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John Sheldon

Three Algerian satellites successfully launched by India

The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) has announced that three Algerian satellites – Alsat-1B, Alsat-2B and Alsat-1N – have been successfully launched on 26 September 2016 by an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV C35, from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Sriharikota site, known as the Satich Dahwan …

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Türksat, Inmarsat join forces on SATCOM, technology transfer

British satellite communications company Inmarsat and Turkey’s satellite operator Türksat have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on satellite services, maritime communications, and in the defence and aerospace sectors, according to Turkish media outlets. Speaking to reporters in Ankara on 27 September 2016, the Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications …

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Thuraya lecture forms part of UAE space-based workforce development program

Leading UAE based mobile satellite service operator, Thuraya Telecommunications organized a lecture and workshop at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation and Security Solutions at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The event was held for participants of the recently launched Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program by the UAE Space Agency …

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SES unveils tactical surveillance and communications capability to address local and global security threats

SES S.A. has introduced a fully integrated portable surveillance and communications solution designed to provide enhanced situational awareness for border security, special event monitoring and disaster response missions around the world. Tactical Persistent Surveillance (TPS), SES’s first Government+ product offering, is a highly portable solution capable of quick global deployment …

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Turkey claims it is ready to launch space agency, but seems no further than where it was five months ago

The Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister, Ahmet Arslan, told Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak Online on 23 September 2016 that the government in Ankara is ready to establish the Turkish Space Agency once parliament has debated and approved the draft bill authorising its creation. Mr. Arslan said, “We continue …

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Eutelsat unveils new SATCOM interference single-satellite geolocation solution

Eutelsat Communications has validated the performance of a unique one-satellite geolocation solution that is now being deployed across its global monitoring network. The SIECAMS® ILS ONE service developed by Siemens Convergence Creators assists in the localisation of interference signals without the need for an adjacent satellite, thereby increasing Eutelsat’s ability …

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Israel’s great space recovery? IAI engineers fixing Ofek-11 in orbit, first images transmitted

Israeli press outlets are reporting that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) engineers are resolving many of the technical faults discovered on its latest reconnaissance satellite – Ofek-11 – launched last week on 13 September 2016 from Palmachim Air Base in Israel. Further, IAI engineers are quietly confident that the remaining problems …

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Iran and APSCO to create a space situational awareness network

Iranian press reports are suggesting that Iran and its Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) partners China, Pakistan, and Peru are in the process of creating a space situational awareness (SSA) network initially consisting of ground-based optical telescopes. According to reports, the first such optical telescope will become operational in October …

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