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Samer Halawi Departs UAE’s Thuraya for U.S. Position

Samer Halawi has amicably resigned from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai-based satellite communications company Thuraya, and is headed to a new job in Washington, DC, with an as yet unnamed company, according to Space Intel Report‘s Peter B. de Selding. Halawi, who had been CEO of Thuraya …

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ScopeTel Joins NorthTelecom Group

NorthTelecom is poised to welcome Malaysian based telecommunication company ScopeTel as part of the NorthTelecom Group. The agreement with ScopeTel further strengthens NorthTelecom’s position in the Asia Pacific (APAC) market. The combination of ScopeTel’s many years of experience in the oil & gas and maritime telecommunications sector, and NorthTelecom’s world …

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China To Contribute Funds to Egypt’s Space Programme

China has agreed to contribute U.S.$64 million to the Egyptian earth observation satellite programme, EgyptSat, as part of a new cooperation agreement between the two counties signed on March 21, 2017. The funding will be contingent on a feasibility study on the EgyptSat programme, but is thought to be a …

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Kratos to Support UAE’s Yahsat with Broad Suite of Ground System Solutions

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced on March 20, 2017, that Yahsat has selected Kratos to support its expanding satellite fleet with command and control (C2), signal monitoring, and data analysis solutions. Kratos’ EPOCH® Integrated Product Suite (IPS) will provide C2 for Yahsat’s …

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Newtec to Upgrade MENOS Platform

Since 2008, the Arab States Broadcasting Union’s (ASBU) Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite (MENOS) has allowed broadcasters in the region to exchange multimedia content, including video and audio material, over satellite across several sites scattered across a large geographical area. The platform has continued to gain momentum, with an increasing …

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Calls Grow for the Creation of a Kuwaiti Space Agency

The case for the creation of a Kuwaiti space agency is growing with prominent Kuwaiti scientists advocating that the Gulf kingdom consider the merits of establishing a formal entity to deal with space issues. Quoted in the English-language newspaper Kuwait Times, scientist Dr. Hala Al-Jassar, an Assistant Professor in the …

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Israel’s Netanyahu Visits China, Discusses Cyber, Science, and Technology Cooperation, Investments

Following immediately on the heels of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading a delegation to China, arriving on March 19, 2017, in order to discuss and enhance strategic and economic ties between the two countries. Among the various topics to be discussed between Israel and …

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Saudi Arabia To Contribute To China’s Chang’e-4 Moon Mission

As part of his six week-long tour of Asian countries, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has presided over a major space agreement between his Kingdom and Asia’s leading space power, China. This prominent agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the King Abdulaziz City of Science …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Srinivas Prasad of Sasken Technologies Ltd.

In the latest of our SpaceWatch Middle East Interviews, Helen Jameson speaks to Srinivas Prasad, VP and Head, Communication and Consumer Business Units, Sasken Technologies Limited to talk about the company, satellite in our society and their terminal development.  Can you please give us some background on the company and …

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Successful Launch of Sentinel-2B Adds to EU’s Copernicus Earth Observation Constellation

Europe´s Copernicus programme has got its second eye. On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 02:49 am CET (March 6, 2017, at 10.49 pm local time), a Vega launcher successfully took off from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying the satellite developed and built under the industrial leadership of Airbus …

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