Burkina Faso Selects Eutelsat To Accelerate Nationwide Roll-Out of Digital Television

Eutelsat Communications has announced a multi-year agreement for satellite capacity with Société burkinabè de télédiffusion (SBT), the public agency deploying DTT channels across Burkina Faso. Announced at Discop Abidjan, the new contract is a major step in the drive to accelerate analogue switch-off in Burkina Faso. Capacity leased on EUTELSAT …

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Airbus to provide SpaceKnow with access to “One Atlas” for development of new analytics

Airbus Defence and Space will provide SpaceKnow, a leading provider of satellite imagery analysis, with access to its One Atlas optical satellite imagery basemap streaming service. Objective of the respective agreement is to allow online access to Pléiades and SPOT satellite imagery, and support the development of new analytics applications …

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SES Networks and GTMaritime Launch New Connectivity Service

SES and GTMaritime, a specialist in providing communication solutions and services to the maritime industry, announced a partnership to provide a new volume-based service package for regional maritime connectivity. The new SES Networks Maritime+ Regional Connectivity service, leveraging SES’s extensive satellite fleet and ground infrastructure, will be marketed by GTMaritime …

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Spain’s Coastal Authority uses Globalstar’s SPOT Trace for search and rescue training

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd. has announced that Spain’s coastal authority, Salvamento Maritimo, has chosen SPOT Trace™ as an essential tool to help train its search and rescue teams as well as oil spill disaster recovery crews. Salvamento Maritimo attaches small SPOT Trace units to human-like dummies that are placed …

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exactEarth Broadens Small Vessel Tracking Offering

exactEarth Ltd. report that the company’s small vessel tracking solution, exactTrax, is now available for integration with all Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver manufacturers. A number of different exactTrax-enabled transceivers are already available, which enables customers to choose the most appropriate hardware for their small vessel tracking needs. exactTrax is …

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Qatar Airways to offer next generation Inmarsat GX Aviation in-flight broadband service

Inmarsat, the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, announced that Qatar Airways has become the first Middle East megacarrier to select its advanced new GX Aviation in-flight broadband solution. In a landmark agreement, the next-generation service will initially be available to Qatar Airways passengers on board more than …

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#SpaceWatchME Review: World Space Risk Forum 2017 in London – Space: A Risky Business

SpaceWatch Middle East Editor-in-Chief Helen Jameson took the chance to attend the World Space Risk Forum 2017 on June 15th in London, United Kingdom. If a roomful of people could agree on something, it would definitely be the fact that the space industry is at a critical tipping point. It …

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Johann-Dietrich Woerner: Cooperation And Competition In Space Is Both An Opportunity And A Necessity

European Space Agency (ESA) Director-General Johann-Dietrich Woerner reflects on international space cooperation and competition in these unsettling times. As I reflected on the successful launch of Hispasat 36W-1 on the new SmallGEO geostationary platform on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, and the current global political backdrop, it got …

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Inmarsat Offers Risk Assessment for Maritime Cyber Security Working Group

Inmarsat is giving its full backing to a new Joint Working Group (JWG) formed by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to develop a coordinated position on cybercrime and its prevention.  One of the maritime industry’s leading commercial satellite service providers said that stakeholder unity was critical in meeting …

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Government Space Programme Spending Reaches $62 Billion in 2016

According to Euroconsult’s newly released research report, Government Space Programs: Benchmarks, Profiles and Forecasts to 2026, global space budgets totaled $62.2 billion in 2016, down 2% from the previous year. Governments launched 75 satellites, less than the historical peak of 2015 but in line with the last five year average. …

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