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Africa Using Satellites For Banking
2013-06-20 12:14:14

ESA Satellites are making it possible to transfer money between remote locations in sub-Saharan African countries that are otherwise unconnected to the outside world. An ESA project looking at ways to use satellites for services in developing nations where land networks are simply impossible or non-existent gave rise to the Agency´s SatFinAfrica pilot project in 2011. It was so successful that a company called SatADSL was set up in Belgium early last year to provide satcom for...

2011-03-15 05:50:00

Luxembourg-based SES, one of the world's leading providers of satellite communication and transmission services, announced Monday that it had reached a deal with privately owned SpaceX for a launch sometime in 2013 using the US firm's Falcon 9 rocket. "The SES deal shows that even the most conservative commercial or government customers can have confidence flying their satellites on the Falcon 9 rocket," SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said in a statement on the company's website. SES,...

2010-12-15 11:07:00

NEWTOWN, Pa., Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) A2100 commercial communications satellite fleet has achieved a major milestone by accumulating 300 years of successful in-orbit operations. The A2100 satellite series, designed and manufactured at Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), currently consists of 37 commercial communication satellites featuring 1400 transponders with an accumulated lifetime of over 11,000 years of successful operations in...

2010-10-28 20:00:00

KOUROU, French Guiana, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The BSAT-3b broadcasting satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan, was successfully launched today from Kourou, French Guiana. Lift-off occurred at 5:51 p.m. EDT aboard an Ariane 5-ECA launch vehicle provided by Arianespace of Evry, France. Initial contact with the satellite was confirmed at 6:52 p.m. EDT from Lockheed Martin's satellite tracking station in...

2010-10-27 08:05:00

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- SES ASTRA, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), has announced that the German entertainment channel RTL2 will launch in high-definition (HD) quality on HD+ starting in early December. HD+ is SES ASTRA's technical platform for the transmission and reception of TV programmes in HD quality via satellite for the German market RTL2 HD is the seventh private free-TV-channel to launch on HD+. Other channels broadcasting via HD+...

2010-05-23 06:25:00

After three postponements, an Ariane rocket successfully launched two telecommunications satellites into space from the European Space Agency's launch center in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday, space officials said. The Ariane 5 rocket blasted off on the northeast coast of South America at 7:01 pm (2201 GMT) after being delayed three different times since March for a series of technical glitches. The Astra 3B satellite separated from the Ariane rocket twenty-seven minutes after lift-off....

2010-03-30 08:53:00

GERMANTOWN, Md., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the appointment of Robert O. Feierbach as vice president of sales and marketing, International Division. In this capacity, Feierbach will be responsible for sales of Hughes' market-leading broadband satellite products and systems, reporting directly to Bahram Pourmand, executive vice president, International. "I am very...

2009-07-31 00:18:00

PARIS, July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - Strong growth of all business applications: revenues up 7.2% to EUR940.5 million - EBITDA[1] margin of 78.9% maintained at the highest level of leading satellite operators - Sharp increase in Group share of net income: up 43.6% to EUR247.3 million - Proposed distribution to shareholders: EUR0.66 per share, representing a pay-out ratio of almost 59% - Strengthened financial structure: net debt...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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