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Morocco’s Mohammed VI-B Imaging Satellite Launch Expected 20 November 2018

Morocco’s Mohammed VI-B high-resolution Earth observation satellite is expected to be launched on an Arianespace launch vehicle from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana on 20 November 2018, on board an Arianespace Vega satellite launch vehicle, with the mission dubbed by Arianespace as Vega Flight VV13. If the launch …

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UAE’s Thuraya Set To Release X5-Touch Satellite Smartphone

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), announced on 13 November 2018 that the world’s first satellite smartphone, the Thuraya X5-Touch, would be available for commercial distribution in less than a month. An industry first, the Thuraya X5-Touch runs on the Android Operating System …

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IEC Telecom, Yahsat, and Thuraya Pitch Satellite Solutions To Oil & Gas Industry

IEC Telecom and two of its long-standing strategic partners, UAE’s Yahsat and its subsidiary Thuraya, are offering new products, services, and connectivity services at the 2018 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC). “The developments in technologies including cloud, social media, and big data and analytics creates immense potential …

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Israel’s Gilat Reports Strong Profitability In Q3 2018, Raises Objectives For 2018 Operating Profit And EBITDA

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, reported on 12 November 2018 its results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2018. Key Financial Highlights: Revenues for Q3 2018 were U.S.$62.8 million, compared with U.S.$69.9 million in Q3 2017. Continued strong profitability: Q3 …

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Tunisia To Host Second China-Arab Forum On BeiDou GNSS Use

Tunisia will host the second forum on Chinese and Arab country cooperation on the use and adoption of the Chinese global navigation satellite system (GNSS), named BeiDou, in the first half of 2019. The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will provide services to countries and regions involved in the China-led …

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Qatar’s Es’hail-2 To Launch On SpaceX Falcon-9 SLV On 15 November 2018

Qatar’s Es’hailsat is expected to have its Es’hail-2 communications satellite launched on Thursday, 15 November 2018, on board a SpaceX Falcon-9 satellite launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Es’hail-2 will be launched from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A between 3:46-5:29 p.m Eastern Standard Time. It will be the 13th …

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UAE’s MYSAT-1 CubeSat To Be Launched To ISS On 15 November

MYSAT-1, an educational CubeSat built by 20 students at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is due to be launched as part of the Cygnus NG-10 resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on board a Northrop Grumman Antares launch vehicle from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops …

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Israel’s Gilat To Provide Network Support To Japan’s SKY Perfect JSAT

Israel’s Gilat continues to expand its business operations and profile in the Asia-Pacific region as SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, Japan’s largest commercial satellite communications company, has awarded Gilat a multi-million dollar contract to support its mobile and broadband networks in Japan. “Our strategic partnership with JSAT is a testament to …

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Turkey’s Rocketsan Signs Contract To Build Micro Satellite Launch System

Turkish defence contractor Rocketsan and the Turkish Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) have signed an agreement that intends to transform Turkey into a space launching state, as well as a satellite manufacturing hub, according to a 5 November 2018 report in Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah. According to a statement released …

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Israel’s IAI Ordered To Pay Spacecom $10 Million For AMOS-6 Loss

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been ordered to pay Spacecom U.S.$10 million for the late delivery of the AMOS-6 communications satellite that ended up being destroyed in a launchpad explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 it was sitting upon in 2016. The announcement was made in a filing with the …

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