Rosetta, ESA’s historic mission, bids farewell after rendezvous with comet Chury

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko; Copyright: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Bern, 27 September 2016 – Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016. The University of Bern, which played an important role namely with on-board instruments such as Rosina, is organising a farewell event on Friday 30 September as …

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Türksat, Inmarsat join forces on SATCOM, technology transfer

Mr. Ahmet Arslan, Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs (left), and Communications, and Mr. Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat (right), in Ankara on 27 September 2016. Photograph courtesy of AA.

British satellite communications company Inmarsat and Turkey’s satellite operator Türksat have signed a partnership agreement to collaborate on satellite services, maritime communications, and in the defence and aerospace sectors, according to Turkish media outlets. Speaking to reporters in Ankara on 27 September 2016, the Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications …

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Thuraya lecture forms part of UAE space-based workforce development program

Amal Ezzeddine, Senior Director for Government and Corporate Affairs, lectures at Lockheed Martin's Center for Innovation and Security Solutions in Masdar City, United Arab Emirates. Photograph courtesy of Thuraya.

Leading UAE based mobile satellite service operator, Thuraya Telecommunications organized a lecture and workshop at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation and Security Solutions at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The event was held for participants of the recently launched Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program by the UAE Space Agency …

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SES unveils tactical surveillance and communications capability to address local and global security threats

SES' Tactical Persisten Surveillance Aerostat. Photograph courtesy of SES.

SES S.A. has introduced a fully integrated portable surveillance and communications solution designed to provide enhanced situational awareness for border security, special event monitoring and disaster response missions around the world. Tactical Persistent Surveillance (TPS), SES’s first Government+ product offering, is a highly portable solution capable of quick global deployment …

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Turkey claims it is ready to launch space agency, but seems no further than where it was five months ago

Ahmet Arslan, Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communication. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister, Ahmet Arslan, told Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak Online on 23 September 2016 that the government in Ankara is ready to establish the Turkish Space Agency once parliament has debated and approved the draft bill authorising its creation. Mr. Arslan said, “We continue …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Hussein Oteifa of SES

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SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam earlier this month. The second of these interviews is with Hussein Oteifa, Commercial General Manager for the Middle East at SES. SES is one of the most active satellite operators in the Middle East …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Bruno Dupas of Kratos

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SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam earlier this month. The first of these interviews is with Bruno Dupas, President of Kratos Integral Systems Europe. Tell us why the Middle East market is so important to Kratos? The Middle East is …

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Innovation in outer space, it’s not rocket science – Part 2: The case for Australian space

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Australia’s space industry needs to catch up with the rest of the world. Andrea Boyd, Flight Operations Engineer for the International Space Station in Germany, explained why at the recent GAP Summit in Part Two of her case for a more proactive Australian space policy and programme. Part One can be …

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German space initiative “Die Astronautin” takes off – getting Women into Space

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was seized upon by over  400 women when they were given the chance to become the first German female astronaut. On 14 September 2016, more then 70 of these were selected for the next stage of evaluation. Our colleagues at Sputnik news wrote about the inspiring event: The view of Earth from …

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Eutelsat unveils new SATCOM interference single-satellite geolocation solution

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Eutelsat Communications has validated the performance of a unique one-satellite geolocation solution that is now being deployed across its global monitoring network. The SIECAMS® ILS ONE service developed by Siemens Convergence Creators assists in the localisation of interference signals without the need for an adjacent satellite, thereby increasing Eutelsat’s ability …

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