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DigitalGlobe to Offer Rapid Access Program Service to Customers

DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial high-resolution satellite imagery and a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, has announced the launch of its Rapid Access Program, a service that allows clients to task DigitalGlobe satellites to high-priority targets. “DigitalGlobe designed the Rapid Access Program to reduce the time needed to gather mission …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Geopolitics of Rail and Space Power in Eurasia

The infrastructure boom across Eurasia is creating its own demand for satellite data and services. In this essay, Dr. John B. Sheldon of ThorGroup GmbH looks at the growing interconnections between satellites and the expanding rail networks across Eurasia. The transformation of the geopolitical and geoeconomic order of Eurasia is …

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Australian Government Announces Space Budget for Agency, PNT, and Earth Observation

The Australian government has announced inaugural seed funding of AUS$26 million over four years to establish an Australian Space Agency, as part of a larger AUS$41 million investment in space-related funding. Although this funding is less than the predicted AUS$50 million due to an overall reduction in government spending on …

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Ugandan Rural Connectivity To Be Provided By Intelsat and Israel’s Gilat

The world’s largest satellite communications provider, Intelsat, will partner with Israel’s Gilat in a pilot program to provide a communications infrastructure for Uganda’s rural populations as part of the effort to enhance that country’s economic and social development. The effort will be instrumental in helping to accelerate the Uganda government’s …

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Hong Kong’s AsiaSat Announces New Board Promotions in Technical Services and Engineering

As part of its reorganization and reassignment of its most senior executives since the appointment of Dr. Roger Tong as its Chief Executive Officer in April 2018, Hong Kong’s Asiasat has announced two new corporate promotions to important technical positions on the board. Fred Ho, previously Director of Technical Operations, …

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Thailand’s Thaicom Wins We Are IT Philippines IPSTAR Satellite Broadband Contract

Thaicom, Thailand’s biggest commercial satellite communications provider, and We Are IT Philippines Incorporated (WIT), announced in Manila on 3 May 2018 that WIT will lease the entire capacity on Thaicom’s IPSTAR satellite to provide broadband Internet coverage across the Philippines. The agreement is a multi-year capacity wholesale agreement that involves …

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UAE-France Reaffirm Space Cooperation, Model for Modern Collaboration

The working relationship between the UAE and France is a model of space cooperation in the 21st century, and their collaboration is now expanding to include space medicine research for UAE’s astronaut programme, as well as ongoing partnership on projects relating to climate change and Mars exploration. CNES President Jean-Yves …

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UAE’s Dubai Proposes Multi-Mode Super Port for Air, Space, and Hyperloop Travel

Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has proposed the creation of a Multi-Mode Super Port at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport to provide a single hub for all sub- and supersonic air travel, space access, and hyperloop transportation in the UAE and the Middle East region. The proposal is made as …

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