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Israel’s Space Industry Roiled By Scandal After Spacecom Decision to Buy SSL Satellite

The decision by the board of Israeli satellite communications company Spacecom to buy its AMOS-8 satellite from US satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral (SSL) over Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unleashed political controversy in Israel and revealed a potential corruption scandal within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. Under the …

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Australia’s Sky and Space Global Successfully Validates Nanosatellite Narrowband Communications Capability

Sky and Space Global, the Australian New Space company that intends to provide narrowband satellite communications through its planned 200 Nanosatellite fleet in 2020, has successfully completed proof-of-concept tests using three pilot Nanosatellites in South America. Partnering with U.S.-based mobile telephone provider GlobalSat Group, Sky and Space Global validated its …

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Israel’s Spacecom Wins U.S.$55 million Contract for African Broadcasts

Troubled Israeli commercial satellite operator Spacecom has won a U.S.$55 million contract from an unnamed customer to use the AMOS-17 satellite to broadcast content to the African continent. AMOS-17 is being built by U.S. satellite manufacturer Boeing Satellite Systems International and is scheduled to be launched by SpaceX by mid-2019, …

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Thaicom and Croatia’s MediaVision Partner to Broadcast Content to Africa

Thaicom, one of the largest commercial satellite communication companies in the Asia-Pacific, has announced an agreement with MediaVision as part of the expansion of its broadcast platform in Africa. The Thaicom-MediaVision agreement will utilise Thaicom’s MCPC broadcasting platform to broadcast MediaVision content from Europe via the THAICOM-6 satellite located at …

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Pakistan Reveals Ambitious Space Programme Plans, Including PakNav GNSS

Pakistan has revealed plans for its expanded space programme that includes a second high-resolution Earth observation satellite, a satellite navigation system, and telecommunication links with China as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project. As part of its annual development plan for the next fiscal year, Pakistan will …

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Iconic Goonhilly lands £24m investment enabling global expansion

Following its recent £8.4 million contract win from the European Space Agency, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd has secured its second phase investment of £24 million. Joining the growing club of billionaires such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Greg Wyler who have demonstrated their passion for the high-growth …

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African Smart Cities Get Boost From Inmarsat, Tillman, and Smart Africa Initiative Agreement

Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, announced on 9 May 2018 that it, in conjunction with Tillman Digital Cities and CivicConnect, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa secretariat to accelerate the development and implementation of public-private partnerships (PPP) with the Smart Africa …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Geopolitics of Rail and Space Power in Eurasia

The infrastructure boom across Eurasia is creating its own demand for satellite data and services. In this essay, Dr. John B. Sheldon of ThorGroup GmbH looks at the growing interconnections between satellites and the expanding rail networks across Eurasia. The transformation of the geopolitical and geoeconomic order of Eurasia is …

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Ugandan Rural Connectivity To Be Provided By Intelsat and Israel’s Gilat

The world’s largest satellite communications provider, Intelsat, will partner with Israel’s Gilat in a pilot program to provide a communications infrastructure for Uganda’s rural populations as part of the effort to enhance that country’s economic and social development. The effort will be instrumental in helping to accelerate the Uganda government’s …

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