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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Matthew Cosby joins the Goonhilly board of directors


Renowned teleport operator Goonhilly Earth Station, has announced that it will welcome Matthew Cosby to its executive management board in the role of Director of Space Engineering. Goonhilly serves satellite operators, commercial satellite services, space agencies, and research organizations in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and …

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U.S. military missile warning satellite valuable asset in fight with Daesh

The U.S. Air Force's Space-based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite constellation. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

The Space-based Infrared System (SBIRS) is a U.S. military satellite system one would not normally associate with the fight against Daesh. Designed to warn of ballistic missile launches, the sophisticated and mostly classified satellite system is now proving to be a valuable intelligence asset in crushing Daesh on the battlefield. …

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SpaceWatch Middle East is invited to “A GoodFestival” in Lausanne


The GoodFestival will take place between 25 – 29 October 2016 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The goal of the Festival is to foster projects for sustainability that are compliant with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Eight of these goals were defined as categories of the …

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