UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre to host Emirates Mars Mission workshop in October 2016

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Credits: Jeffrey E. Biteng, The National.

The United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the 2nd Annual Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Science Workshop, which targets students, graduates and educational entities from various UAE universities. The workshop, which will be held on October 3rd at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, will address …

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Qatar’s Es’hail-2 launch delayed to 3rd Quarter of 2017

Artist's conception of Es'hailSat's Es'hail-2 telecommunications satellite. Credits: MELCO.

Qatar’s Es’hailSat has announced that it’s Es’hail-2 satellite will now be launched in the third quarter of 2017 rather than in December 2016 as originally planned. There has been no word as to why the launch date for Es’hail-2 has slipped by at least six months. Es’hail-2 will be launched …

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Qatar’s Nakilat LNG and LPG ships to get SATCOM upgrade from Global Eagle Entertainment

Credits: Nakilat.

Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas sector, has entered into a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) service line to provide marine very-small aperture terminal (VSAT) services for vessels in its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers. …

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Politics bite back: Turkish space ambitions on hold after attempted coup

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Credits: Wikipedia.

The attempted coup by elements of the Turkish military on 15 July 2016 has more than just interrupted the daily rhythms of Turkish politics – it has completely upended the political order as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) consolidate power by ruthlessly pursuing their …

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Refugee camps at Syrian-Jordanian border have expanded rapidly, according to UN analysis of UrtheCast satellite imagery

Image of refugee camp at the Syrian-Jordanian border taken by UrtheCast's Deimos-2 remote sensing satellite. Credits: UrtheCast.

The Syrian Civil War continues unabated, as does its human suffering. Satellite technologies play an important role in monitoring the Syrian conflict and are used by humanitarian agencies to try and help those who are suffering the most. Theras Wood of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast provides an account of …

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President Rouhani names new members to Iran’s Supreme Council of Space

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed three new members to the Supreme Council of Space – the supreme space policy-making body in Iran – on 14 August 2016. The three individuals appointed to the Supreme Council of Space are Elham Aminzadeh, Mostafa Safavi-Homami and Hassan Shafti. Each appointment lasts for four …

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Yahlive extends partnership with BBC to broadcast across the Middle East and South West Asia


Yahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between the world leading satellite operator SES and UAE satellite company Yahsat, announced on 16 August 2016 that it has signed a contract renewal with the BBC World Service. As part of the ongoing agreement, the BBC will continue the broadcast of its …

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Gilat’s X-Architecture selected by Avanti for its EE Limited LTE network in UK

Photograph courtesy of Gilat.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., the Israeli provider of satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 8 August 2016 that Avanti Communications Group plc has selected Gilat’s one-platform multiple-application X-Architecture and its mobile-edge computing (MEC) enabled Capricorn very small aperture terminal (VSAT). The announcement relates to Avanti’s contract to supply …

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Yahsat and Panasonic Avionics make connectivity services agreement for Middle East mobility market

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO of Yahsat (left), and Paul Margis, President and CEO of Panasonic Avionics (right). Photograph courtesy of Yahsat.

  Panasonic Avionics and Yahsat announced on 10 August 2016 the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore new ways to offer a broadband connectivity solution serving several mobility markets in the Middle East within the next three to five years. In addition, while final terms are still …

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Thuraya to launch mobile satellite services in Vietnam

Thuraya's XT-Lite handset. Picture courtesy of Thuraya.

Leading mobile satellite services (MSS) operator Thuraya Telecommunications has signed an agreement with VNPT VinaPhone making its land and maritime handsets available to the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT). Thuraya’s first service agreement in Vietnam is helping VNPT VinaPhone establish satellite services, which was marked by a ceremony attended …

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