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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Smart Africa Alliance and Inmarsat Developing Blueprint for Digital Services Across the Continent

Inmarsat announced on May 10, 2017, that, in conjunction with the government of the Republic of Rwanda, it is launching a series of digital service initiatives across the capital, Kigali, a city of more than one million people. As part of the digital services initiatives, Inmarsat today also signed a …

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Inmarsat Showcases Unified Mission Critical Communications to Support Kigali Smart City Initiative

Inmarsat is showcasing how satellite communications can be deployed to deliver unified mission critical data and voice communications at the Transform Africa Summit (May 10-12, 2017) in Kigali, Rwanda. The summit, organised by the Smart Africa Alliance, brings together Presidents and senior government officials from 18 African nations, alongside leading …

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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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UAE’s MBRSC Reveals Further Details About Its Mars 2117 Colonisation Programme

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has revealed further details behind the grand vision to colonise Mars by 2117 set out by their Highnesses Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in February 2017. Speaking to an audience …

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Kratos and HawkEye 360 Announce Collaboration to Advance Spectrum Detection, Characterization, and Geolocation Services

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, and HawkEye 360, announced on May 8, 2017, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the potential of expanding Kratos’ industry-leading carrier monitoring, interference detection and geolocation offerings with HawkEye 360’s planned space-based RF detection and geolocation services. …

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Israel’s Elbit Systems Awarded a Contract to Provide Satellite-On-the-Move Systems to the Ministry of Defence

Elbit Systems has announced today that it was awarded a contract to provide the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) with dozens of satellite-on-the-move (SOTM) systems. The contract is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems and will be performed over a two-year period. The ELSAT 2100 SOTM …

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Israel’s Spacecom Wins Deal With Nepal’s DTH Dish Media Network To Upgrade Capacity On AMOS-4

Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, announced on May 4, 2017, that Nepal’s Dish Media Network has furthered its long-term association with AMOS-4. Located at the 65°E prime orbital position, AMOS-4 provides Dishhome with substantial satellite capacity enabling the DTH provider to expand its Standard Definition (SD) and …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Insight – International Discourse, New Space Actors, and the Space Symposium

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and Secure World Foundation we will occasionally be publishing selected articles from the organisation. Secure World Foundation envisions the secure, sustainable and peaceful uses of outer space contributing to global stability and benefits on Earth. The mission of the Secure World Foundation is to …

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TeamIndus Moon Mission To Use Thales Alenia’s Integrated Transponder

Thales Alenia Space has been chosen by TeamIndus to provide the Integrated S Band Transponder on board its Lunar Landing Spacecraft system to transmit video and images from the Rover. Thales Alenia Space is the world leader in space communications systems, with customers including space agencies and satellite manufacturers from around …

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