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ICT Spring - 2022

Government

SES Launches Rapid Response Vehicle for Defence, Security, and Humanitarian Missions

SES has announced its new government product Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a SATCOM-enabled platform capable of providing high-speed connectivity and global communications services tailored to a broad range of commercial, civil, humanitarian, and defence missions around the world. The Rapid Response Vehicle is the world’s first mobile platform to offer …

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Iran Announces Launch of Nahid-2 Communications Satellite for 2018

The Iran Space Agency’s Aerospace Research Institute (ARI) has announced that it plans to launch its Nahid-2 communications satellite sometime in 2018. According to Hassan Hadadpour, the head of the ARI, Nahid-2 will be the first Iranian satellite to feature a propulsion system powered by lithium-ion batteries, and is therefore …

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A Deadly Twist in Iran’s ‘Soft War’? Iranian satellite TV mogul murdered in Istanbul

A prominent Iranian satellite television network owner living in exile was gunned down along with his Kuwaiti business partner on an Istanbul street on the evening of April 29, 2017. Saeed Karimian, a 45-year old Iranian-British citizen living in Istanbul, and his as yet unnamed Kuwaiti business associate, were driving …

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US Set To Lift Restrictions on Satellite Technology Exports to Saudi Arabia, GCC

The United States is set to lift restrictions on the export of sensitive strategic technologies – to include high-resolution reconnaissance satellites – to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, according to a report in the French online publication Intelligence Online. The recent visit with President Donald J. Trump and his national …

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India to Build Earth Observation Satellite for Armenia, Build Human Capacity

India is to build an Earth observation satellite for Armenia, as well as train Armenian scientists in the use of the system and handling and interpreting its data, according to Indian press reports. The agreement comes after the Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari held talks with the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime …

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Arabsat To Sponsor the 18th Arab Radio and Television Festival in Tunisia

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat – will sponsor and participate in the 18th edition of Arab Festival for Radio and Television, organised by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), from May 25-28, 2017, in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, and will be attended by several media figures and broadcasters from …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Matthew Desch of Iridium

As part of a partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and the World Space Risk Forum we will occasionally be publishing selected articles and interviews from that organisation. The World Space Risk Forum (WSRF) was set up in 2010 for the global space community to better understand space risks, new technologies, and innovations with the …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: SpaceForum 2017 – To the Conquest of Space

Following the success of last year’s edition and with the multiplication of space initiatives launched by the Luxembourg government and Minister Etienne Schneider, Space Forum is back for a new edition entitled “From Space Application to Space Exploration”. Local and international space professionals will gather at the European Convention Center, …

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Space Race in Northeast Africa: Ethiopian Space Programme Spurring Sudanese and Kenyan Space Efforts

Ethiopia’s nascent space programme seems to be creating geopolitical ripples throughout northeast Africa, with reports emerging that both Sudan and Kenya are starting to pay attention to Addis Ababa’s space ambitions. SpaceWatch Middle East reported in January 2017 that the Ethiopian government announced its intention to design, build, and launch …

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Israel Looking to Use Brazilian Alcântara Site for Space Launch

Israel, along with France, Russia, and the United States, is seeking to use the Alcântara Launch Centre (CLA) located on the northeast Brazilian coast close to the equator, according to the Brazilian Space Agency. The Alcântara Launch Centre is the closest launch site to the Earth’s equator anywhere in the …

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