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ITU reinstates two orbital slots for Iranian communications satellites

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a UN international organisation that regulates satellite frequencies and orbital slots in geostationary orbit at 36,000 kilometres altitude, has reinstated two orbital slots for Iranian satellites. Iran had the two orbital positions withdrawn by the ITU because it had failed to place satellites in orbit, …

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Iran aims to build and launch “world-class” satellites by 2025

The Deputy Director of the Iranian Space Agency, Mohammad Homayoun Sadr, told Iranian journalists that Iran plans to build and launch its own high quality and indigenously built remote-sensing and telecommunications satellites by 2025. “A 10-year plan has been put on the agenda for the construction of two remote sensing …

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Ariane 5 tops its payload record with the 72nd consecutive successful launch

Kourou, 18 June 2016. With Airbus Safran Launchers as industrial lead contractor , Ariane 5 has just concluded  its 72nd consecutive successful launch and beaten its own commercial  performance record by carrying a payload of more than 10.7 tonnes to geostationary transfer orbit The 230th Ariane 5 launcher lifted off …

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The astropolitics of Iranian-Turkish competition in Central Asia

As both Iran and Turkey look to Central Asia to enhance their diplomatic and economic prospects and standings, space cooperation will become a more important and useful tool for gaining relative geopolitical advantage in the region for both countries. Who is better able to exploit the opportunities for space cooperation …

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Persian-language Manoto TV selects Eutelsat to broadcast throughout Middle East


Manoto TV, the highly regarded commercial Persian-language television channel, is gearing up for launch on 16 June 2016 on the EUTELSAT 7B satellite. The channel has signed a capacity agreement with Eutelsat Communications for exclusive broadcasting in High Definition (HD) from EUTELSAT 7B, leveraging the satellite’s high-power footprint to expand …

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Turkish satellite experts attend AzerCosmos workshop

Experts from the Turkish Research Institute of Space Technology (TÜBİTAK UZAY) visited the Azerbaijani space agency, AzerCosmos, at their Baku headquarters on Monday, 13 June 2016, according to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies. The experts from TÜBİTAK UZAY were trained by AzerCosmos experts on definition of satellite …

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Es’hailSat and Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority to cooperate on Earth observation satellites

Es’hailSat, The Qatar Satellite Company, announced on 8 June 2016 the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Qatari Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) for the joint development of satellite services. Es’hailSat’s President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari and QCAA’s Chairman Mr. Abdulla Nasser Al …

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