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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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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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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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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: The GVF Satellite Hub at CABSAT 2017

Mission Criticality: The Satellite Solution and the Humanitarian Crisis Next week, the CABSAT event will begin in Dubai. SpaceWatch Middle East will not only be attending but our Editor, Torsten Kriening, will also be moderating a special panel at the GVF Satellite Hub. The subject is close to our hearts. …

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Airbus Defence and Space SpaceDataHighway to reach Asia-Pacific

Airbus Defence and Space has announced the kick-off of EDRS-D, the third communication node of the SpaceDataHighway. Airbus Defence and Space will expand the EDRS-SpaceDataHighway with a third node, EDRS-D, to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region by 2020. This third node will be the next step towards global optical …

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UAE’s MBRSC Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With Korea Aerospace Research Institute

The Dubai, United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in South Korea with the goal of cooperating on various space-related activities and transferring expertise. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al …

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Israel’s Gilat announces launch of ultra-compact, high-throughput SATCOM terminal for unmanned aerial systems

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, has announced the commercial availability of an ultra-compact airborne satellite communications (SATCOM) terminal for unmanned aerial systems delivering exceptional throughput for its size. Tactical, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are commonly used to gather and send …

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Newtec unveils new product range to help users get the most from HTS networks

Newtec has unveiled a number of new DVB-S2X wideband products for use in High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and global networks. The wideband DVB-S2X and scalable Newtec Dialog®XIF Hubs provide high throughput, high density and carrier grade solutions, as part of the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform (Release 2.1). Each hub model …

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Canada’s MDA to acquire commercial satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, and DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which MDA …

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