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Singapore’s SpaceChain Sends Blockchain Tech To The International Space Station

SpaceChain announced on 5 December 2019 that its blockchain hardware wallet technology is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of the CRS-19 commercial resupply service mission. This is the first technology demonstration of blockchain hardware on the ISS, and it will …

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UAE’s TRA Completes Participation In WRC-19

The UAE concluded its participation in the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, with the participation of 165 Member States, thus contributing significantly in highlighting the role of the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG), and presenting many working papers and opinions on all the topics …

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Israel’s Gilat Wavestream Awarded $6M Contract By U.S. Defense Department

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 4 December 2019 that its subsidiary Wavestream received orders for over U.S.$6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its state-of-the-art GaN BUCs,  to be supplied as the first award of a …

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UAE’s Yahsat And Hughes Launch Brazilian Satellite Broadband Service

Hughes Network Systems LLC, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), announced on 6 December 2019 the commencement of a joint venture …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Completes 10th Mission, Demonstrates Booster Reusability

Rocket Lab, a commercial space launch company, successfully completed its 10th launch on 6 December 2019 from its launch complex in New Zealand, placing seven small satellites in orbit as well as returning its Electron booster back to Earth. As well as being its tenth consecutive successful launch, Rocket Lab’s …

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Egypt’s Nilesat Taps Thales Alenia Space To Built Nilesat 301 COMSAT

Thales Alenia Space, a Joint Venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced on 4 December 2019 that it has signed a contract with the Egyptian operator Nilesat to build the Nilesat-301 geostationary communications satellite, winning the contract against an international field of competitors. Positioned at 7° West, Nilesat-301 will …

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Kacific Secures $160 Million In Long-Term Credit Facilities

As it readies for its first satellite launch next week, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) announced on 6 December 2019 that it has closed credit facilities totalling U.S.$160 million with a group of financial institutions including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GuarantCo. The financing from ADB comprises a loan …

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Israel’s Gilat Achieves 1.2GBPS On Modem Over Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO Satellite

Gilat has confirmed that it has achieved the fastest ever modem speeds of 1.2 Gbps total throughput over Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite. This industry milestone demonstrates the potential of high throughput Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO) satellite constellations. Gilat’s technology opens up opportunities for new telecommunications products and a wider range …

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