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Israel’s IDF postpones creation of military cyber command

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has decided to postpone the creation of a cyber command, opting instead to reorganise its existing military commands to better define the roles and missions of its offensive and defensive cyber warfare capabilities. The decision comes after intensive planning was begun several months ago by …

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SpaceX cites technical failure in AMOS-6 launch blast

SpaceX announced on 2 January 2017 that it had identified the cause of the catastrophic explosion of its Falcon-9 space launch vehicle (SLV) containing Israeli company Spacecom’s AMOS-6 communications satellite on 1 September 2016. SpaceX and U.S. government and space industry experts believe that the explosion occurred due to the …

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Turkey hosts Free Telecommunication Operator Association’s 9th General Assembly

The Free Telecommunication Operators Association’s (TELKODER) 9th General Assembly was held in Ankara. At the General Assembly, which was held at the Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) Congresium, Galip Zerey, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communication, said that Turkey supports the joint use of capacity …

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Turksat Chairman announces that Turksat 6-A construction is underway

Türksat attended the 2nd Global SatShow, which brought together prominent companies from the world satellite and space technology sector and which was organized this year under the “Smart Connections” theme. At the Istanbul Haliç Congress Centre, where the conference was hosted by ESOA (EMEA Satellite Operators Association) along with MÜSİAD’s …

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Iran tests cyber and electronic warfare capabilities in Defenders of Velayat Skies 7 military exercise

Iran is nearing the completion of a largescale air defence exercise in the southern provinces of the country that has involved simulations of cyber and electronic warfare capabilities by units from the regular Iranian armed forces, the Artesh, air, naval, and land elements of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). …

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Spacecom Orders Multi-Band High-Throughput Satellite From Boeing Satellite Systems International

Spacecom, the Israeli operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, announced on 21 December 2016 that it has entered into a satellite procurement agreement with Boeing Satellite Systems International. The deal for AMOS-17 is worth U.S.$161 million. The new satellite, AMOS-17, expected to be launched in 2019, will operate from 17°E …

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Vaezi announces launch of three Iranian satellites by 2018

In what appears to be another schedule slippage in the Iranian space programme, the Iranian Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi, announced that three domestically built satellites will be launched by 2018. The first satellite scheduled for launch is the Dousti (Farsi for Friendship), also known as SharifSat, …

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