#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: One Belt One Road One Space by Muhammad Furqan

China has big ambitious with the Silk Road strategy.  Muhammad Furqan, satellite industry writer and analyst, shares his opinion on this fascinating subject. The United States withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership of 12 economies, comprising 40% of World’s total GDP, has created a void of leadership and has made the …

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The #SpaceWatchMe Interviews: Omar Shoter, CEO NOORSAT

NOORSAT is a leading satellite service provider, serving the Arab World. In the latest interview in our series, SpaceWatch Middle East contributing Editor, Helen Jameson speaks to NOORSAT CEO, Omar Shoter about the region, growth opportunities and challenges. NOORSAT is one of the leading satellite operators in the ME region, …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: MilSatCom Middle East

Supported by the UAE Space Agency, MilSatCom 2017 brings together the Middle East’s military communications community. Taking place on February 22nd in Abu Dhabi, the event focuses on identifying future regional needs, enhancing capabilities and developing space assets. For the past six years MilSatCom has gathered the top regional decision …

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UAE aims to establish human settlement on Mars by 2117

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan have unveiled today the “Mars 2117 Project” which aims at its final …

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Arabsat and ONT launch a Tunisian Platform on Badr-4

Arabsat and ONT have announced the signing an agreement to launch a Tunisian broadcast platform on Arabsat Badr-4 at 26°E. This platform operation will start by end of Q2, 2017  and will allow Tunisian and regional broadcasters to have a direct access from Tunis  to the growing 26°E neighbourhood with a coverage …

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Inmarsat, Global Beam Telecom to provide connectivity to Virgin Megastores in UAE

Inmarsat plc has announced that distribution partner Global Beam Telecom has struck a multi-year agreement with Tecbuy and Virgin Megastores in the United Arab Emirates to sell Inmarsat’s GSPS IsatPhone satellite phones and IsatHub terminals to its UAE customers. The devices are immediately available for purchase at three of the …

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Israel’s Gilat to develop Electronically-Steerable Antenna for in-flight connectivity for Airbus Technology Demonstrator

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today a joint development project with Airbus for an European Space Agency (ESA) In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) antenna funded by Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking (CS2JU), as part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program. The …

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UAE’s Nayif-1 Nanosatellite set to launch from India between 14-25 February

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have announced that the launch of the nanosatellite Nayif-1 will occur between the 14th and 25th February 2017, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on board a PSLV-C37 rocket. Nayif-1 is expected to be …

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Qatar’s Es’hailSat and Turkey’s Total TR Medya sign framework service agreement

Qatar satellite company Es’hailSat has signed a contract to give Total TR Medya exclusive rights to resell its products and services to end users in the Republic of Turkey. Operating from the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) orbital, covering consumer markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and North Africa, Es’hailSat’s …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: GEO-LEO Hybrid Multigrid Network by Muhammad Furqan

Satellites on different orbits, connected in multigrid networks.  Muhammad Furqan, writer and analyst in the satellite communication industry shares his opinion on this fascinating subject. An Independent Extraterrestrial Network A couple of years ago I proposed ‘Ring Computing’, a ring of 264,986 km circumference created by a constellation of interconnected …

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