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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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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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UAE’s Thuraya Conducts Intensive Training at Pacific Endeavor 2017

Thuraya Telecommunications recently attended U.S. Pacific Command’s (USPACOM) Pacific Endeavor 2017, hosted by the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) in the United States, where it presented an intensive training workshop on critical satellite communication technologies for first responders and military experts from 22 participating Asia-Pacific countries. The annual invite-only event ran …

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Inmarsat Certified for GX Aviation Installations on Qatar Airways’ Boeing Aircraft Fleet

Inmarsat (ISAT.L), the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for GX Aviation retrofit installations on Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 aircraft. The milestone follows an announcement in June that Qatar Airways will be the first Middle Eastern megacarrier to offer GX Aviation …

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Intelsat’s Stephen Spengler Appointed as Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced on August 24, 2017, that the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Spengler, has been named a Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. The Broadband Commission, jointly managed by the International …

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