Thales & Inmarsat To Build Global Xpress (GX) Satellite

The Thales Alenia Space joint venture (JV) between Thales and Leonardo has entered a $130m deal with Inmarsat to build a new Global Xpress (GX) communication satellite. Once built, the very high-throughput satellite (VHTS) is scheduled to be launched by 2019 to offer services across the Middle East, Europe and the Indian subcontinent. Forming a part of Inmarsat’s existing GX…

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ISRO to Launch Cartosat 2E

Now, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has scheduled the launch of the Cartosat-2E satellite on board its proven workhorse `Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’ – PSLV-C 38. Preparations are on full swing as the vehicle is assembled and integrated with the satellite. “Called the `Eye in the sky’, Cartosat-2E satellite is an advanced remote sensing satellite or earth observation satellite having…

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India Has Launched Heaviest Rocket With GSAT-19 Satellite

India launched a new rocket, extending the country’s ability to place larger payloads into orbit. Until now, India had depended on buying launch slots from other countries and organisations, using the European Space Agency’s Ariane 5 rocket, for example. India’s 43m-tall Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk3) took to the skies on 5 June from the Satish Dhawan space centre,…

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ISRO Makes History With The Launching Of GSLV Mk III The Success Must Go To People’s Ear

The Indian space programme has had many monumental successes. On June 5, we witnessed one of them: the launch of the first GSLV Mk III carrying an active cryogenic upper stage. Where were you when it happened and what were you doing? Everyone had expected the launch to succeed given how assiduous Indian Space Research Organisation scientists have traditionally been.…

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South Korea Has Launched Its Fourth Satellite ‘Mugunghwa-7’

South Korea has launched its fourth telecommunications satellite, dubbed ‘Mugunghwa-7’. The new satellite is designed to provide enhanced broadcasting and communications services, Yonhap news agency reports, citing a statement from the Korean ICT ministry said. The satellite will be used to provide broadcasting and communication services based on LTE technology over the Asian region starting in July. The Mugunghwa-7 commercial…

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Chinasat 16 Is Launched Successfully

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket fired into space with Shijian 13, also known as Chinasat 16, to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of China, airline travellers and high-speed trains. The Shijian 13 satellite also has an experimental mission to test laser communications technology and electric thrusters to maintain its position in geostationary orbit. The spacecraft — with a…

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South Asia Satellite to Benefit South Asia Region Another Feather on ISRO’s Crown

India has launched on the ‘South Asia Satellite’ that will benefit all the countries in the region, except Pakistan which is not a part of the project. A. S. Kiran Kumar, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that the satellite, with a lift-off mass of 2,195 kg, would carry 12 ku-band transponders. “Pakistan is not included in…

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