Space 

Cambodia to buy Chinese satellite as relations tighten on Belt and Road Initiative

WASHINGTON —  China Great Wall Industry Corp. landed a new satellite order Jan. 11 on the back of a bilateral meeting between Chinese and Cambodian officials that included an agreement to increase trade between the two countries. The Chinese satellite manufacturer inked a “framework agreement” with the Royal Group of Cambodia, an investment firm with companies in transportation, telecommunications and other fields, to build and launch a communications satellite called Techo-1. CGWIC will also provide the launch, ground systems, arrange insurance and facilitate technology transfer for its Cambodian customer. The…

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Fleet details 100 nanosat constellation for Internet of Things connectivity

WASHINGTON — The space industry has at least 10 startups all wanting to use cubesats or other small satellites to help keep all manner of interoperable devices connected to a rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. Among them is Fleet, an Adelaide, Australia-based company formed in 2015 that counts the French space agency CNES as one of its partners. Fleet raised roughly $3.8 million in a Series A funding round at the beginning of this year, providing capital to build two of a desired 100 nanosatellites for connecting industrial…

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Le Gall reflects on successful International Astronautical Congress

When the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) selected Adelaide, Australia, as the site of its 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), many feared the worst. They worried the location would depress attendance, particularly for the many attendees from Europe and North America who would need to spend the better part of a day to get there. Those fears turned out to be unfounded. The IAC wrapped up a month ago with more than 4,500 attendees, a figure that the IAF’s president, Jean-Yves Le Gall, called “very outstanding.” The week-long event started with…

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