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Nigeria Lobbies To Host African Union Space Centre

Nigeria is lobbying the African Union (AU) to host its African Space Centre, according to a report published in the Nigerian newspaper Independent on 29 October 2018. The Nigerian Minister for Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, advocated on behalf of the Nigerian government to the African Union panel assessing selected African …

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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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U.S. Accuses Russia Of Developing Antisatellite Laser, Other Counterspace Weapons

The United States has accused Russia at the United Nations of developing a range of anti satellite (ASAT) weapons, to include air-launched missiles, lasers, and satellites capable of rendezvousing with their targets in orbit, despite Moscow’s attempts to introduce a proposed treaty that would ban such weapons. “The United States …

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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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New Zealand Startup ZENNO Astronautics Blazes Path For Kiwi New Space

New Zealand startup ZENNO Astronautics, a satellite propulsion and software company founded by three students at the University of Auckland, has won a NZ$25,000 (U.S.$16,240) share of a NZ$100,000 (U.S.$64,950) total prize fund of the university’s 2018 Velocity Challenge. ZENNO Astronautics was founded in 2017 with the aim of developing …

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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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