#SpaceWatchME Review: 11th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation in Berlin 2017

Berlin Symposium Celebrates SmallSat Innovation The prestigious Berlin-Brandenberg Academy of Sciences provided the backdrop for the 11th International Academy of Astronautics Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation from 24-27 April. It was yet another successful gathering of more than 250 representatives from across the industry, government, and academic institutions …

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US Set To Lift Restrictions on Satellite Technology Exports to Saudi Arabia, GCC

The United States is set to lift restrictions on the export of sensitive strategic technologies – to include high-resolution reconnaissance satellites – to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, according to a report in the French online publication Intelligence Online. The recent visit with President Donald J. Trump and his national …

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India to Build Earth Observation Satellite for Armenia, Build Human Capacity

India is to build an Earth observation satellite for Armenia, as well as train Armenian scientists in the use of the system and handling and interpreting its data, according to Indian press reports. The agreement comes after the Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari held talks with the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime …

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Thuraya Takes off with Inflight Connectivity “Thuraya AERO”

Leading Mobile Satellite Service operator, Thuraya Telecommunications Company, has announced the launch of Thuraya AERO, a satellite communication service that enables in-flight connectivity for internet access, voice calls, text messaging and high-speed data applications on board small to medium sized aircrafts. Developed in collaboration with the Aero Group, a consortium …

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Intelsat to Provide Intelsat EpicNG Services for Morocco’s INWI

Intelsat has announced that Morocco’s INWI has signed an agreement to integrate satellite services from the Intelsat EpicNG platform into INWI’s network. INWI, the fastest-growing mobile operator in Morocco, is expanding into cellular backhaul services and, following the awarding of a VSAT license by Morocco’s National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation …

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Israel’s Spacecom Hangs Tough, Signals End of Xinwei Attempted Buyout

Israeli satellite communications company Spacecom has formally backed away from buyout talks with China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, according to Space News. “At the moment there are no talks with Xinwei,” said Spacecom’s Senior Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, Jacob Keret, to Space News. Spacecom and Beijing Xinwei Technology Group …

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Forging Ahead at Thuraya’s 15th Partner Conference in Dubai

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator welcomed international and regional delegates from Africa, Asia, Europe, the GCC and North America at its annual Partner Conference in Dubai. Held from 25 to 26 April, the two-day conference is taking place at the W hotel. This year’s theme …

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Space Mining an Opportunity for Middle East Oil Powers – Analyst

Middle Eastern oil powers are well-placed to take advantage of the opportunities presented by exploiting space resources such as water and preciois metal, according to an energy industry analyst based in Singapore. According to Bloomberg, Tom James, a partner with Singapore-based commodities and energy consultancy Navitas Resources, says that countries …

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Liberated Districts of Mosul Reconnecting to Satellite Television

The ongoing battle against the cruel occupation of Daesh in the ancient city of Mosul in Iraq is a necessary yet tragically costly one for its weary and beleagured residents. One small piece of good news, however, amidst the tough fighting between liberating forces and Daesh, is the return of normal …

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Arabsat To Sponsor the 18th Arab Radio and Television Festival in Tunisia

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat – will sponsor and participate in the 18th edition of Arab Festival for Radio and Television, organised by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), from May 25-28, 2017, in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, and will be attended by several media figures and broadcasters from …

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