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3D Printing
Fleet Space, Konica Minolta partner for 3D printer offering
Fleet Space has partnered with Konica Minolta to implement 3D printers from 3D Systems to support the commercial small satellite manufacturer’s offerings.
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Cloud
Microsoft and Manaaki Whenua to map NZ's forest cover change
Microsoft and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, are teaming up to develop improved detection of land use and forest cover change in New Zealand.
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Data solutions
South Australia state satellite makes significant progress
South Australia’s first state satellite has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR), moving it closer to providing tangible data solutions.
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Microsoft
Huge success for Intelsat, Microsoft satellite-based cloud
Intelsat has announced the successful demonstration of its private cellular network with Microsoft Azure Private Multi-Access Edge Compute and FlexEnterprise.
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Cloud
Smartphone users in emerging markets to benefit from new HERE and Transsion partnership
With the global number of mobile internet users expected to reach five billion by 2025 ( a 25% increase from 2020), emerging markets are consistently looking for ways to meet the demands for network capabilities.
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Kacific
HGC Global Communications Limited collaborates with Kacific Broadband Satellites Group
HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC) has partnered with Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) with the collaboration looking to provide better broadband solutions for customers across Southeast Asia.
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Space
Microsoft’s Azure Space – Cloud above the clouds
The company has hired a team to build cloud capabilities that meet the unique needs of space.
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Space
Kacific satellite payload to take off on SpaceX launch
Its 56 high-throughput spot beams will place capacity over selected regions in South East Asia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.
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Space
Thales and RMIT create new standard for space communication
The joint research project will help to ensure interoperability of high accuracy satellite-based positioning services.
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5G
KT SAT successfully conducts 'world first' 5G satellite transmission
Korean satellite communications service provider KT SAT has claimed that it has successfully conducted the world’s first 5G transmission with a satellite connection.
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Startup
Startup’s ‘super-map’ takes on Google Earth
The startup company is attempting to create a map that will rival Google Earth by providing near real-time global imagery from commercial satellites, aerial cameras and drones.
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Mergers and Acquisitions
Aussie telco Pivotel acquires two US satellite companies
Double US acquisition pivots Aussie telco Pivotel into North America, Latin America and Europe.
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5G
New broadband telco satellite to be launched in Indonesia
Thales Alenia Space has been chosen to design and manufacture the broadband telecommunication satellite named SATRIA.
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Satellite
NZ Space Agency to track satellites launched from NZ
The tracking tool will have huge benefits for future commercial space activity – and for avoiding space debris.
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Satellite
US 'Space Fence' tracked satellite breakup debris in real time
While this was all a test run and the Space Fence is not currently operational, it does show that its surveillance is able to observe these events unfolding at different altitudes in real time. 
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Analytics
$199m centre to boost Australia's space technologies
The Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Satellite Technologies and Analytics (SmartSat CRC) will be the cornerstone of space technologies.
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Wireless
O3b satellites roar into space, scaling SES’s MEO constellation
“As this launch completes our first-gen O3b system of 20 satellites, it also marks the transition into our next-generation MEO system."
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Internet of Things
Aussie company set to democratise direct-to-orbit IoT access
Adelaide-based Myriota has released a developer toolkit that has been trialled and tested by a smart waste management platform.
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Microsoft
Hire company deepens equipment visibility with IoT
Kennards Hire has worked with Microsoft to develop an intelligent edge IoT system that will allow detailed monitoring and reporting across their assets.
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Microsoft
Inmarsat teams up with Microsoft to deliver cloud via satellite
"Our goal is to enable customers to take advantage of connected IoT solutions no matter where they are in their journey."
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Satellite networks
Iridium completes US$3 billion satellite constellation upgrade
The upgraded Iridium constellation enables services such as the AireonSM global aircraft tracking and surveillance system and Iridium Certus, the company's new broadband service.
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Amazon Web Services / AWS
AWS announces pay-as-you-go satellite data download offering
Leverages a network of 12 antenna ground stations in AWS Regions around the world to download, process, store, analyse, and act upon satellite data.
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Network Infrastructure
AU startup hitches a ride to space with Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab and Australian IoT startup Fleet Space Technologies have signed a contract to launch two Proxima IoT satellites this month.
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Satellite
NZ businesses to get wider access to satellite data - no matter what the weather
“Satellite imagery, especially weather-independent synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery, provides a great breadth of opportunity for scientific and commercial application in a place like New Zealand, known as the land of the long white cloud."