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ASECNA to Deploy Space-Based ADS-B in Western and Central Africa

Aireon announced on January 9, 2018, that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). ASECNA, created in December 1959 is an international public organization of 18 members States which headquarters is located in Dakar, Senegal. ASECNA’s members states …

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Orbital ATK Receives Order for Second In-Orbit Satellite Servicing Vehicle

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced on January 4, 2018, that it has been awarded a contract for a second Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2). The vehicle was ordered by Intelsat S.A. to provide life extension services for an Intelsat satellite. Orbital ATK is now producing …

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#SpaceWatchGL Forecast: Orbital Debris – An Industry Call to Action at GVF Satellite Hub Summit 2018

We hear the same thing over and over again at industry conferences all over the world: ‘We must do something about orbital debris’ and yet, somehow, there has been a failure to act. This is a hugely serious problem that has the potential to cause catastrophic collisions in orbit, putting …

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Iran To Use Azerbaijani Imaging Satellite

A source within the Iranian communications industry revealed to Trend News in late December 2017 that Iran would continue to utilize Azerbaijan’s AzerSky satellite. The source further stated that the two countries have discussed the possibility for increased cooperation regarding satellite operations during 2018. The AzerSky satellite was sold to …

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Nine Arabsat Member States to Attend Board Meeting in Istanbul

With the participation of nine Arab countries, headed by Saudi Arabia, Arabsat is to hold its Board of Directors meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. Arab Satellite Communications Organization (ARABSAT) will hold its 160th Board of Directors meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, on January 3-4, 2018, under the chairmanship of Dr. Nasser Al-Hujailan, …

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Airbus Reaches for New Heights With Satellite Communications in 2018

Airbus will mark new milestones next year with launches of innovative communications spacecraft that range from large, high-power relay platforms incorporating electric propulsion systems to compact, mass-produced units for a 900-satellite constellation providing affordable global internet access. Starting off 2018 will be the orbiting of the Airbus-built SES-14 for Luxembourg-based …

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Algeria Unveils Its National Space Programme to 2040

Algeria plans to send several state-of-the-art satellites as part of its space programme 2020-2040, which is “under study now,” the director general of the Algerian Space Agency, Azzedine Oussedik, said on December 18, 2017, in Algiers. A national space programme, which includes plans for the launch of many cutting-edge satellites, …

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Airbus Selected by ESA for Copernicus Data and Information Access Service (DIAS)

Airbus has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to be one of four suppliers for DIAS, the Copernicus Data and Information Access Service. DIAS will make data and information easily available to users through a cloud computing architecture enabling enhanced coordination and cross-fertilization at European Union (EU) level …

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UrtheCast and Beijing Space View Technology Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

UrtheCast Corp. and its subsidiary, the Earth Observation company Deimos Imaging, have announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement with Beijing Space View Technology Co. Ltd., a leading provider of remote sensing satellite data and geospatial information services based in China, for the mutual global distribution of their respective …

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