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The light-lift Vega ascends from the Spaceport's SLV launch complex with the Mohammed 6-A satellite. Photo: Arianespace

Morocco’s Observation Satellite is Making its Neighbors Nervous

Arianespace successfully launched the Mohammed 6-A Earth observation satellite for Morocco on November 7 aboard a Vega rocket. The satellite has a 70cm resolution, according to France24, which makes Morocco the first African nation with such a powerful observation satellite. This is making some of its neighboring countries’ a bit nervous, Spain included. Read more […]

By | November 24, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai during the Inaugural Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force Meeting on June 15, 2017. Photo: Flickr/USDA.

Could Satellite Broadband Allay Concerns About Net Neutrality?

Next month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to do away with laws regulating the power of broadband providers in the United States. Could new Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations provide an alternative option for consumers concerned about the monopolistic nature of terrestrial broadband? Read more at GeekWire

By | November 22, 2017

This image was compiled using data gathered by NASA's Aqua satellite on Sept. 3, 2010. Credit: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio.

$518 Million Down the Drain: Weather Satellite Will Never Launch

Although NOAA added new weather reporting capabilities with the launch of Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS 1) over the weekend, scientists have expressed dismay at the aging infrastructure monitoring climate change at the poles. Will the private industry have to step in to avoid a blind spot in important weather data collection? Read more […]

By | November 20, 2017

The underside of a cell tower. Photo: Pixabay.

SIA Lauds FCC For Maintaining Satellite Spectrum

The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) has commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its decision to maintain spectrum in the 48.2-50.2 GHz and 40-42 GHz bands for satellite use. This high frequency millimeter wave spectrum could prove to be useful for a number of business opportunities for satellite, including supporting 5G wireless applications. The SIA […]

By | November 17, 2017

A lighthouse off the coast of Unst in the Shetlands. Photo: Shetlands.org.

Small UK Island Could Be the Next Premier Spaceport

A study supported by the UK Space Agency revealed the northernmost island in the Shetlands, Unst, could be a promising new spaceport for launching satellites. According to a Sceptre report, rockets launched from the island could carry very large payloads with low risk to inhabitants in the event of a mission failure. But could a […]

By | November 15, 2017

The second launch of China's heavy-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-5, on July 2 was unsuccessful. Photo: CGTV.

Competition Heats Up in China’s Private Satellite Sector

Since 2014, China has allowed private companies to build and launch their own satellites. Compared to the United States though, the trickle of venture capitalist funds has been slow to flow — but that could soon change as the Chinese government works to coordinate technological capabilities across civil and military space. Read more at the […]

By | November 13, 2017

Angela Merkel, German Chancellor. Photo: Flickr/Pro Medienmagazin.

Germany to Fund Development of Three New Spy Satellites

Germany has allocated 400 million euros ($465 million) to build three spy satellites for the country’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND). If launched by the 2020s as is expected, the system, known as “Georg,” will be the first domestic space hardware launched for the intelligence service. Does this mean Germany is on its way to catch up to […]

By | November 8, 2017

ISRO's PSLV launches the IRNSS-1F mission in March 2016. Photo: ISRO.

ISRO Plans to Double Its Launch Frequency

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to reach a launch cadence of 18 liftoffs per year by 2018 or 2019, according to officials. To accelerate launch operations, the agency intends to outsource to more companies in the Indian space industry, including the possibility of building a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) with industry partners. […]

By | November 6, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai during the Inaugural Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force Meeting on June 15, 2017. Photo: Flickr/USDA.

FCC to Vote on Dedicated Spectrum for Satellite

Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a blog post this week that the FCC will vote on providing 4 GHz of spectrum exclusively for satellite use on Nov. 16. The spectrum would be separate from another 1,700 MHz made available for terrestrial wireless use, he said. Some in the wireless […]

By | November 3, 2017

Associate Professor Law Kay Soon, research engineer Chin Shi Tong, NTU undergraduate A Saravanan, and PhD student Charlie Soon at the NTU Mission Control Room, where X-Sat satellite operations are controlled daily. Photo: National Singapore University.

Could Singapore Become the Next Spacetech Hub?

According to Kay Soon Low, director of the Satellite Technology and Research Center (STAR) at the National University Singapore, interest in satellite technology has exploded in recent years — particularly after the launch of Singapore’s X-Sat in 2011. While the country’s space industry is still relatively young, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) veterans are […]

By | October 30, 2017

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