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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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#SpaceWatchME Review: SPACE FORUM 2017 – Luxembourg at the center of the global space map

On May 9-10, 2017, over 5,000 space and satellite professionals gathered at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg to discuss the latest digital, tech and space trends, the increasing use of data, and planetary defence and space mining, with experts from all over the world sharing their knowledge and vision. The …

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UAE’s MBRSC Orders Environmental Monitoring Satellite from Canada’s Space Flight Laboratory

The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced on May 16, 2017, the signing of a new contract to provide Dubai-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) with a small microsatellite for aerosol and greenhouse gas monitoring.  SFL’s Next-generation Earth Monitoring and Observation (NEMO) platform technology, which incorporates high performance ground target …

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U.S. Intelligence Voices Concerns About Iranian Satellite Jamming and Spoofing Capabilities

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, voiced growing U.S. concerns about Iranian satellite jamming and spoofing activity in testimony he gave to the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2017. The testimony by Mr. Coats was part of the annual briefing on …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: “Go for Launch” – Australia’s Unique Opportunity in Space

Australia has such potential to become a  space player and  the need for the country to develop its own space industry is becoming increasingly urgent.  Alexander Linossier gives his very engaging view on this topic. I grew up loving all things space; planets, stars, astronauts. I would lie in my backyard at night, …

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Italian Oil Company Eni Taps Airbus Defence and Space and Planetek Italia for Earth Observation Support

Planetek Italia and Airbus Defence and Space have been awarded a contract for the supply of high-resolution Earth observation imagery and services by Eni, the Italian multinational oil and gas company. With the data and services provided, Eni will have actionable information at hand to improve their wide range of …

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Iranian Minister Claims Iran Ready to Launch Communications and Remote Sensing Satellite in Coming Months

Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian Minister for Communications and Information Technology, announced on May 8, 2017, that two Iranian-made satellites are almost ready for launch. “Now, we have two satellites ready to be launched, one being Amir Kabir sensing satellite and the other being Nahid telecommunication satellite,” said Minister Vaezi to Iranian …

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Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation Site Visit to Iran for SMMS Programme

An Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) delegation successfully conducted the Hosting Site Survey at the proposed Iranian site on April 8-13, 2017, as the follow up to one of the most important tasks in the Small Multi-Mission Satellite (SMMS) Project phase B. This mission was conducted by experts from the …

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SES Launches Rapid Response Vehicle for Defence, Security, and Humanitarian Missions

SES has announced its new government product Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a SATCOM-enabled platform capable of providing high-speed connectivity and global communications services tailored to a broad range of commercial, civil, humanitarian, and defence missions around the world. The Rapid Response Vehicle is the world’s first mobile platform to offer …

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Iran Announces Launch of Nahid-2 Communications Satellite for 2018

The Iran Space Agency’s Aerospace Research Institute (ARI) has announced that it plans to launch its Nahid-2 communications satellite sometime in 2018. According to Hassan Hadadpour, the head of the ARI, Nahid-2 will be the first Iranian satellite to feature a propulsion system powered by lithium-ion batteries, and is therefore …

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