Com Dev International has been selected by the Public Works and Government Services of Canada to design and begin work on a satellite equipment that will be used for Cospas-Sarsat — a next generation global search and rescue system. The project will last for a period of 15 months and will take place at the company’s Cambridge and Ottawa facilities.
During the first phase of the Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) project, Com Dev will work on a repeater that Canada plans to launch into orbit as part of Cospas-Sarsat’s payload. The satellite deal, valued at $4.7 million, includes a $14 million option of continuing the development work to produce a fully-integrated prototype of the MEOSAR repeater for test and space qualification.
Once in its place, the repeater will be able to detect signals from emergency beacons and broadcast those signals to receiver stations on Earth.
“This project demonstrates Canada’s continued commitment to the global search and rescue system,” said Mike Pley, Com Dev CEO. “It is also an excellent example of how Canadian space technology can be harnessed for the benefit of all humanity.”
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Great news for Azerbaijan! The country has finally launched its very first telecommunications satellite — Azerspace-1/Africasat-1a — into space. The satellite was launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou in French Guiana.
The Azerspace-1/Africasat-1a telecommunications satellite will deliver satellite-aided communications service, and will also serve as a reliable satellite platform to its broadband, broadcasting and government clients.
In a statement to reporters, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the United States Elin Suleymanov said, “The launch of Azerbaijan’s first telecommunications satellite marks an important milestone in the successful partnership with U.S industry and the government of Azerbaijan.”
The satellite was designed, built and tested by Virginia-based technology company, Orbital Sciences Corporation, at an estimated cost of $120 million.
The systems of the satellite are designed to support digital broadcasting, Internet access, data transmission, and governmental communications. After its launch, Azerspace-1/Africasat-1a will undergo in-orbit testing before putting it into operation on an orbital path leased from Malaysia’s Measat Satellite Systems. The satellite is expected to have 15 years of life service.
Azerspace-1/Africasat-1a reportedly carries a total of 36 transponders that will deliver telecommunications services to the Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and North Africa.
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News channel Africa 24 has appointed Arabsat — a leading communications satellite operator in Arab countries — to extend its coverage and launch in French on ARABSAT’S Badr-4 satellite at 26 degrees East to enable them to cover the entire Middle East, North Africa and portions of Western Europe.
“We are very pleased with the new partnership with Africa 24 and deeply appreciate their confidence in ARABSAT satellites technical capabilities,” Arabsat President and CEO Khalid bin Ahmed said in a statement. “ We look forward to strengthening this partnership, and provide our full support to Africa 24 to develop and expand its broadcast and coverage, and we wish them best of luck.”
Echoing the sentiments of Mr. Ahmed, Africa 24 President and Founder Constant Nemale said, “With the exclusive launch of AFRICA-24, ARABSAT continues to offer the best African programming line-up in the Middle East and North Africa. AFRICA24 is completely aligned to ARABSAT Network’s continuing commitment to offer the most attractive African programming options to the diverse African communities at the best value.”
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