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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Mahdi Mehrabi of North Telecom

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam in September. This interview is with Mahdi Mehrabi, Chief Technical Officer and Managing Director Asia of North Telecom. North Telecom is a big player in the satellite communications sector in the ME region, a very …

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London conference to define space trends of the next decade

Next week, the British Interplanetary Society will once again host the 14th iteration of the Reinventing Space conference and exhibition. The event will bring together industry, agencies, governments, financiers, academia and end users to discuss the trends that will define space enterprise a decade from now. Running from 24 – …

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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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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Khalid Balkheyour of Arabsat

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam in September. This interview is with Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat. Arabsat is one of the many satellite operators in the ME region, a very contested market. What is your current growth strategy for the region and …

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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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Turkey offers to build satellites for Azerbaijan, share satellite data

Turkey is to build new satellites for its near neighbour Azerbaijan once its current satellites in orbit reach the end of their operational lifetimes. Azerbaijan currently operates its Azersky and Azerspace-1 satellites in both low-earth and geostationary orbits (160-2,000 kilometres altitude and 36,000 kilometres altitude respectively). Azersky is an earth …

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When I grow up, I want to be an astronaut too…why Iran and NASA will not be cooperating anytime soon

Recent press reports quote the head of the Iranian Space Agency, Mohsen Bahrami, as saying that he would like to see Iran cooperate with the American space agency, NASA. ThorGroup’s Chairman and President, Dr. John B. Sheldon, argues that while Mr. Bahrami’s sentiments are noble, political realities mean space cooperation …

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