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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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Israel’s Spacecom to Provide SATCOM Support to MARS Planetary Space Analog Mission With AMOS-7

Tel Aviv-based satellite communications company Spacecom has announced that it will provide satellite communications to the D-MARS Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station, to take place in the desert of southern Israel. Using its AMOS-7 satellite, Spacecom will provide space-based connectivity for the mission that involves analog astronauts in a Mars …

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Israel and ESA In Discussions Over Cooperative Agreement

Speaking at the 13th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference in Tel Aviv this week, the Director-General of the European Space Agency (ESA), Jan Wörner, said that discussion are underway for Israel to cooperate with the pan-European space agency under a “special arrangement.” In an interview with The Times of Israel, Wörner …

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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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Arabsat to Launch Arabsat Expand Satellite Broadband Service

Arabsat Broadband Services has launched a new satellite broadband service called Arabsat Expand, offering 10 Gigabytes of Internet broadband access powered by Forsway’s Hybrid Router technology. Arabsat Expand has been designed and implemented by SatConsultant for Arabsat Broadband Services. The new service aims to bridge the digital divide in Africa, …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches Three Satellites from New Zealand

Rocket Lab has successfully reached orbit with the test flight of its second Electron orbital launch vehicle, Still Testing. Electron lifted-off at 14:43 NZDT from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand. Following successful first and second stage burns, Electron reached orbit and deployed customer …

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