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The Greatest (Space) Show on Earth

World Space Week (WSW) is in full swing with events taking place all around the world in celebration of the impact that space has on mankind. The largest annual space event on Earth was founded by the United Nations General Assembly and has been running every year since 1999. The …

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Iran taps Russian company to build remote sensing satellite

According to Iranian and Azerbaijani press reports, Iran has signed a contract with a Russian satellite manufacturer to build a high-resolution National Remote Sensing Satellite. Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister, Mahmoud Vaezi, told Mehr News Agency that the Iranian space programme is being developed along two parallel tracks with …

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Oman government giving national communications satellite a fresh look

Media reports in Oman indicate that the government in Muscat is reexamining the feasibility of acquiring a national communications satellite to serve broad Omani telecommunications needs. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Salim al Futaisi, Oman’s Minister of Transport and Communications, said that the government is developing a range of studies …

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Three Algerian satellites successfully launched by India

The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) has announced that three Algerian satellites – Alsat-1B, Alsat-2B and Alsat-1N – have been successfully launched on 26 September 2016 by an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV C35, from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Sriharikota site, known as the Satich Dahwan …

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Türksat, Inmarsat join forces on SATCOM, technology transfer

British satellite communications company Inmarsat and Turkey’s satellite operator Türksat have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on satellite services, maritime communications, and in the defence and aerospace sectors, according to Turkish media outlets. Speaking to reporters in Ankara on 27 September 2016, the Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications …

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Thuraya lecture forms part of UAE space-based workforce development program

Leading UAE based mobile satellite service operator, Thuraya Telecommunications organized a lecture and workshop at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation and Security Solutions at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The event was held for participants of the recently launched Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program by the UAE Space Agency …

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SES unveils tactical surveillance and communications capability to address local and global security threats

SES S.A. has introduced a fully integrated portable surveillance and communications solution designed to provide enhanced situational awareness for border security, special event monitoring and disaster response missions around the world. Tactical Persistent Surveillance (TPS), SES’s first Government+ product offering, is a highly portable solution capable of quick global deployment …

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Turkey claims it is ready to launch space agency, but seems no further than where it was five months ago

The Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister, Ahmet Arslan, told Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak Online on 23 September 2016 that the government in Ankara is ready to establish the Turkish Space Agency once parliament has debated and approved the draft bill authorising its creation. Mr. Arslan said, “We continue …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Hussein Oteifa of SES

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam earlier this month. The second of these interviews is with Hussein Oteifa, Commercial General Manager for the Middle East at SES. SES is one of the most active satellite operators in the Middle East …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Bruno Dupas of Kratos

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam earlier this month. The first of these interviews is with Bruno Dupas, President of Kratos Integral Systems Europe. Tell us why the Middle East market is so important to Kratos? The Middle East is …

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