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Space-Based And Upper-Atmosphere Communications Key To Sustainable Development

The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s Working Group on Technologies in Space and the Upper-Atmosphere, has launched a report[1] titled, Identifying the Potential of New Communications Technologies for Sustainable Development. The Working Group, chaired by Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat, found that satellite and high altitude systems offer significant advantages for …

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UAE’s Thuraya Holds Roadshows for Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah Police Air Wings

Thuraya Telecommunications Company held meetings with senior officials from the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah Police Air Wings to showcase a suite of Satcom products and services. As the main Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator in the country, the company has worked with local law enforcement teams before and were …

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Angola’s AngoSat-1 To Be Launched By Russia in December 2017

Angola’s first communications satellite, AngoSat-1, will be launched into geostationary orbit on December 7, 2017, according a spokesman for the Russia Space Corporation Energia (RKK Energiya). The launcher to be used will be a Zenit carrier rocket built in Ukraine, and the launch itself shall be from the Baikonur Cosmodrome …

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MDA Completes Acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Rebrands As Maxar Technologies

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, announced on October 5, 2017, it has completed its acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in high resolution Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. The merger creates …

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Turkey’s Small and Medium Sized Space Companies Fear Being Squeezed Out of Space Business

Just as Turkey’s Space programme is about to be put on a permanent footing with the establishment of its national space agency, some Turkish entrepreneurs fear that they are being squeezed out of satellite and space business in favour of large companies such as Turksat, Rocketsan, and Turkish Aerospace Industries …

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Pakistan to Launch First Earth Observation Satellite in 2018

Pakistan’s national space agency, the Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (SUPARCO), announced on October 4, 2017, that it expects the first Pakistani dual-use Earth observation satellite, Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite 1 (PRSS-1), and an experimental satellite, will be launched in March 2018. The launch of PRSS-1 has a potential …

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