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UK’s Avanti Communications Launches SATCOM Operations In South Africa

Avanti Communications Group, a UK-based satellite operator, that provides Ka-band satellite communications services across the Europe, the Middle East and Africa, announced the official launch of its South Africa-based operations as of 29 August 2018. The announcement is another example of Avanti’s continued commitment to investing in Africa through a direct …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Advice for the Next Generation – Gernot Groemer of OeWF

SpaceWatch.Global last spoke to Gernot Groemer, Founder and Administrative Director of the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) last year when we covered the Forum’s work and activities on the Mars Analogue missions. This week, we speak to Groemer as a founding member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) which aims …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: UK – The Next Space Hub

The UK space sector is on the cusp of entering a new and golden age. As a country, the UK already has a thriving space sector with leading companies that have pioneered the small satellite industry, for example. Now, however, with the announcement of the first spaceport to be built …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Daniel Campbell of Effective Space

UK-based Effective Space is set to launch its first Space Drone spacecraft in 2020 which will introduce life extension services to satellite operators. The company has received very encouraging feedback on its plans and other potential lines of business such as accommodating new constellations in LEO. SpaceWatch.Globals Editor-in-Chief Helen Jameson …

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SANSA And DigitalGlobe Launch South Africa Earth Observation Challenge

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) is teaming up with leading U.S. commercial satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe to launch the South Africa Earth Observation Challenge that will seek innovative satellite applications idas from South African startups. SANSA and DigitalGlobe believe there is significant scope to increase the use of …

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Peter Martinez Appointed New Executive Director At Secure World Foundation

The Secure World Foundation (SWF), the influential think-tank that focuses on the secure, sustainable, and peaceful uses of space, has announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Martinez as its new Executive Director effective 1 October 2018. The announcement was made on 6 August 2018 by Cynda Collins Arsenault, President and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ian Jones of Goonhilly

The UK space sector is truly on the up. Years of hard work preparing the ground are finally paying off. With recent announcements promising long awaited spaceports, and the rapid growth and leadership of the UK in the smallsat industry, iconic Goonhilly Teleport is looking forward to a glittering future. …

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Nigeria’s NigComSat Mired In Accusations Of Excessive Pricing Policy

Nigerian media has reported that foreign telecommunication companies are refusing to use the services of NIGCOMSAT-1R because it is far more expensive than current market prices elsewhere, leading to claims that Nigeria’s indigenous satellite communications sector is uncompetitive. According to a report in the New Telegraph, telecommunications service providers have …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: A Forgotten Disc. A Path to Peace. by Michelle Hanlon

Nestled inside a protective aluminum shell is a silicon disc about the size of a United States half dollar.  Inscribed on this disc are microscopic messages from leaders of 73 nations solicited by Thomas Paine, then head of NASA.  The messages, intended to be left on the Moon for posterity, …

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Facebook Building LEO Broadband Satellite To Bridge Digital Divide In Africa

Social media giant Facebook has confirmed that one of its subsidiaries, PointView Tech LLC, is building a satellite dubbed Athena that will be placed in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and provide Gigabite-quantity Internet services in digitally deprived areas such as Africa. The project marks Facebook’s entry into the commercial competition to …

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