SES-12 Craft Was Successfully Launched


Satellite operator SES has confirmed that its SES-12 craft was successfully launched onboard a ‘flight-proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, US. SES-12, which is uniquely designed with state-of-the-art wide beams and high throughput beams, will join SES-8 at 95 degrees East to meet the diverse needs of video, fixed data, mobility and government customers across Asia-Pacific…

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The Union Cabinet Approved Funding For Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV Mk-III


Phase 1 is the first phase of operational flights that will enable the launch of 4 tonne class of communication satellites to meet the country’s satellite communication requirements. The Union Cabinet approved funding for the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III (GSLV Mk-III) continuation programme (Phase-I). The programme consists of ten GSLV (Mk-III) flights, at a total estimated cost of Rs.…

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Satcom Companies Willing to Partner with China to Gain Market Access

Satcom Companies

Multiple satellite communications companies say they are willing to team up with Chinese companies in order to sell into its sizeable but regulatorily challenging market.China’s growing prowess in satellite communications, evidenced by a growing number of exported Chinese satellites and investments in foreign satellite companies, doesn’t have satellite operators and service providers spooked the way it does satellite manufacturers and…

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Nigeria To Launch Two Additional Satellites


The Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited said that it was collaborating with China Great Wall Industry Cooperation to launch two additional satellites.  Samson Osagie, the Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development of the organisation said this in an interview in Nigeria that the satellites would be deployed in the next 36 months. Osagie explained that the durability of a satellite was…

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The World’s First Hyper-Spectral Satellite, To Monitor Air And Land

Hyper-Spectral Satellite

China launched on Gaofen-5, the world’s first hyper-spectral satellite, to monitor air and land, a move that would give China a more comprehensive insight into the atmospheric environment, an expert said. The Gaofen-5 was launched at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center via a Long March 4C carrier rocket. The satellite, developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, is…

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Apstar-6C/134°E Has Launched Successfully


APT Satellite successfully launched the Apstar-6C into orbit with the Long March-3B (LM-3B) launch vehicle from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province of China. Both the satellite and the rocket were developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CALT). Apstar-6C is the 12th satellite placed in-orbit under a contract between China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a…

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ISRO Has Been Developing An Environment-Friendly Propellant


The Indian space agency, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), has been developing an environment-friendly propellant to power Indian satellites and spacecrafts. This ‘green fuel’ is meant to replace the usual hydrazine fuel mixture, which is known to be toxic and the carcinogenic chemicals. Scientists from ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Center (LPSC) have been experimenting with a new propellant blend that’s…

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