Eutelsat seeks to provide communications satellite to Iran

Ambassador François Sénémaud, France's ambassador to Iran. Photograph courtesy of Quai d'Orsay.

The French ambassador to Iran, François Sénémaud, revealed that Paris-based commercial satellite communications company Eutelsat is seeking to provide a communications satellite to Iran. The ambassador’s remarks were made during a meeting with Iranian minister for Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi in Tehran on Saturday, 22 October 2016. “The …

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Interview: Initiating a New Space Age with TeamIndus

The Team Indus ECA moon rover. Photograph courtesy of Team Indus.

The U.S.$30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at …

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“Hello?…It’s me. I’m ok.” – a refugee story

Restoring family links, Idomeni Camp - Credits: TSF

With the tragedy of refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq and beyond continuing unabated, SpaceWatch Middle East contributing editor Helen Jameson writes about how satellites can, in a small way, ease the plight of those fleeing the most awful violence and desperate conditions. When did you last use your phone? Five minutes ago? An hour …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Mahdi Mehrabi of North Telecom


SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam in September. This interview is with Mahdi Mehrabi, Chief Technical Officer and Managing Director Asia of North Telecom. North Telecom is a big player in the satellite communications sector in the ME region, a very …

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London conference to define space trends of the next decade


Next week, the British Interplanetary Society will once again host the 14th iteration of the Reinventing Space conference and exhibition. The event will bring together industry, agencies, governments, financiers, academia and end users to discuss the trends that will define space enterprise a decade from now. Running from 24 – …

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Thuraya, Ooredoo Maldives sign deal to provide satellite connectivity to fisheries

A Maldivian fisherman. Photograph courtesy of Ali Nishan/Flickr.

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator and Ooredoo Maldives announced on 19 October 2016 an agreement to supply resorts and fisheries with mobile satellite products and services across the nation. The initial phase of the agreement will provision fisheries and anglers with voice products and broadband …

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Gilat First to Market with a Complete VSAT-in-a-Box for High-Speed Consumer Broadband

Photograph courtesy of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today the launch of its innovative Scorpio Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)-in-a-box for high-speed consumer broadband. This latest addition to Gilat’s SkyEdge II-c family of VSATs lowers the cost barrier of delivering broadband services via …

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South Korea is considering leasing an Israeli reconnaissance satellite

The Ofek-11 reconnaissance satellite being launched by a Shavit space launch vehicle from Palmachim Air Base in Israel on 13 September 2016. Photograph courtesy of the Israeli Ministry of Defence.

The South Korean military is considering leasing an Israeli Ofek reconnaissance satellite, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. With tensions between Seoul and North Korea increasing in recent months, South Korea’s military urgently requires a satellite reconnaissance capability that can provides its political and military leadership with enhanced strategic …

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Turkey and Russia talk space launch, human spaceflight cooperation

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a news conference in Istanbul on 10 October 2016. Photograph courtesy of AP.

During a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Istanbul, Turkey on 10 October 2016, Turkey and Russia held a meeting on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress. This was the first visit to Turkey by President Putin since Turkey shot down a Russian Air Force jet near the …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Khalid Balkheyour of Arabsat


SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam in September. This interview is with Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat. Arabsat is one of the many satellite operators in the ME region, a very contested market. What is your current growth strategy for the region and …

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