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Mann in space - again

Manx-partnered satellite to launch in 2018

The Island will continue to boldly go where others dream - as a Manx-partnered satellite blasts into orbit next year.

Telesat, a long-standing client of Ballasalla-based space contractors ManSat, has recently acquired the cutting-edge Telstar 18 VANTAGE spacecraft.

It's due to begin operations in the next 12 months, covering orbital services in East Asia and Pacific regions.

The Manx 'space commerce' industry - which Telesat were one of the first to take advantage of - was ranked the third biggest worldwide in 2015.

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