAE Candidates Now In Russia For Astronaut Selection and Training

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A team from the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) consisting of Emirati officials and nine astronaut candidates are now in Russia, according to Russian state space agency Roscosmos. The nine Emirati astronaut candidates will now undergo further selection tests and medical evaluations by Russian specialists. From that group …

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Singapore’s Astroscale To Open Satellite Control Facility In United Kingdom

Singaporean New Space company Astroscale has announced that it will open a National In-Orbit Servicing Control Facility in Harwell, UK. Astroscale is among the most high-profile company looking to remove space debris from orbit. This UK facility, which will open at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, Oxfordshire, will support …

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