UAE’s Thuraya, SatAfrik host Road Show in Tanzania

Leading UAE mobile satellite service (MSS) operator Thuraya Telecommunications Company co-hosted a corporate day with SatAfrik Group, its service provider in Tanzania, on 14 November 2016. The event in Dar es Salaam showcased Thuraya’s latest products and solutions to customers in the Tanzanian market. Thuraya promoted the world’s most advanced …

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DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-4 commercial earth observation satellite successfully launched after wildfire delay

WorldView-4, DigitalGlobe’s latest high-resolution Earth observation satellite, was finally, and successfully, launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas-V launch vehicle. The launch took place on 11 November 2016, just under two months after its scheduled launch. The lengthy delay was caused by …

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German foreign intelligence service to get its own reconnaissance satellite in 2022

German news outlet Deutsche Welle, along with other German media sources, reports that the German federal foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has been allocated a U.S.435 million (approximately 400 million Euros) budget line to acquire its own high-resolution satellite reconnaissance system expected to enter service in 2022. The BND …

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Op’ed: Space in Europe: we are living in exciting times!

Europe is about to make key decisions that will affect its place in space for the coming years. Through its flagship projects, both current and future, it will strive to ensure that it remains a strong and influential player. Vera Pinto Gomes, Policy Analyst at the EU Satellite Navigation Programme, gives her …

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Forward Thinking: 700 Global Experts Converge on Dubai to Shape a New Global Future

The inaugural Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils opens on Sunday 12 November in Dubai, bringing together more than 700 experts from around the world to generate ideas and solutions to prepare the world for the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With experts comprising leading figures from …

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UK Space: Commercial and scientific excellence under political uncertainty

The UK space sector has made great strides over the past several years, and has established a strong network of partnerships throughout the Middle East. Yet the British decision to exit the European Union poses many challenges for the UK space and satellite industry. SpaceWatch Middle East contributing editor Helen Jameson examines …

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SES partners with International Organisation for Migration to create disaster management manual

SES S.A. announced on 2 November 2016 that it has been selected by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to create a digital emergency manual, in a project funded by the Luxembourg Government. IOM, which carries out humanitarian operations globally to address the most urgent needs of displaced populations, updated …

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ESA commits to continuation of Ariane 6 Programme

The European Space Agency and Airbus Safran Launchers, industrial prime contractor of the Ariane 6 launcher, have signed the amendment to their initial agreement, signed on of 12 August 2015, committing the entire €2.4 billion planned for the development, production and operation of the two versions of the Ariane 6 …

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