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ASECNA to Deploy Space-Based ADS-B in Western and Central Africa

Aireon announced on January 9, 2018, that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). ASECNA, created in December 1959 is an international public organization of 18 members States which headquarters is located in Dakar, Senegal. ASECNA’s members states …

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Eutelsat and China Unicom to Provide Satellite Communications for Belt and Road Initiative

On the occasion of French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to China, Eutelsat Communications has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China United Network Communications Co., Ltd. (China Unicom) that is aimed at addressing the fast-growing satellite communications market in Asia-Pacific in the framework of the Belt and Road initiative. …

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Dalkom Somalia Launches iDirect Network to Expand Satellite Connectivity in Somalia

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announced on January 3, 2018, that Dalkom Somalia has installed an iDirect Hub and will leverage iDirect’s series remotes to provide high-speed satellite connectivity in Somalia. The new iDirect network will enable Dalkom Somalia to scale its …

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Orbital ATK Receives Order for Second In-Orbit Satellite Servicing Vehicle

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced on January 4, 2018, that it has been awarded a contract for a second Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2). The vehicle was ordered by Intelsat S.A. to provide life extension services for an Intelsat satellite. Orbital ATK is now producing …

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Inmarsat Report Finds IoT in Mining Sector Essential for Competitive Edge

Businesses in the mining industry are backing the Internet of Things (IoT) to help them retain their market share, as competition in the sector intensifies, the quality of seams decreases and profit margins are put under pressure. According to the latest research from Inmarsat, the Internet of Things (IoT) will …

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Israel Aerospace Industries and Poalim Launch Blockchain and Cyber Collaboration

The cyber security organisation of Poalim Bank and the cyber enterprise of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on January 4, 2018, that they will collaborate in leveraging Blockchain technology to create innovative cyber solutions. The joint research undertaken by the two companies will examine how Blockchain, the innovative technology at …

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Israel’s Spacecom to Increase Capacity for Nepal’s DTH Dish Media Networks on Amos-4

Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that Nepal’s Dish Media Network has furthered its long-term connection on the AMOS-4 satellite with a contract for more capacity. AMOS-4, from its 65°E prime orbital position, provides a wide array of satellite services to customers from South Asia to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Forecast: Orbital Debris – An Industry Call to Action at GVF Satellite Hub Summit 2018

We hear the same thing over and over again at industry conferences all over the world: ‘We must do something about orbital debris’ and yet, somehow, there has been a failure to act. This is a hugely serious problem that has the potential to cause catastrophic collisions in orbit, putting …

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Nigeria and China Agree to U.S.$550 Million Satellite Deal

The Nigerian government has concluded negotiations with the Chinese government’s ExIm Bank and the China Great Wall Industries Corporation for two communications satellites thought to be worth U.S.$550 million . The Nigerian minister for communications, Adebayo Shittu, told journalists in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, that it is hoped that the …

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