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Venezuela’s VENESAT-1 Tumbling And Out Of Service

Venezuela’s only geostationary communications satellite, VENESAT-1 (also known as Simon Bolivar-1), has been tumbling in an unusable orbit since 13 March 2020 after it made a number of manoeuvres, presumably at the direction of its Venezuelan operator, according to Space News who spoke with commercial space situational awareness (SSA) providers ExoAnalytic Solutions …

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Konnect Africa To Connect Schools In The Democratic Republic Of Congo With High Speed Internet

Konnect Africa, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, Schoolap and Flash Services announced on 23 March 2020 a Memorandum of Understanding to connect several thousand schools across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the Internet as part of the Schoolap project. It aims to provide schools with high speed internet …

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Intelsat Selects SpaceX To Launch Intelsat 40e Satellite

Intelsat has selected SpaceX as its launch partner for Intelsat 40e (IS-40e). The launch is planned for 2022 on SpaceX’s American-built Falcon 9 launch vehicle. “We look forward to working with SpaceX to launch Intelsat 40e in 2022,” said Intelsat Chief Services Officer Mike DeMarco. “IS-40e will join the Intelsat Epic …

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UK’s Inmarsat Launches Connectivity Services In Saudi Arabia Across Land, Sea And Air

Global mobile satellite communications firm Inmarsat announced on 18 February 2020 that it will bring its world-leading maritime, aviation, and enterprise connectivity solutions to customers based in Saudi Arabia through new partner agreements. The company additionally announced that it has secured new spectrum licences to deliver both its narrow-band (L-band) …

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#SpaceWatchGL On The Road: What Are You Adding? #DLD20 And The Deep Dive About Space Debris

By Torsten Kriening DLD20, the Digital-Life-Design Conference was held in Munich on 18-21 January 2020. More than 200 speakers and 1300 attendees touched base at #DLD20. For the 16th time, “Europe‘s hottest conference” brought together the most influential opinion-makers, industry leaders, start-ups, and digital giants. The conference theme was “What …

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SpaceX Receives FCC Approval To Deploy One Million Starlink ‘UFO’ User Terminals In US

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved SpaceX’s February 2019 application to deploy up to one million user terminals throughout the United States for the Starlink satellite communications constellation. In a public notice posted on the FCC’s website on 18 March 2020, the US government agency granted SpaceX a …

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Lockheed Martin Selects SEAKR Wolverine Mission Processor For Protected Tactical SATCOM

SEAKR Engineering announced on 23 March 2020 that it has been selected to join Lockheed Martin’s team to help design and build a prototype payload for the U.S. Space Force’s Protected Tactical Satellite Communications (SATCOM), or PTS, program. PTS is a next-generation capability connecting warfighters with more agile and jam-resistant SATCOM. …

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GMV’s Space Business Grows By 30%

Spanish technology multinational GMV reports that 2019 was a red-letter year for its space business. Its turnover, topping €140 million (US$149.6 million) for a total €245 million (US$261.8 million) group revenue, is up nearly 30% on the previous year. These figures confirm that GMV’s space business is still booming, multiplying …

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TheAngle And ABS Consolidate Their Relationship To Serve Customers In The MENA Region

ABS, a leading satellite operator, and TheAngle, a satellite network services integrator, announced on 10 March 2020 that they have extended their joint activities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, serving customers across the ABS’ footprints at 75 degrees East. The collaboration focusses on providing energy, enterprise …

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