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UAE’s MBRSC Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With Korea Aerospace Research Institute

The Dubai, United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in South Korea with the goal of cooperating on various space-related activities and transferring expertise. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al …

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Israel’s Gilat announces launch of ultra-compact, high-throughput SATCOM terminal for unmanned aerial systems

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, has announced the commercial availability of an ultra-compact airborne satellite communications (SATCOM) terminal for unmanned aerial systems delivering exceptional throughput for its size. Tactical, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are commonly used to gather and send …

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Newtec unveils new product range to help users get the most from HTS networks

Newtec has unveiled a number of new DVB-S2X wideband products for use in High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and global networks. The wideband DVB-S2X and scalable Newtec Dialog®XIF Hubs provide high throughput, high density and carrier grade solutions, as part of the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform (Release 2.1). Each hub model …

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Canada’s MDA to acquire commercial satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, and DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which MDA …

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The #SpaceWatchMe Interviews: Petter Amundsen of Kratos Norway

In the latest in the series of SpaceWatch Middle East interviews, we spoke with Petter Amundsen on VSAT interference.  Mr. Amundsen founded Verisat Solutions AS and SatGuard AS, which were acquired by Kratos last year. At the Satellite 2016 conference in Washington, D.C., Verisat was named Technology Company of the …

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Globalstar-enabled SafeFleet Telematics to Track Vehicles and Protect Staff selected by two EU Peacekeeping Forces

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, today announced that two EU peacekeeping organisations have deployed the SafeFleet Telematics fleet management solution, incorporating Globalstar’s SmartOne device. The European Union Monitoring Mission in …

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UAE’s Nayif-1 Nanosatellite set to launch from India between 14-25 February

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have announced that the launch of the nanosatellite Nayif-1 will occur between the 14th and 25th February 2017, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on board a PSLV-C37 rocket. Nayif-1 is expected to be …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: GEO-LEO Hybrid Multigrid Network by Muhammad Furqan

Satellites on different orbits, connected in multigrid networks.  Muhammad Furqan, writer and analyst in the satellite communication industry shares his opinion on this fascinating subject. An Independent Extraterrestrial Network A couple of years ago I proposed ‘Ring Computing’, a ring of 264,986 km circumference created by a constellation of interconnected …

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#SpaceWatchME Review: Twelfth Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference Emphasizes International Cooperation

Ian Christensen, Project Manager at the Secure World Foundation, reports for SpaceWatch Middle East, on the 12th Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference held in Herzilya, Israel, on 30-31 January 2017. The 12th Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference was held in Herzilya, Israel on 30-31 January 2017. Organized by the Israeli Ministry of …

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UAE’s Thuraya Opens Offices in the United States of America

Thuraya Telecommunications Company has announced it has opened an office in the United States of America. Located centrally between Washington D.C. and Tysons Corner, Virginia, the new office offers close proximity to investors, key government and commercial customers and partners. Thuraya, the leading mobile satellite services (MSS) operator, is headquartered in …

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