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ESA’s Exoplanet Mission, Cheops, Scheduled for Liftoff

Cheops, the CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite, is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 09:54 CET on 17 December 2019. Cheops is ESA’s first mission dedicated to the study of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets. It will observe bright stars that are already known …

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Airbus Validates OPTIMA Photonics Payload For Laser SATCOM

Airbus has validated and demonstrated photonic satellite payload technology to Technology Readiness Level 6, the last level before prototype in orbit, through the OPTIMA Horizon 2020 project. This proof of concept demonstrator brings the use of photonic payloads in telecommunications satellites one step closer. Photonic payloads have the potential to …

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ND Satcom Selects Work Microwave A-Series DVB-S2X Gateways

For its leading network product portfolio SKYWAN 5G, with hybrid MF-TDMA and DVB-S2X, ND Satcom has selected Work Microwave’s A-Series DVB-S2X modulator platform. The SKYWAN 5G DVB solution features a unique two-way broadband satellite communication network for high-quality services, combining the widely adopted DVB-S2/S2X transmission standard with the ND Satcom …

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Spain’s Telefonica Signs Multi-Year Capacity Contract On Eutelsat’s HOTBIRD

Eutelsat has secured a multi-year capacity contract at its flagship HOTBIRD neighbourhood with Spain’s leading telecommunications operator, Telefonica. Telefonica has selected Eutelsat’s key orbital position at 13° East to broadcast RTVE free-to-air content consisting of two HD channels: TVE Internacional Europa, the world’s farthest-reaching Spanish general interest channel, and the news channel, 24 …

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Russia’s RSCC And Azerbaijan’s AzerCosmos Sign SATCOM Sharing Agreement

Azerbaijan’s state space corporation, AzerCosmos OJSC, and the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC – also known as the Russian Satellite Communications Federal State Unitary Enterprise) inked a cooperative agreement in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, on 5 December 2019. The agreement allows for the parties to use each other’s …

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Eutelsat Partners With Panasonic Avionics To Deliver XTS Inflight Connectivity Across Africa, Europe, And Middle East

Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a market leader in in-flight entertainment and connectivity, has signed a multi-year agreement for Ku-band capacity on two multi-beam payloads on the EUTELSAT-10B satellite, due to be launched in 2022. This contract with Eutelsat will enable Panasonic to provide multiple gigahertz of new extreme throughput (XTS [1]) …

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UAE’s TRA Completes Participation In WRC-19

The UAE concluded its participation in the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, with the participation of 165 Member States, thus contributing significantly in highlighting the role of the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG), and presenting many working papers and opinions on all the topics …

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Israel’s Gilat Wavestream Awarded $6M Contract By U.S. Defense Department

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 4 December 2019 that its subsidiary Wavestream received orders for over U.S.$6 million from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for its state-of-the-art GaN BUCs,  to be supplied as the first award of a …

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Horizon Europe For Space: What To Expect After 2020?

By Valerie Vlasenko The EU strategy for space outlines the fostering of a competitive and innovative European space sector as one of its key objectives. Yet becoming a global leader in space requires funding and extensive support in research and development (R&D). To secure this global competitiveness, Europe has its …

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UAE’s Yahsat And Hughes Launch Brazilian Satellite Broadband Service

Hughes Network Systems LLC, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), announced on 6 December 2019 the commencement of a joint venture …

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