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UAE’s Yahsat Completes Acquisition Of Thuraya; Appoints New Thuraya CEO

Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite communications operator, has completed its buyout of Dubai-based Thuraya, a leading mobile satellite services operator, and has also announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer for Thuraya, Ali Al Hashemi. The announcement was made on 5 August 2018 after Etisalat, the largest telecommunications …

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Israel’s Gilat To Help Hispasat Commercialise Ka-Band Satellite Over Brazil

Israel’s Gilat is becoming a major presence in the Latin American telecommunications market after it announced a deal with Hispasat, the Spanish satellite communications operator, to help commercialise Hispasat’s Ka-band satellite capacity over Brazil. Gilat and Hispasat will work together to develop the satellite broadband market in Brazil. Hispamar will …

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Reusable Rocket Concept Developed By Khrunichev Space Center

The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center has completed the proposal for a new reusable rocket development and has sent the documents for project assessment to the Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash), a leading scientific institution with Roscosmos. The Khrunichev Space Center has been reported to be …

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China Developing In-Orbit Transport Vehicle For Satellite Life Extension

With a number of Western satellite companies developing in-orbit servicing capabilities that can refuel, maintain, and even upgrade communications satellites already in orbit, it was only a matter of time before China started to develop its own capability. Last week Chinese engineers announced that they have done just that, but …

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UAE’s Etisalat Digital And Dubai Future Accelerators Developing AI To Tackle Crime And Congestion

Etisalat Digital, a unit within the UAE’s largest telecommunications provider Etisalat, announced on 30 July 2018 that it is working with Dubai Future Accelerators on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) via video surveillance systems to tackle crime and road congestion in the UAE. The company said that the AI will be …

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Iran Hijacks Global Telegram App Traffic Prior To National Protest

Information from global users of the encrypted messenger app Telegram was purposefully directed through Iranian networks on Monday, 30 July 2018, according to several media reports. In what appears to have been a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijack of global Telegram traffic by the Iranian state’s telecommunications company – the …

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Nine UAE Candidates Now In Russia For Astronaut Selection and Training

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A team from the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) consisting of Emirati officials and nine astronaut candidates are now in Russia, according to Russian state space agency Roscosmos. The nine Emirati astronaut candidates will now undergo further selection tests and medical evaluations by Russian specialists. From that group …

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Israel’s Gilat Bags Another Satellite Backhaul Customer In Latin America

Israel’s Gilat is expanding its geographical reach: a major Latin American telecommunications provider has selected Gilat to provide satellite backhaul for a mobile telephone network. Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a global provider of satellite-based broadband communications announced yesterday that it was chosen for a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network satellite backhaul …

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