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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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Israel’s Gilat To Provide Satellite Ground Network For China Satcom

Israeli satellite communications equipment manufacturer Gilat has won a contract to supply the ground segment network for China SatCom and its currently operational CHINASAT-16 (CS-16) and CHINASAT-18 (CS-18), expected to be launched in mid-2019, as part of China Satcom’s ongoing effort to provide High-Throughput Ka-Band coverage throughout China for satellite …

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Türksat Tests Satellite Broadcasting In Ultra High Definition 8K

Türksat has made headway in the adaptation of cutting-edge broadcasting technologies by conducting an Ultra HD 8K (Super High-Vision) test broadcast – currently the state-of-art in broadcasting technology – through the Türksat-4B communication satellite located at its 50 degrees East Geostationary orbital (GEO) location. The Ultra HD 8K broadcast test …

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UAE’s Yahsat Looking To Acquire Two Replacement Satellites For Thuraya

Yahsat, the leading commercial satellite communications company in the United Arab Emirates, has revealed that it is examining options for procuring two replacement GEO communications satellites for its recently acquired Thuraya mobile satellite communications subsidiary. Senior executives from both Yahsat and Thuraya are hoping to place the order for the …

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Iran’s Never-Ending Space Story? The Same Iranian Satellites Perennially “About” To Be Launched

The head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), Morteza Barari, announced in early October 2018 that three Iranian-made satellites – Payam-e Amirkabir-1, Dousti, and Nahid-1 – have been built and are ready to be launched, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). Morteza Berari made the announcement at a …

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UAE’s KhalifaSat Successfully Launched From Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre

The UAE’s KhalifaSat high-resolution Earth observation satellite was successfully launched into orbit on board a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA satellite launch vehicle from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre at 13:08hrs Japanese time (08:08hrs UAE time) on Monday, 29 October 2018. Approximately two hours after launch KhalifaSat successfully separated from the …

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