Satrec Initiative of South Korea is preparing to bring a second orbiting satellite into service as it ratchets up its challenge to market leader Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. The two manufacturers participated in something of a direct face-off last week as both launched new spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on board a Russian Dnepr booster. The mission, designated RS-20, included a pair of small 12-kg. (26.4-lb.) communications satellites, AprizeSat-3 and -4, and a ...

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