Satellite connectivity a key focus for Indonesia in 2019

On January 4, Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) announced its four key focus areas for the year 2019, with satellite connectivity being one of them. According to Minister Rudiantara,...

China launches first Hongyan LEO comms satellite

Today, at 7:51 a.m. Beijing time, China successfully launched the first demonstration satellite of the proposed Hongyan Low Earth Orbit (LEO) communications constellation. The satellite was orbited using the Long March...

Rocket Lab launches 13 CubeSats for NASA

On Sunday, December 16, Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off at 06:33 UTC (19:33 NZDT) from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula. This was Rocket...

ISRO’s satellite budgets & plans, India’s Space Bill

Yesterday, during a session of the Lok Sabha (the Indian parliament’s Lower House), several questions were raised about the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO’s) budget and plans, as well an official...

Australian Space Agency to be based in Adelaide, South Australia

Today, the Australian government announced that the newly-established Australian Space Agency will be based in Adelaide, South Australia, where the International Astronautical Congress 2017 (IAC 2017) was held. At present, the Australian...

Gilat to provide disaster management platform to Japan

Japan’s Local Authorities Satellite Communications Organization (LASCOM), which manages the nation’s satellite communications during disasters, has selected Gilat to provide a disaster response platform for the whole of Japan. Gilat’s role in...

Thales Alenia Space signs contracts for South Korea’s military radar constellation

Yesterday, Thales Alenia Space announced that it has signed contracts to provide components and technological know-how for four radar satellites to be developed for South Korea’s Agency for Defence Development (ADD),...

Swedish Space Corp opens new ground station in Thailand

On November 23, the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) officially opened a multi-mission ground station in Sri Racha, Thailand, at the Space Krenovation Park (SKP), a science park developed by Thailand’s space...

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO to invest US$11.7m in space tech research

Today, Australia’s national science agency CSIRO announced it will be investing US$25.6 million (AU$35m) in space technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI), of which US$11.7m (AU$16m) will go to space technology. The new...

China launches BeiDou-3 satellites, completing basic global GNSS constellation

Early this morning, at 2:07 a.m. Beijing time (GMT+8), China launched the final two BeiDou-3M satellites needed to provide basic Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) services on a global scale. The launch...
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