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Inmarsat Showcases Unified Mission Critical Communications to Support Kigali Smart City Initiative

Inmarsat is showcasing how satellite communications can be deployed to deliver unified mission critical data and voice communications at the Transform Africa Summit (May 10-12, 2017) in Kigali, Rwanda. The summit, organised by the Smart Africa Alliance, brings together Presidents and senior government officials from 18 African nations, alongside leading …

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Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation Site Visit to Iran for SMMS Programme

An Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) delegation successfully conducted the Hosting Site Survey at the proposed Iranian site on April 8-13, 2017, as the follow up to one of the most important tasks in the Small Multi-Mission Satellite (SMMS) Project phase B. This mission was conducted by experts from the …

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Kratos and HawkEye 360 Announce Collaboration to Advance Spectrum Detection, Characterization, and Geolocation Services

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, and HawkEye 360, announced on May 8, 2017, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the potential of expanding Kratos’ industry-leading carrier monitoring, interference detection and geolocation offerings with HawkEye 360’s planned space-based RF detection and geolocation services. …

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Israel’s Elbit Systems Awarded a Contract to Provide Satellite-On-the-Move Systems to the Ministry of Defence

Elbit Systems has announced today that it was awarded a contract to provide the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) with dozens of satellite-on-the-move (SOTM) systems. The contract is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems and will be performed over a two-year period. The ELSAT 2100 SOTM …

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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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