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India’s GSAT-30 Successfully Launched For South Asian Connectivity Mission

India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-30 was successfully launched from the Spaceport in French Guiana during the early hours of 17 January 2020. The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-251 lifted off from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana at 2:35 am IST carrying India’s GSAT-30 and EUTELSAT KONNECT for Eutelsat, as scheduled. …

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Arianespace Kicks Off 2020 With Successful Launch Of India’s GSAT-30 And Eutelsat KONNECT

Arianespace opened its 2020 launch activity with a dual-satellite Ariane 5 mission from French Guiana that successfully placed EUTELSAT KONNECT and GSAT-30 into geostationary transfer orbit on 16 January 2020. Conducted from the Spaceport’s ELA-3 launch site, today’s mission delivered an estimated payload lift performance of 7,888 kg. EUTELSAT KONNECT …

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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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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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Israel’s Spacecom Appoints Itzhak Shnaiberg As Interim CEO

Following the retirement of David Pollack on 1 January 2020, Israel’s Spacecom has announced the appointment of Itzhak Shnaiberg as the company’s interim chief executive officer. Shnaiberg has worked for Spacecom since the early 1990’s and was the company’s Chief Financial Officer between 1996 and 2006. Shnaiberg has served as …

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Azerbaijan’s AzerCosmos Reports $40.6 Million Revenues In 2019, Space Talks With Russia In January 2020

AzerCosmos, the Azerbaijani satellite operator, reported revenues of U.S.$40.6 million for the period of January to November 2019, a 69 percent increase over the same period in 2018, when the company generated revenues of just U.S.$25.6 million. According to AzerCosmos, 89 percent of its 2019 revenues were generated abroad in …

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Azerbaijan’s AzerCosmos Inks Deals With Digiturk And Vodafone For Satellite Services In Turkey

Azercosmos, Turkey’s leading digital broadcasting platform Digiturk, and mobile phone operator Vodafone signed cooperation agreements on 27 December 2019. Under the agreements, Digiturk will broadcast championship football games in Turkey using capacity on the Azerspace-1 communications satellite. For its part, Vodafone will use Azerspace-1 to provide mobile data services throughout …

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Azerbaijan’s AzerCosmos To Provide DTT Services To Tanzania Via Azam TV

Azercosmos signed an agreement with the digital satellite services provider Azam TV on 24 December 2019 for the provision of Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) services to the country of Tanzania. Under the agreement, the DTT services will be provided to viewers in Tanzania via the C-band of telecommunication satellite Azerspace-1. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: A Quick Overview Of Major Satellite-Related Decisions At WRC-19

By Thomas Weber and René Woerfel The World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-19) in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, took place on 28 October to 22 November 2019. The conference brought together 3500 participants from the ITU membership representing the world of frequency management on this planet. The following commentary is a quick overview …

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Indian Navy Taps Canada’s exactEarth For Satellite-Based AIS Services

exactEarth Ltd., a leading provider of satellite-AIS data services, has announced that it has renewed its contract with Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), to provide satellite-AIS data services to the Indian Navy. The two-year subscription revenue contract is valued at U.S.$1.2 million …

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