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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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UAE Space Agency discusses use of space technology for agriculture with Japan

The UAE Space Agency has explored ways of strengthening bilateral relations and supporting the vision of cooperation in applying space technology to the agricultural sector. The developments were discussed during an official visit by senior officials from the Japanese government to the Space Agency headquarters in Abu Dhabi. HE Dr …

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Saudi Telecommunications Company taps Intelsat for VSAT connectivity in KSA energy sector

Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, announced that Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC) has extended its relationship with Intelsat to use the company’s satellite solutions to support operations for the largest oil and gas producer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Under …

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Kratos launches new satellite interference monitoring products

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced on 8 September 2016 the release of Monics® Enterprise, one of two new additions to its Monics family of industry leading satellite carrier monitoring and interference mitigation solutions. Monics Enterprise was developed to provide satellite and network …

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Iranian satellites to share information system of the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation

During the 10th annual summit of member states of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) it was announced that Iran has been given permission for its satellites to share the APSCO information system. The summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 6-8 September 2016, also agreed that Iranian satellites be accepted …

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Israel’s Gilat selected by Australia’s Optus to provide cellular solutions for 3G coverage in Australian Outback

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 14 September 2016 that Optus, an Australian leader in integrated telecommunications, selected Gilat’s CellEdge SDR small-cell-over-satellite solution to extend 3G cellular coverage to regional and remote areas in Australia. By choosing Gilat’s CellEdge SDR …

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Israel’s double space whammy? Newly-launched Ofek-11 spy satellite not responding to commands

The Israeli government secretly launched its Ofek-11 electro-optical reconnaissance satellite on a Shavit space launch vehicle from Palmachim Air Base in Israel on the night of Tuesday, 13 September 2016. Shortly after launch, however, it became apparent that there were problems with the Ofek-11 satellite, built by Israel Aerospace Industries …

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