China’s Xinwei buys Israel’s Spacecom for $190 million

The Amos-6 payload pictured on top of the Space-X Falcon-9 space launch vehicle prior to the 1 September 2016 accident. Photograph courtesy of SpaceX.

Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group will buy Israeli satellite communications company, Spacecom, for U.S.$190 million, according to Israeli press reports. Beijing Xinwei Technology Group was originally going to pay U.S.$285 million for Spacecom, contingent upon the successful launch of Spacecom’s Amos-6 communications satellite. The Amos-6 communications satellite was …

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The Dubai Declaration on Outer Space

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Earlier this week, SpaceWatch Middle East published an Op-Ed by Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive-Director of Secure World Foundation, who wrote about the significance of the Dubai Declaration released in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 24 November 2016. Today, SpaceWatch Middle East publishes the Dubai Declaration in its entirety. Adopted at the first High …

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Day 04 – #SpaceWatchME helps – Donation Campaign

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Refugee Crisis – Lesbos – 2015 A deserted lifeboat used by refugees to make the crossing to Lesbos. Credits: Disaster Tech Lab From December 1st, SpaceWatch Middle East and its partners PTScientists, neuco, NewSpace People will run a Christmas Donation Campaign 2016. We will donate 100% of the raised money …

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Day 03 – #SpaceWatchME helps – Donation Campaign

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Turkey – 2015 TSF provided mLearning tools for Syrian refugee children in Turkey. Specially selected applications and teacher-guided sessions allowed Syrian children to pursue their education and gain invaluable knowledge in a world that suffers from the risk of a lost generation. Credits: Télécoms Sans Frontières From December 1st, SpaceWatch …

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SSPI Prepares for Annual Awards Dinner

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The Better Satellite World Awards Dinner will take place on Monday, 5 December 2016 at One Whitehall Place in London, originally the official residences of the kings of Scotland when residing in England, and now a 5 star hotel. It is an intimate evening for networking and celebration in the beating …

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Yahsat Signs New Service Partnership with Teknomobil

Senior executives from Yahsat and Teknomobil in Istanbul, Turkey, on 28 November 2016. Photograph courtesy of Yahsat.

Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, announced on 28 November 2016 that it has signed an agreement with a local service partner, Teknomobil Inc, to distribute its satellite broadband service, YahClick, to users across Turkey. Farhad Khan, Chief Commercial Officer, Yahsat said, “Historically, Turkey has been a significant market for satellite …

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Day 02 – #SpaceWatchME helps – Donation Campaign

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The Balkans and Greece – 2015/2016 Faced with the European Migrant Crisis, TSF set up internet for migrants allowing them to make the most of the vital tool for survival that is their mobile phone. From September 2015 through to June 2016, TSF provided 7 satellite internet connections across the …

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LeoSat and Globalsat Group Sign Strategic Worldwide Agreement

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Advanced service for secure data communications will be available through experienced satellite solutions consortium. LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites, has entered into a strategic agreement with the Globalsat Group, the leading Pan-American satellite services provider, to market the fastest, most secure …

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Satellite communications for those in greatest need – a message from the Publisher of SpaceWatch Middle East

Helping refugees; Credits: Disaster Tech Lab

Anyone watching the news over the past few years cannot help but be moved by the desperate plight of millions of people – including many vulnerable children – fleeing to Europe from war and poverty in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. Many do not even make it to the European …

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