China conducts first intercontinental quantum communication video call

On 29 September 2017, he China National Space Administration (CNSA), China’s space agency, conducted the world’s first video conferencing call through a quantum communication satellite network. The call, transmitted between Austria...

Thales Alenia & Airbus on small satellites

The Singapore Space Symposium, held at the National University of Singapore (NUS) on 27 September 2017, saw presentations by Thales Alenia and Airbus on the future of small satellites. During the symposium,...

Thailand’s mu Space Corp picks Blue Origin as launch partner

Yet another agreement involving a NewSpace startup has been signed at this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, following announcements by Fleet, Saber Astronautics, and satsearch.co. mu Space Corp, a startup...

Telkom-1 services fully restored after satellite failure

Yesterday, Telkom Indonesia announced that it has restored 100% of services disrupted due to the failure of its Telkom-1 satellite on 25 August. The service recovery was completed at midnight on Monday,...

ISRO, Glavkosmos meet to discuss Russian satellite propulsion bid

In late August 2017, Roscosmos’ commercial arm Glavkosmos met with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to discuss a Russian satellite propulsion system for ISRO, along with possible areas of cooperation. Led...

SES’ O3b mPower: The satellites, terminals, and capabilities

Yesterday, SES announced plans for a new Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) network known as O3b mPower, which will consist initially of a seven satellite constellation manufactured by Boeing, scheduled to be...

Indonesia, Japan to develop world’s first microsatellite with SAR

As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2013, Indonesia is currently working with Chiba University, Japan, to develop its fifth experimental satellite LAPAN A5, owned by the country's...

ISRO’s PSLV-C39 mission fails due to heat shield mishap

India's PSLV's 41st flight began at 1900 hours IST from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. It was carrying the eighth satellite of the Indian...

Telkom-1 fails, affecting thousands of ATMs throughout Indonesia

On 25 August 2017, Indonesia’s largest telco PT Telkom experienced a service disruption due to the failure of its oldest operational satellite, Telkom-1. Although steps have been taken to remedy the...

USAID, Inmarsat partner on sustainable fishing in South-East Asia

The United States Agency for International Development’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) and Inmarsat Global Limited (Inmarsat) have announced a new partnership to help commercial fishing crews promote sustainable fishing...
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