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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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#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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Algeria Telecom Satellite Hosts Arabsat for SATCOM Workshop

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization, Arabsat, in cooperation with Algeria Telecom Satellite (ATS), are holding a workshop in Algiers  May 15-16, 2017. Arabsat will showcase its satellites and latest capabilities that demonstrate how Arabsat can provide up-to-date technical solutions for satellite telecommunications and Internet services covering the entire Algerian territory. …

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Inmarsat and Actility Deploy City-Wide Internet of Things Network in Kigali to Support Smart City Initiative

Inmarsat will deploy LoRaWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) infrastructure around the city of Kigali to support the Rwandan capital’s flagship smart city project. The network, which will be active for an initial period of a year from May 1, 2017, will be the connectivity platform for a variety of Internet …

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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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Ethiopia’s INSA Agency Selects Eutelsat for New EthioSat TV Platform

One day ahead of the NexTV CEO event in Mauritius, Ethiopia’s Information Network Security Agency (INSA), in charge of the transformation of the country’s high-tech and security industry, officialised the launch of Ethiosat, its new TV platform. INSA has inked a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications for capacity at its …

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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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