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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Europe Is An Innovative, Competitive, and Cooperative Space Power

The success of Galileo and Copernicus have galvanised the space ambitions of the European Union and given it the impetus to build on its achievements. This was very evident at the recent annual European Space Policy Conference that was held in Brussels from 24-25 January, 2018. Here, space policy analyst, …

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UK’s Surrey Satellite to Lease Earth Observation Satellite to China’s 21AT

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), located in Guildford, Surrey, in the U.K., has signed a GBP25 million (approximately U.S.$34.8 million) deal with China’s Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd. (21AT) for the lease of the SSTL-S1 Earth observation satellite. SSTL-S1 is due to be launched on an Indian Space …

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ARABSAT-6A Cleared for Launch After Successful SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Launch

The successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy space launch vehicle (SLV) on 6 February, 2018, is a major milestone in spaceflight and space exploration. It is also a green light for the launch of the Arabsat-6A communications satellite in the coming months aboard a Falcon Heavy SLV. “Arabsat-6A positioned at …

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UAE’s Thuraya Showcases Thuraya Aero Airborne SATCOM Service

Dubai-based Thuraya, in partnership with the Aero Group – an international consortium consisting of smp aviation, Cobham, Scotty Group, and SRT Wireless – has showcased a new airborne satellite communications product line and service called Thuraya Aero. Showcased at the Singapore Airshow, Thuraya also announced that it has secured its …

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UAE’s Thuraya Launches M2M IoT Tracking and Monitoring Service and Terminal

Dubai-based Thuraya, a commercial satellite communications company, has launched a tracking and monitoring (T2M) service and its T2M DUAL terminal for on-the-move machine-to-machine (M2M) Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors. The T2M DUAL terminal is designed for M2M communications and the tracking and monitoring of remote assets in harsh …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Quo Vadis CabSat 2018

Is the Middle Eastern satellite broadcasting market ripe for disruptive innovation? With new methods of content delivery through social media and mobile devices, and the advent of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain technologies, ThorGroup’s Torsten Kriening argues that satellite broadcast companies operating in the region have little reason to feel …

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Early Indications Suggest Successful Al Yah-3 Launch, Opening New Markets

Early indications suggest that Arianespace has successfully launched Yahsat’s Al Yah-3 and SES’s SES-14 communications satellites into geostationary orbit. The launch, designated VA241 by Arianespace, was conducted by an Ariane 5 space launch vehicle from the Kourou space launch centre in French Guiana, located in Latin America. An Arianespace press …

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UAE’s Yahsat Prepares for Al Yah-3 SATCOM Launch

Arianespace have completed the integration of Yahsat’s Al Yah-3 communications satellite to the Ariane 5 space launch vehicle (SLV) that is due to launch it and another satellite on January 25, 2018, from the Kourou launch facility in French Guiana. The other satellite, SES-14, belonging to satellite communications provider SES, …

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Bentley Walker Announces VSAT Service in Afghanistan Using Avanti’s HYLAS-4

VSAT network supplier and operator Bentley Walker has announced that it will launch its iDirect-based DVB-S2X service in Afghanistan. The launch of this service follows successful rollouts in Iraq and Libya by Bentley Walker. The iDirect-based DVB-S2X desktop modem will allow users to access high-throughput broadband internet using Avanti’s Hylas …

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