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UAE’s MBRSC Orders Environmental Monitoring Satellite from Canada’s Space Flight Laboratory

The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced on May 16, 2017, the signing of a new contract to provide Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) with a small microsatellite for aerosol and greenhouse gas monitoring.  SFL’s Next-generation Earth Monitoring and Observation (NEMO) platform technology, which incorporates high performance ground target …

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Analyst: Iran’s Cyber Warfare Capabilities Of Concern, But Hardly Sophisticated or Dangerous

A prominent U.S. cyber warfare expert has admonished other cyber security experts for exaggerating the danger posed by Iran’s cyber warfare and espionage organisations and entities. Dr. Brandon Valeriano, a Reader at Cardiff University in Wales and author of Cyber War versus Cyber Realities published by Oxford University Press in …

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UAE’s Masdar Institute Graduates First Class From Its MSc Space Systems Course

Yahsat, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Orbital ATK, today celebrated the graduation ceremony of the first batch from the Institute’s Master’s Concentration in Space Systems and Technology at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, today. The ceremony was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief …

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Israel Defence Forces Will Not Create a Cyber Command, But Will Strengthen Military Cyber Defences

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has decided not to create a unified cyber command that would have placed its signals intelligence collection, offensive cyber operations, and cyber defence units under one central military organisation that would have been the equivalent of Israel’s land, sea, and air forces. Instead, the IDF …

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Israel’s Gilat Inflight Modem Wows Investors at GoGo Event

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on May 16, 2017, that its in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution demonstrated unprecedented end-user throughput of over 100Mbps in Gogo’s live airborne media and investor event. Gilat’s airborne modem powers Gogo’s 2Ku service and will be …

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WannaCry Ransomware Attack Wreaks Global Havoc, but Limited Damage in the Middle East So Far

The ransomware cyber-attack that occurred on May 12, 2017, has wreaked global havoc as computers using the Microsoft Windows XP and 2003 operating systems had their data encrypted by unknown perpetrators who demanded victims pay a ransom for their data to be decrypted. To date, cyber security experts and researchers …

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U.S. Intelligence Voices Concerns About Iranian Satellite Jamming and Spoofing Capabilities

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, voiced growing U.S. concerns about Iranian satellite jamming and spoofing activity in testimony he gave to the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2017. The testimony by Mr. Coats was part of the annual briefing on …

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Algeria Telecom Satellite Hosts Arabsat for SATCOM Workshop

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization, Arabsat, in cooperation with Algeria Telecom Satellite (ATS), are holding a workshop in Algiers  May 15-16, 2017. Arabsat will showcase its satellites and latest capabilities that demonstrate how Arabsat can provide up-to-date technical solutions for satellite telecommunications and Internet services covering the entire Algerian territory. …

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Inmarsat and Actility Deploy City-Wide Internet of Things Network in Kigali to Support Smart City Initiative

Inmarsat will deploy LoRaWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) infrastructure around the city of Kigali to support the Rwandan capital’s flagship smart city project. The network, which will be active for an initial period of a year from May 1, 2017, will be the connectivity platform for a variety of Internet …

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