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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SES Launches Rapid Response Vehicle for Defence, Security, and Humanitarian Missions

SES has announced its new government product Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV), a SATCOM-enabled platform capable of providing high-speed connectivity and global communications services tailored to a broad range of commercial, civil, humanitarian, and defence missions around the world. The Rapid Response Vehicle is the world’s first mobile platform to offer …

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Iranian-Linked ‘OilRig’ Hacker Group Accused of Cyber Espionage Operation Against Israel

Numerous cyber security researchers are claiming that a short-lived yet sophisticated cyber espionage operation against Israeli technology, medical, defence, and academic targets was carried out by a group dubbed OilRig that is linked to Iran’s intelligence agencies. OilRig have previously been linked to other operations carried out against Gulf Cooperation …

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Qatar Airways Activates Real-Time Global Flight Tracking Solution From Inmarsat

Leading international airline Qatar Airways has activated an advanced new space-based system, supplied by Inmarsat, to track all of its flights across the world. Inmarsat worked exclusively with Qatar Airways to develop this cutting-edge solution, which covers its current route network of over 150 destinations worldwide, in addition to any …

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Iran Announces Launch of Nahid-2 Communications Satellite for 2018

The Iran Space Agency’s Aerospace Research Institute (ARI) has announced that it plans to launch its Nahid-2 communications satellite sometime in 2018. According to Hassan Hadadpour, the head of the ARI, Nahid-2 will be the first Iranian satellite to feature a propulsion system powered by lithium-ion batteries, and is therefore …

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A Deadly Twist in Iran’s ‘Soft War’? Iranian satellite TV mogul murdered in Istanbul

A prominent Iranian satellite television network owner living in exile was gunned down along with his Kuwaiti business partner on an Istanbul street on the evening of April 29, 2017. Saeed Karimian, a 45-year old Iranian-British citizen living in Istanbul, and his as yet unnamed Kuwaiti business associate, were driving …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: GLEX 2017 in Beijing, China

The Conference will bring together leaders and decision-makers within the science and human exploration community – engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, agency representatives and policy makers. The leaders in the field will converge in Beijing to discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions and it will contain several opportunities to …

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