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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Satellite Sovereignty – Middle East

In the past, we have looked to nations such as Russia and the United States for our inspiration in space. For decades, these countries have dominated the space sector. However, new national players are emerging, proving that space is no longer the domain of the richest and most powerful nations. …

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UAE’s MBRSC to launch its Project Space Forum on 24 January

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of MBRSC and general supervisor of all projects of the Centre and its strategic and development plans, MBRSC is launching the first edition of “Project Space” Forum on the 24 and …

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Israel’s Gilat and Air Esurfing collaborate to provide in-flight connectivity to domestic airlines in China

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 17 January 2017 a strategic partnership with Air Esurfing, a fully owned subsidiary of Air Media Group, to transform the domestic in-flight connectivity (IFC) market in China. The partners intend to utilize China’s Ka-band …

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UAE’s Thuraya subject of Chinese bid, but denies any talks are underway

Peter B. de Selding, the former international correspondent of Space News, reports in his new venture SpaceIntelReport.com, that Hong Kong-based company China Trends Holdings Ltd. is considering buying Dubai-based satellite communications company Thuraya for U.S.$201 million. Within days of the announcement by China Trends Holdings Ltd., Thuraya issued a statement …

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UAE’s Thuraya speeds up and simplifies command and control with CRYPTTIA

For the first time, smartphone users can use unified Thuraya and cellular networks for mission critical, crisis management, defense and civil protection operations thanks to CRYPTTIA, a unique command and control platform developed by EYEONIX SA. CRYPTTIA is a global platform combining both terrestrial and satellite voice technologies to bring …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Joerg Kreisel of JKIC – NewSpace – Hype or Serious Investment Opportunities?

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Joerg Kreisel of JKIC. Joerg gives his perspective on NewSpace and whether it is hype or a serious investment opportunity? The term NewSpace is all over the place. What is it in your view? This is a valid …

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UAE’s Thuraya boosts ITU disaster preparedness and response efforts

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, has donated new supplies of emergency telecommunication equipment to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) under the decade old Emergency Telecommunications support arrangement. This donation will strengthen the ITU’s capacity in natural disaster preparedness, search and rescue, and response through the use of state-of-the-art mobile satellite communication equipment. …

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