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Abu Dhabi’s Group 42 Acquires Bayanat Geospatial Data Firm

Group 42, an Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence and cloud computing company, announced today that it has acquired Bayanat for Mapping and Surveying Services LLC, an end-to-end and customised geospatial data products and services provider. Bayanat has been a leader in the geospatial domain since its launch in 2010, delivering various …

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UAE’s Thuraya Showcases EnergyComms At IPTC 2020 In Saudi Arabia

Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), announced on 13 January 2020 that it is participating in the 12th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Visitors to IPTC 2020 will be able to view and test Thuraya’s …

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Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland To Continue Broadcasting In SD With SES On ASTRA 19.2

Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland GmbH, one of the leading private broadcasters in Germany, has renewed its standard definition (SD) distribution agreement with the satellite operator SES, SES announced on 9 January 2020. The complete free TV channel package of the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will continue to be available via SES’s ASTRA …

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Satellogic Expected To Launch Two Satellites With China Great Wall On 15 January

Satellogic, the first company to develop a scalable earth observation platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, has announced the impending launch of two new Earth Observation satellites. China Great Wall Corporation (CGWIC) will deliver the spacecraft to Low Earth Orbit via a Long …

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Virgin Galactic Successfully Assembles Second Spaceship For Commercial Operations

Virgin Galactic has reached the “Weight on Wheels” milestone in the build of its second commercial spaceship. In this milestone, all major structural elements of the vehicle were assembled, and the vehicle deployed its main landing gear and carried its own weight for the first time. The milestone signals strong …

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Spain’s Hispasat Selects Thales Alenia Space To Build Amazonas Nexus Communications Satellite

HISPASAT, the Spanish satellite telecommunications operator, has awarded to Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), the construction of the Amazonas Nexus satellite, which will replace and expand the capacities of Amazonas 2 satellite, in orbit at 61º West. The contract was signed on 10 …

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UAE Space Agency And Krypto Labs Launch UAE NewSpace Innovation Programme

The UAE Space Agency announced its collaboration with the Abu Dhabi-based global innovation hub, Krypto Labs, to launch the UAE NewSpace Innovation Programme, which aims to maximise the growth of space technology start-ups with New Space, the rising private spaceflight industry. The programme falls under the purview of the National …

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Satcoms Innovation Group Appoints Helen Weedon as Managing Director

The Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG) has appointed Helen Weedon as Managing Director. The appointment marks significant restructuring of the innovation forum. Helen succeeds Martin Coleman who will commence as a member of the group’s advisory board. Helen has played a pivotal role within the group since 2011, in which time she has …

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Dutch Researchers Choose Globalstar Satellite Trackers To Understand The Changing North Atlantic Great Sargassum Belt

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, announced on 9 January 2020 that researchers from the NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Utrecht University are using drifter buoys …

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UK’s OneWeb Awarded Satellite Communications Landing Rights In Nigeria

The Nigerian Communicatons Commission (NCC) has released a list of 55 authorised space stations and the licensees allowed to provide satellite communications services across Nigerian sovereign territory, with the UK’s OneWeb being the only megaconstellation provider listed. Other satellite communications providers on the list include Inmarsat, Eutelsat, SES, Intelsat, Avanti …

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