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John Sheldon

Gilat First to Market with a Complete VSAT-in-a-Box for High-Speed Consumer Broadband

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today the launch of its innovative Scorpio Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)-in-a-box for high-speed consumer broadband. This latest addition to Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c family of VSATs lowers the cost barrier of delivering broadband services via …

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South Korea is considering leasing an Israeli reconnaissance satellite

The South Korean military is considering leasing an Israeli Ofek reconnaissance satellite, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. With tensions between Seoul and North Korea increasing in recent months, South Korea’s military urgently requires a satellite reconnaissance capability that can provides its political and military leadership with enhanced strategic …

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U.S. military missile warning satellite valuable asset in fight with Daesh

The Space-based Infrared System (SBIRS) is a U.S. military satellite system one would not normally associate with the fight against Daesh. Designed to warn of ballistic missile launches, the sophisticated and mostly classified satellite system is now proving to be a valuable intelligence asset in crushing Daesh on the battlefield. …

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Eutelsat pulls plug on Kurdish satellite TV stations in Europe

Allegedly at the request of the Turkish government, Eutelsat has ceased broadcasting two Kurdish satellite television stations in Belgium and Sweden. The Turkish government has shut down several Kurdish media outlets, to include television channels, in Turkey over the past few weeks and it would appear that it is now …

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Challenges and Opportunities for a Kuwaiti Space Programme, Part II

Several weeks ago SpaceWatch Middle East contributor Ghanim Alotaibi, a Kuwaiti engineer and Space Generation Advisory Council member, wrote of the need for a Kuwaiti space programme, but that such an endeavor faces several challenges, starting with the challenge of ‘Kuwaitisation’. This week, Ghanim address the other three challenges Kuwaiti leaders will …

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Eutelsat selects Airbus and Orbital ATK to build replacement satellite serving North Africa

Eutelsat Communications has selected Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital ATK to build a new satellite for the key 5° West orbital position serving mainly video markets in Europe and North Africa. Under the terms of the agreement Airbus Defence and Space will build the satellite’s payload while the platform …

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Qatar’s Es’hailSat reveals Es’hail-2 and Teleport details at IBC 2016

Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, exhibited at the annual IBC conference and exhibition held on 9‐13 September at RAI in Amsterdam. IBC is the premier annual event for the global broadcast, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors. The company showcased Es’hail‐1, currently broadcasting high quality, premium high definition content …

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