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India’s Gaganyaan Programme To Receive Technical and Medical Support From France’s CNES

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and ISRO Chairman K. Sivan announced today the creation of a French-Indian working group on human spaceflight, thus following up on one of the main commitments made by President Emmanuel Macron after his State visit to India. CNES and ISRO will be combining their expertise …

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Bahrain And Russia In Talks To Send Astronauts Into Orbit; Roscosmos Mulling Regional Office In Manama

According to several Bahraini and Russian media sources, the Bahraini and Russian governments are in discussions about possibly sending candidates from the small Persian Gulf island to Russia for astronaut training and launch into Earth orbit. “The representatives of the Bahrain Space Science Agency attended a spacecraft launch at Baikonur …

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The Philippines To Sign Space Cooperation Agreement With Russia’s Roscosmos

The Philippines will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Russian national space agency, Roscosmos, that will allow the Southeast Asian country to launch the micro- and nanosatellites it is developing, as well as be a site for a receiving station of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) …

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Myanmar Mulling Space Agency; Earth Observation Small Satellite With Japanese Assistance

Myanmar is mulling creating its own national space agency and the acquisition of an Earth observation small satellite with the assistance of Hokkaido University in Japan. Myanma engineers and scientists are set to take part in the manufacture and integration of some the components and instruments, according to reports in …

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Australian Space Agency And France’s CNES Sign Space Cooperation Agreement

The Australian Space Agency and its French counterpart, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that commits both countries work together to develop their respective space programmes and take full advantage of the rapidly expanding global space industry. The Australian Minister for Industry, …

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Israeli Government To Subsidise Build Of AMOS-8 Communications Satellite By IAI; SSL Out Of The Running

The Israeli government has made the decision to subsidize Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in designing and building a communications satellite following the decision by Spacecom earlier this year to tap U.S. satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL) to build its AMOS-8 satellite instead of giving the contract to IAI. The …

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Indonesia’s LAPAN And BMKG Discuss Space Climate Observatory With France’s CNES

Jean-Yves Le Gall, the president of the French National space agency the Centre national d’etudes spatiales (CNES), visited Jakarta, Indonesia, on 31 August 2018 to meet with his counterparts from the Indonesian space agency, LAPAN, and the Indonesian agency for meteorology, climatology, and geophysics, BMKG, to discuss Indonesia’s participation in …

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India’s Gaganyaan Mission To Send Three Foreign-Trained Vyomanauts Into Space By 2022

Following the announcement in early August 2018 by Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, that India will launch its own Vyomanauts into space by 2022, senior Indian space officials have added more details about what is now called the Gaganyaan programme. Speaking to journalists on 28 August 2018, the Indian Minister …

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Indonesia’s LAPAN Aims To Indigenously Launch One Ton Satellites By 2040

Indonesia’s space agency, Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional (LAPAN), has announced that it intends to launch an indigenous space launch vehicle (SLV) by 2040 with the ability to insert a 1-ton satellite into Low Earth Orbit (LEO), according to SpaceTech Asia. The announcement was made at a briefing in preparation …

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Egypt’s EgyptSat-A Reconnaissance Satellite Set To Be Launched From Russia In November 2018

The EgyptSat-A, also known as MisrSat-A, high-resolution Earth observation satellite is due to be launched by Russia in November 2018, just as the threat to Egypt’s borders and unrest in the Sinai Peninsula is becoming more acute. Egyptian security and military forces are under growing pressure to stop insurgent and …

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