Morocco’s Medi-1 TV HD Broadcast on Arabsat’s Free-To-Air DVB-S2 Platform

Starting July 10, 2017, Arabsat announced the broadcast of Medi-1 TV HD on the newly launched Arabsat Free-To-Air DVB-S2 platform.  Medi 1 TV broadcasts standard newscasts as well as talk-shows and documentaries. These programmes cover current affairs, business and financial markets, and sports. It is rated among the top Pan-Arab …

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Syria: Identifying Risks and Understanding Conflict With DigitalGlobe’s Human Landscape

Andre Kearn, Radiant Senior Director, Commercial Services, of DigitalGlobe, writes on how satellite imagery and geospatial intelligence can be used to map the human dimension of conflict. Using the Syrian Civil War as a case study, Kearn demonstrates the utility of DigitalGlobe’s Human Landscape. Political unrest and religious disputes have led …

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UAE’s MBRSC Launches Its First “Like a Scientist” Camp

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has launched its first science summer camp, under the title “Like a Scientist.” The camp targeted students from grade 9 to 12 at UAE schools, who had the opportunity to explore how planetary scientists work through a series of interactive activities, workshops, and …

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Turkey’s DigiTurk Renews Long-Term Video Capacity Agreement With Eutelsat

Eutelsat Communications and Digiturk beIN Media Group have concluded a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement on the EUTELSAT 7A satellite, extending a collaboration that began in 2000 with the launch of Turkey’s first pay-TV platform that is today the platform of choice for TV homes in Turkey. Digiturk, Turkey’s largest pay-TV operator, …

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Israeli-Made OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Satellites Successfully Launched By Arianespace

For the second time this year – and the 10th overall since entering service in 2012 – Vega has successfully launched a payload from the Spaceport, with this lightweight vehicle’s latest mission delivering the OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Earth observation satellites to Sun-synchronous orbits. Lifting off from the Spaceport’s SLV launch …

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Arabsat Selects Kratos’ End-to-End Network Management Solution To Scale Growing Satellite Ground Operations

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced on July 31, 2017, that the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat), the leading satellite operator in the Middle East, has selected Compass®, Kratos’ end-to-end network management product, to support its expanding satellite fleet ground operations. Compass network …

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Mahmoud Vaezi, Iranian Minister Responsible for Space, To Step Down

The Iranian government minister responsible for the space portfolio has stated that he will step down before the start of President Hassan Rouhani’s second term. Mahmoud Vaezi, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has been responsible for Iran Space Agency activities as well as negotiations with Russia and other …

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Arabsat Announces New Frequency For Tunisian Channels

Arabsat has announced a new frequency on its BADR-4 satellite for the Tunisia Nat1, Tunisia Nat2, Hannibal TV, and Al Janoubia TV channels to join Attasia TV and M Tunisia TV on the Tunisian Channels Bouquet from the Office National de la Télédiffusion (ONT) Arabsat BADR-4 new frequency at 12,643 …

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Space Mining Law Passes In Luxembourg, Takes Effect August 1, 2017

On July 13, 2017, Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies passed a law, with near unanimity, regarding the exploration and utilisation of space resources. The new law will enter into force on August 1, 2017. Luxembourg is the first European country to have a legal framework recognising the right to space-based resources that …

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Israel’s Gilat Awarded Contract by Brazil’s Telebras for SGDC Satellite

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it received orders of U.S.$11.4 Million, net of local taxes, to provide state-of-the-art communication solutions and technologies for the satellite-based broadband network, to serve the Brazilian Geostationary Satellite for Defense and Strategic Communications …

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