USOs - key to the digital divide

04 October 2021

GVF’s most recent geographical focus on Asia came with SatelliteAsia 2021, an anchor event of what is now called AsiaTechX 2021 (formerly known as ConnecTechAsia). GVF provided virtual conference content in the form of a short series of webinars exploring three important current themes, as listed below. 

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SpaceX to launch Yahsat’s Thuraya 4-NGS satellite

04 October 2021

 

Yahsat has selected SpaceX to launch its next-generation Thuraya mobile connectivity satellite in 2023, replacing the existing two Boeing-built Thuraya satellites that provide L-band mobile voice and data services from Europe to Asia Pacific.

A Falcon 9 will launch the Thuraya 4-NGS satellite, being built by Airbus Defence and Space for UAE-based Yahsat, in the second half of 2023.

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Malaysia’s Measat de-orbits MEASAT-3 satellite after anomaly

04 October 2021

Malaysian communications satellite operator Measat is retiring and de-orbiting one of its communication and broadcast satellites after an anomaly first detected in June could not be rectified.

The Boeing-made MEASAT-3 Geostationary satellite will be retired and a replacement will be launched in 2022. Services will be moved to other satellites in the region operated by both Measat and other companies, the operator said.

Measat first detected an anomaly June 21 that caused the satellite to drift out of position. The operator later said the problem was resolved and the satellite was back under control on June 24. However, it shortly followed up saying “intermittent service degradation” meant further satellite and signal stabilisation processes were required.

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26 August 2021

Martin Jarrold, chief of internationalprogramme development, GVF

Martin Jarrold, chief of international programme development, GVF

Pandemic… It is with us still, affecting everyday activities, impacting everyday decisions, circumscribing the scope of our endeavours. It has changed us; what we choose to do, what we can do, and what we are permitted to do.

Like many people since March last year, I have been doing a lot of work-related “Zooming”. Virtual space has replaced aerospace and I have come to appreciate that webinars do have certain advantages. Of course, whilst there is something of an urge to return to real events, and to having human interaction with satellite industry colleagues and partners again, this will not be a return to “normal”. We cannot yet grasp what the climb out of successive lockdowns might be like; the progress of global vaccines distribution and availability is far from equitable; and, the world won’t be “normal”.

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