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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: “International and cooperative” – Review of the 71th International Astronautical Congress by Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund

2020 changed everything, also the International Astronautical Congress. Instead of meeting the global space community in person in Dubai this year, we met in CyberSpace during the first edition of the International Astronautical Congress earlier last week from 12-14 Oct 2020. SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk …

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Hispasat appoints former Barcelona mayor as new President

Paris, 12 October 2020. – Hispasat has appointed former Barcelona mayor Jordi Hereu new President, to succeed Rosario Martínez Manzanedo, the company announced. Hereu held several positions in the Barcelona City Government, serving as council member for the Les Corts district until 2004, and as a councillor for Security and Mobility …

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Comtech and Gilat call off merger and settle litigation

Luxembourg, 6 October 2020. – The U.S. satcom company Comtech and the Israeli satellite network operator Gilat called off their merger and settled their related litigation, the two Nasdaq-listed companies announced yesterday. “(T)he companies have agreed to terminate the merger agreement first announced on January 29, 2020 and have settled …

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Trump names Simington to succeed O’Rielly as FCC commissioner

Berlin, 23 September 2020. – In a surprise move, U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated Nathan A. Simington to succeed Michael O’Rielly as one of the five commissioners of the Federal Communication Commission. Simington currently serves as a senior adviser on 5G security and supply chains at the National Telecommunications …

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Intelsat completes C-band program in the U.S. with order of seventh C-band satellite from Maxar

Berlin, 21 September 2020. – Satellite and network operator Intelsat has completed its C-band satellite program and ordered its seventh C-band satellite from U.S.-based manufacturer Maxar Technologies, the company announced in McLean, Virginia, on 17 September. In June, Intelsat had announced manufacturing contracts with Maxar Technologies and Northrop Grumman for …

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SES opens new sports broadcasting hub at Stockley Park near London

Luxembourg, 17 September 2020. – SES, leader in global satellite-based connectivity solutions, has opened a new sports broadcasting facility in the Greater London area, the Luxembourg-based company announced. “As remote production for sports ramps up around the globe, SES is providing broadcasters with a newly opened, full-service sports and events facility” …

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Viasat expands its residential Internet service in Brazil

Sao Paulo, 15 September 2020. – Viasat expands its high-quality residential internet service to 14 additional states in Brazil, the global communications company announced Tuesday. Viasat launched its Brazil residential service in seven states and the Federal District in July, the company said. “With its latest expansion, Viasat now offers …

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Azercosmos and Globecast Extend Partnership to Deliver Satellite Services to Africa

Azercosmos, a leading satellite operator in the South Caucasus, has signed an extended partnership agreement with Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, to increase capacity and coverage across Africa. As a result of this expanded relationship with Azercosmos, Globecast is able to supply its customers across the continent with …

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Spacecom and NOVELSAT Demo High-Volume Video Delivery over AMOS-17

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellites fleet, and NOVELSAT, a global leader in content connectivity over satellite, announced the successful demonstration of end-to-end video delivery over AMOS-17 high throughput satellite, from network core to network edge, serving user devices over a wireless network and showcasing high-quality user experience. The demonstration …

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