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The Outer Space Treaty and Marco Polo’s World: What We Have Been Reading

It’s been quite some time since we last shared with our readers what we have been reading, and we’ve even heard that this irregular feature has been missed! So, without further ado, here’s what has caught our attention over the past few weeks: The Wall Street Journal published an interesting …

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Egyptian Cabinet Receives Formal Legal Submission for Creation of Egyptian Space Agency

The Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has submitted a formal proposal for the creation of an Egyptian Space Agency to the cabinet in Cairo. According to Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Scientific Research Essam Khamis, the ministry submitted text for a law that would establish the …

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Mauritania to Receive Improved Backhaul Connectivity With Newtec Dialog®

Newtec – a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications – announced on May 22, 2017, the successful commercial deployment of a Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform to provide cellular backhaul for Mattel, Mauritania’s leading mobile operator. Working with its certified business partner GLOBAL Technologies, Newtec …

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Pakistan’s Supernet Commitment on Intelsat EpicNG to Enhance Connectivity for Unserved and Underserved Remote Areas

Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, has announced that Supernet Ltd., Pakistan’s leading satellite network service provider and systems integrator, is introducing new services provided via the Intelsat 33e satellite. Supernet, one of the first companies in the Asia-Pacific region to …

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Arabsat to Broadcast MBC Pro Sports and MBC HD Bouquet

Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC) High Definition (HD) bouquet and MBC PRO SPORTS are being exclusively broadcasted via the  Arabsat satellite fleet on the orbital position 26°E, with full coverage over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), ending any broadcast of these channels on other satellite operators over the …

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Propulsion System for Saudi Arabia’s SaudiGeoSat-1 Completed by Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has completed the propulsion subsystem for the first modernized A2100 satellite. Integral to the spacecraft, the subsystem helps raise the satellite into orbit after launch and keeps it on station throughout its mission life. The propulsion subsystem – a hybrid of electrical and liquid technology – was built …

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DigitalGlobe to Provide Elevation Data to Rise Broadband for Wireless Internet Service Provisioning

DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, has announced an agreement to provide elevation data to Rise Broadband to enable faster and more efficient deployment of wireless internet services in the United States. DigitalGlobe will provide Rise Broadband, the country’s largest fixed wireless …

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ORBCOMM and machinestalk Deliver IoT Solutions in Saudi Arabia and the GCC Region

ORBCOMM Inc., a leading global provider of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, announced today that it has signed a strategic distribution agreement with machinestalk, a leading IoT solutions provider based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to provide ORBCOMM’s global satellite, cellular and dual-mode network connectivity; hardware; web reporting …

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Inmarsat confirms successful launch of the fourth Global Xpress satellite

Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has confirmed on May 16, 2017, the successful launch of the fourth, high-speed broadband communications satellite in its transformational Global Xpress (GX) constellation. Inmarsat GX is the world’s first globally available, broadband connectivity service and was created to enable communities across the …

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Iranian Hacker Group OilRig Thought to Be Using Russian Hackers-for-Hire in U.S. Cyber Attack

TrapX, a U.S.-based cyber security and research company, are claiming that the OilRig hacker group that is linked to Iran’s intelligence agencies have potentially established links with Russian hackers-for-hire, according to a May 15, 2017, report in The New York Times. The possible Russian connection to OilRig was discovered in …

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