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Israel’s Gilat Demonstrates ESA Inflight Connectivity Terminal On First Flight

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 17 December 2019 that Gilat’s In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA) is the first-ever to operate during flight on a commercial aircraft, thus well positioning Gilat to win the vast opportunities in the …

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UAE’s Yahsat Appoints Khaled Al Qubaisi As New Chairman

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) announced on 16 December 2019 the appointment of Khaled Al Qubaisi, CEO of Aerospace, Renewables & ICT at  Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), as its new Chairman, and the appointment of Amal Al Ameri, Senior Vice President of Platform Finance in the Aerospace, Renewables & …

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France Puts Hat In Ring To Launch Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu-2 Communications Satellite

The newly-appointed French ambassador to Bangladesh has stated that his country is interested in assisting Bangladesh launch its second communications satellite, Bangabandhu-2, during an audience with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in late November 2019. Ambassador Jean-Marin Schuh made the offer at his meeting with the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, and …

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The 8th African Leadership Conference On Space Science And Technology For Sustainable Development

By Carla Sharpe The 8th African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development was hosted at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, in Ethiopia from 2 to 4 December 2019. Over 200 participants joined the conference from 31 countries, 21 of which were African countries. The sessions …

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Kacific-1 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched By SpaceX

Kacific1 was launched successfully into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7.10 pm Eastern Standard Time  (UTC-5) on 16 December 2019 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. It was placed into its target geostationary transfer orbit 33 minutes following initial ignition. Owned by Kacific Broadband …

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Hawkeye 360 RF Geolocation Company Awarded U.S. National Reconnaissance Office Study Contract

HawkEye 360 Inc., the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics, reports it has been awarded a contract for a commercial RF survey study from the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Through the contract, HawkEye 360 will examine the …

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Japan’s Infostellar And Australia’s Capricorn Space Partner To Provide On-Demand Ground Segment Services

Recently established Australian ground segment operator Capricorn Space and Japanese Ground Segment as a Service provider Infostellar have signed an agreement that will enable Infostellar customers access to their satellite constellations from the Australian Ground Network – West (AGN-W) site near Mingenew in Western Australia. Established by Capricorn Space to …

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Africa’s ASECNA And Aerion Agree On ADS-B Satellite Use For Air Navigation and Safety

Following nearly two years of collaboration on terrestrial surveillance between the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) and Aireon, the two organizations have concluded the use of space-based ADS-B for surveillance services beginning 1 January 2020 within the six flight information regions (FIRs) of ASECNA: Antananarivo, …

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Kepler Taps SpaceX To Launch Two IoT Nanosatellite Constellation Batches In 2020

Kepler Communication has selected SpaceX as launch partner to deliver a portion of its first Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation into space onboard SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Kepler has procured 400 kg of launch capacity from SpaceX for the deployment of multiple satellites. These spacecraft incorporate both a …

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UK’s OneWeb To Use Altius Space Machines Tech For Space Debris Mitigation

OneWeb, whose goal is to connect everyone everywhere, and OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb are coming together to advance the OneWeb Responsible Space program with a commitment to implement an advanced-technology grappling fixture, developed by Altius Space Machines, on OneWeb’s satellites. Dedicated to the idea that …

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