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UAE’s Thuraya Holds Roadshows for Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah Police Air Wings

Thuraya Telecommunications Company held meetings with senior officials from the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah Police Air Wings to showcase a suite of Satcom products and services. As the main Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator in the country, the company has worked with local law enforcement teams before and were …

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Angola’s AngoSat-1 To Be Launched By Russia in December 2017

Angola’s first communications satellite, AngoSat-1, will be launched into geostationary orbit on December 7, 2017, according a spokesman for the Russia Space Corporation Energia (RKK Energiya). The launcher to be used will be a Zenit carrier rocket built in Ukraine, and the launch itself shall be from the Baikonur Cosmodrome …

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Saudi Arabia Partners With Northrop Grumman for CyberArabia

Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University and the Northrop Grumman Corporation are joining hands for CyberArabia to foster innovation in cyber security among Saudi university students. The third annual cyber security workshop and competition, CyberArabia, held October 11-12, 2017, is part of the company’s global commitment to cyber education and workforce …

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Raytheon To Provide Imaging Payloads for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView Legion Constellation

Raytheon was recently selected by DigitalGlobe, Inc. as the next-generation WorldView Legion satellite imaging constellation payload provider. Under the contract, Raytheon will deliver the telescopes, detectors, and combined electronics to Space Systems Loral, the WorldView Legion space vehicle integrator. Raytheon’s new payload doubles DigitalGlobe’s capacity to capture multispectral and 30 …

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Sentinel-5P Successfully Launched To Monitor World’s Pollution

The Airbus-built pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has been successfully launched on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia at 09.27 GMT on Friday, October 13, 2017. Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of the Copernicus global monitoring programme, a joint European Commission–European Space Agency undertaking which aims to acquire continuous …

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Bahrain’s Noorsat To Be Acquired By Eutelsat For U.S.$75 Million

Eutelsat Communications has acquired Noorsat, one of the leading satellite service providers in the Middle East, from Bahrain’s Orbit Holding Group. Established in 2004, Noorsat is the premier distributor of Eutelsat capacity in the Middle East, serving blue-chip customers and providing services for over 300 TV channels almost exclusively from …

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MDA Completes Acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Rebrands As Maxar Technologies

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, announced on October 5, 2017, it has completed its acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in high resolution Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. The merger creates …

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Turkey’s Small and Medium Sized Space Companies Fear Being Squeezed Out of Space Business

Just as Turkey’s Space programme is about to be put on a permanent footing with the establishment of its national space agency, some Turkish entrepreneurs fear that they are being squeezed out of satellite and space business in favour of large companies such as Turksat, Rocketsan, and Turkish Aerospace Industries …

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