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Morocco satellite launch could accelerate Spanish space efforts - SpaceNews.com Jan 2018
Regional rivalry: "Morocco’s launch of its Mohammed 6-A satellite last November could accelerate Spain’s work on its SeoSat/Ingenio optical Earth-observation satellite, which is expected to launch in late 2019 or early 2020."

"Budding regional space rivalry?

Meanwhile, Algeria, another regional rival of Morocco, successfully launched its first communication satellite from China on Dec. 11. "
SpaceNews  satellite  EarthObservation  EO  surveillance  reconnaissance  Spain  Morocco  ThalesAlenia  Airbus  Algeria 
january 2018 by pierredv
Six New Entrants to the Satellite Industry in 2017 - Via Satellite - Dec 2017
"Despite tough margins across the market, 2017 marked a number of significant milestones for the global space industry. In March, SpaceX successfully launched and relanded a flight-proven, first-stage booster for the first time; in February, the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) PSLV broke a record for the most satellites launched simultaneously at 104; and in June, Arianespace launched the heaviest payload in history into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO), lofting the combined weight (21,977 pounds) of ViaSat 2 and Eutelsat 172B.

But 2017 was pockmarked by smaller victories too. A number of countries and universities that previously had lackluster or nonexistent space programs have taken big risks to place some of their first satellites into orbit. Here’s a rundown of the newest entrants to the satellite industry this year, as well as other players who have announced their plans to orbit an asset in the near future."

"Japan and Ghana formed an unlikely partnership this year to help orbit the African nation’s first ever satellite, an optical remote sensing CubeSat called GhanaSat 1."

"In November, Arianespace launched Mohammed 6A for Morocco — a high-resolution surveillance satellite that Moroccan officials claim will only be used for civilian purposes. Nonetheless, according to news agency France 24, Morocco’s neighbors are concerned about the satellite’s potential military applications."

"Formosat 5 — which SpaceX launched in August — was the first [Taiwan] designed and manufactured itself"
ViaSatellite  SpaceX  India  space  launch  Arianespace  Japan  Ghana  JAXA  Morocco  Taiwan  satellite 
december 2017 by pierredv

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