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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Why the New Space Race Must Focus On Sustainability

As Earth’s orbits become more crowded due to more countries entering the space domain and the emergence of large commercial constellations, the challenge of sustaining space as an environment in which Earth can continue to derive all of the advantages of satellite increases. In a blog post originally authored for …

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Orbital ATK Begins Assembly of Industry’s First Commercial In-Space Satellite Servicing System

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defence technologies, announced on September 11, 2017, significant progress on the industry’s first commercial in-space satellite servicing system. The Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV 1) spacecraft successfully completed its critical design review earlier this year and is now in production with about 75% …

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UAE’s Thuraya and smp aviation Showcase Aero at DSEI 2017

Thuraya Telecommunications Company and specialized security solutions partner, smp aviation, will be collaborating to showcase their recently launched airborne satellite communication service, Thuraya Aero, at booth N3- 402 during the upcoming DSEI event in London. Held from September 12-15, 2017, the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition is the …

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Airbus to Reshape Earth Observation Market With Its Pléiades Neo Constellation

The production of Airbus’ four new very high resolution satellites, which together will form the Pléiades Neo constellation, is well on schedule for launch in 2020. They will join the already world leading Airbus constellation of optical and radar satellites and will offer enhanced performance and the highest reactivity in …

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Israel’s EL AL Airlines Partners With ViaSat For In-flight Wi-Fi For New Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft

ViaSat Inc., a global broadband services and technology company, today announced long-time airline partner, EL AL Israel Airlines, has selected the ViaSat in-flight internet system to power the airline’s high-speed onboard Wi-Fi experience across all of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. EL AL Israel Airlines recently announced the purchase of …

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Israel’s Gilat and SES Networks to Provide Further Connectivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

SES Networks’ longtime customer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gilat Telecom, has expanded the satellite capacity under contract with SES Networks in the country, now topping more than 3.0 Gbps. Gilat has been providing Kinshasa, the capital and largest city in DRC, with expansive internet connectivity services …

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Planet’s SkySat High-Resolution Earth Observation Smallsat’s Built By SSL Ready for Launch

In a first for the industry, six satellites, built in California, to be launched in California, for a California company have arrived at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, where they are scheduled to be launched on a Minotaur rocket in October.  Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, …

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UAE Space Agency Discusses Collaboration With The International Astronautical Federation

A UAE Space Agency delegation, led by Chairman H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, met with the President of the International Astronautical Federation, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, to discuss a range of opportunities for collaboration in space science, research and education. H.E. Al Falasi also highlighted the UAE’s interest in …

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