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RSC Energia Confirms Loss of Contact with Angosat-1

Russian satellite manufacturer, RSC Energia, has confirmed via its website that contact has been lost with Angosat-1, Angola’s first communications satellite. The satellite was successfully launched on 26 December on a Zenit rocket from Baikonour and contact was initially established but then lost as it made its way to its …

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Algeria Unveils Its National Space Programme to 2040

Algeria plans to send several state-of-the-art satellites as part of its space programme 2020-2040, which is “under study now,” the director general of the Algerian Space Agency, Azzedine Oussedik, said on December 18, 2017, in Algiers. A national space programme, which includes plans for the launch of many cutting-edge satellites, …

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Algeria’s AlComSat-1 Communications Satellite Launched by Chinese Long March-3B SLV

At 00:40 Beijing time on December 11, 2017, the Alcomsat-1 communications satellite was successfully launched for Algeria from Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) aboard a Long March-3B launch vehicle. About 26 minutes after lift-off, according to the data from Xi’an Satellite Tracking and Control Center (XSCC), the Alcomsat-1 satellite was …

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KSA’s SaudiGeoSat-1/Hellas-Sat-4 Satellite Assembly Completed and Shipped for Environmental Testing

Lockheed Martin has completed the major assembly of Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 and has shipped the communications satellite to its Sunnyvale, California, facility to undergo critical environmental testing.  The first of the modernized LM 2100 satellites, Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 is being built for Arabsat/Hellas Sat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. It will …

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Surrey Satellite Ships CARBONITE-2 and Telesat’s LEO-1 for PSLV Launch

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has shipped two small satellites, CARBONITE-2 and LEO-1, to India in preparation for a late December launch on a Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Sriharikota launch site. LEO-1 will be one of two Telesat Phase 1 satellites planned …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: The Conferences SATEXPO & GVF Satellite Hub Summit 2018

The long-standing collaboration of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) continues for 2018 with a further enhanced partnership to bring a programme of strategic debate on key issues for the current satellite industry technology and service marketplace to CABSAT in Dubai. Here, Martin Jarrold, Chief …

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Morocco’s Mohammed VI-A Earth Observation Satellite Successfully Launched by Arianespace

Arianespace has successfully launched the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite dedicated for Earth observation for the Kingdom of Morocco. The satellite was developed by the consortium comprising Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime. The launch took place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 10:42:31 p.m. (local time) …

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Day 2 of the UAE Space Agency-UNOOSA High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development

The second day of the United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum: “Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development,” in Dubai, which is hosted by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and jointly organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Arab …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Simonetta di Pippo of UNOOSA About the High Level Forum Dubai 2017

Prior to this year’s High Level Forum in Dubai, SpaceWatch Middle East spoke with Simonetta di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), about this year’s HLF forecast. We are heading towards the 2017 High Level Forum (HLF) in Dubai. Last year the Dubai Declaration …

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