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Israeli Moon Lander Beresheet Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

The Beresheet lunar lander built and operated by Israeli not-for-profit company SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 22 February 2019, has successfully arrived in Lunar orbit. Known as ‘Lunar capture’, the elliptical orbit brings Beresheet within 500 kilometres of the Moon’s …

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Tunisia’s Telnet To Launch Challenge One Satellite With GK Launch Services

Tunisia’s Telnet Group and Russian commercial launch provider GK Launch Services signed a contract on 1 April 2019 for the launch of the Challenge One satellite on board a Russian Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle integrated with the Fregat upper stage in 2020. The signing ceremony was chaired by Mr. Mohamed Frikha, …

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Israel’s Gilat Selected By TIM Brasil To Provide Satellite Backhaul For 4G IoT

TIM Brasil, a leading mobile operator with the largest 4G coverage in Brazil, and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that TIM Brasil selected Gilat’s satellite backhaul solution to enable 4G services to unserved areas, such as highways and small …

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IEC Telecom and Thuraya to supply VSAT+ services to the Turkish market

IEC Telecom is to open-up the Turkish maritime and offshore markets to even better value-added voice and data services through a new tie-up that will bring Thuraya’s highly respected VSAT+ maritime satellite service to the region. Under the arrangement with Thuraya Telecommunications Company, IEC Telecom will act as the master …

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UAE’s Etihad Airways Successfully Installs Satellite Tracking Safety Measures Across Entire Fleet

The UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways has successfully implemented the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System, GADSS, recommendations for flight tracking ahead of the General Civil Aviation Authority’s, GCAA’s, proposed deadline of 1 June 2019. With an ICAO completion date of 8 November 2018, Etihad …

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UAE Space Agency Signs MoU With Virgin Galactic For Al Ain Operations

Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, and George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company (TSC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlines cooperation across a range of areas including plans to bring Virgin Galactic spaceflights to the UAE for education, science …

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Pakistan’s SUPARCO Said To Be In Talks With UAE On Space Cooperation

Pakistan’s space agency, the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), is believed to be in talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on developing an agenda for possible space cooperation, according to a senior SUPARCO official quoted in the UAE newspaper Khaleej Times. SUPARCO were in the UAE last …

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CNES’s Jean-Yves Le Gall In Abu Dhabi For Bilateral Talks, GSC, And To Present IAC 2020 To Dubai

A delegation from the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) attended the third Global Space Congress (GSC) held in Abu Dhabi from 19 to 21 March 2019, organized by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) under the high patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin …

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Inaugural Ariane 6 Flight Set to Loft OneWeb Satellites

The maiden flight of Ariane 6 will see the new vehicle carrying OneWeb satellites that will build out the company’s new global, high-speed, low latency satellite-based network designed to address the most demanding global connectivity challenges worldwide. Ariane 6 will be available to OneWeb from the second half of 2020 …

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Bahrain And UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Sign Space Cooperation Agreement

To enhance the cooperation strategy with different government organisations in the region, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, has signed a cooperation, information and data-sharing agreement with Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency, NSSA, for the application of satellite images and space research sciences. The MoU was signed between Hamad …

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