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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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#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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UAE’s MBRSC Shortlists 15 Space Startups As Part Of “Innovation Challenge”

WAM/SWGL – The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has shortlisted 15 space technology startups for its “Innovation Challenge,” as part of its participation in the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition’s (GITEX) Future Stars. One of the largest events for startups and entrepreneurs in the region, GITEX Future Stars is …

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ASX-Listed Kleos Space Signs 2nd MoU With Airbus For Manufacturing In-Space Cooperation

Luxembourg-based and ASX-listed Kleos Space S.A, a New Space technology operator, today has announced the signature of a second Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus Defence and Space, as both companies investigate opportunities to collaborate for the manufacture In-Space of structural elements. Kleos Space and parent company Magna Parva (UK) have …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Asia In Space: Cooperation Or Conflict?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan As the Asian Century takes on an interstellar dimension, who will write the rules of the road? Rajeswari Rajagopalan writes that space will likely be no exception to Asia’s great power rivalries. The outer space environment has undergone significant changes in the last decade. Countries in …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Receives $2 Million From ISA; SpaceX Launch Deferred To January 2019

Israel’s Space Agency (ISA) and the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology announced on 10 October 2018 that they will support the Lunar projects of the SpaceIL organization with up to U.S.$2 million in funding. SpaceIL is an Israeli startup founded in 2010 by engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari, and …

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Singapore’s Astroscale’s ELSA-d Mission To Be Launched By Russia’s Glavkosmos in 2020

Astroscale Japan Inc., an affiliate of Singaporean-Japanese New Space company Astroscale that aims to utilise technology top remove space debris in Earth orbit, has contracted with Russian satellite launch provider Glavkosmos/GK Launch Services to launch its End of Life Services by Astroscale –demonstration (ELSA-d) spacecraft on a Soyuz-2 cluster mission …

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Uzbekistan And France Sign Framework Agreement for Space Cooperation

Uzbekistan and France have signed a framework agreement on space cooperation during a state visit to Paris by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on 9 October 2018. The agreement was signed in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron by Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Abdulaziz …

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