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Successful Launch of Sentinel-2B Adds to EU’s Copernicus Earth Observation Constellation

Europe´s Copernicus programme has got its second eye. On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 02:49 am CET (March 6, 2017, at 10.49 pm local time), a Vega launcher successfully took off from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying the satellite developed and built under the industrial leadership of Airbus …

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UAE Aims To Be Global Hub For Science, Knowledge, and Exploration

The UAE is a young country that has fast transitioned into a global hub for producing knowledge. With its ‘Shuttle of Hope’, the country has re-affirmed that nothing is impossible. An interactive session titled ‘Above and Beyond Conventional Topics’ at the Public Diplomacy and Government Communication Forum, in Dubai on …

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Iranian General Claims US Deterred Launch of Space Launch Vehicle

In a bizarre statement that will likely be studied for some time by strategic analysts seeking to understand how deterrence works, a senior officer in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) publicly announced that threats from the United States forced Iranian leadership to shelve plans to launch a space launch …

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Iran Space Agency Applies for Five Geostationary Orbital Slots for Ka- and Ku-Band Communications Satellites

The Iran Space Agency (ISA) announced on March 1, 2017, that it had applied to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for five geostationary (GEO) orbital slots for Ka- and Ku-band communications satellites. The announcement was made on the ISA website, and provided no details about when it expects to fill …

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Israel’s Gilat Announces Availability of Mobility-Ready Solution for On-the-Move Applications on Land, Sea and Air

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today the availability of its revolutionary mobility solution for its multi-application SkyEdge II-c platform. The comprehensive mobility feature-set supports unprecedented spectral efficiency and availability while delivering throughput of up to 400Mbps. Gilat’s multi-application platform powered …

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UAE’s Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL recognized by Mobile Satellite Users Association

Leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator Thuraya Telecommunications, today announced that its groundbreaking Thuraya XT-PRO DUAL has been selected as the winner of the “Top Land Mobility Satcom Innovation” category in the Mobile Satellite Users Association’s (MSUA) 2017 Mobility Innovation Awards. This is the second time for Thuraya to have …

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UAE’s MBRSC Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With Korea Aerospace Research Institute

The Dubai, United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in South Korea with the goal of cooperating on various space-related activities and transferring expertise. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al …

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Israel’s Gilat and Hughes to Unveil High Performance Dual-Band Aero Antenna for In-Flight Connectivity at Satellite 2017

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, and Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar company and the global leader in broadband satellite technology networks and services, announced on March 2, 2017, a new high-performance dual Ka-/Ku-band aero antenna agnostic to the underlying very …

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