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satellites: Latest News
Staff, 9:51 pm
Morocco launched its first observation satellite in a move aimed at boosting intelligence-gathering capabilities.The Mohammed VI-A satellite launched from Kourou in French Guinea on a Vega rocket built by Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space. The satellite can be used for civilian and security purposes, mapping and surveillance of borders and coastline. Rabat is expected to launch another in 2018.Morocco is the third African country to launch a satellite after Egypt and South Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 7:45 pm
Delta Airlines this week completed the roll-out of Wi-Fi on its international fleet, equipping its last remaining Boeing 777 – one of several serving Africa – with on-demand Wi-Fi throughout the aircraft. In-flight Wi-Fi may sound like a great way to stay in touch with family and friends or catch up on work, but generally, services have been slow. Satellite-based systems can provide coverage over oceans where air-to-ground falls short. Competition is growing among new satellite-based Wi-Fi companies, with added satellite capacity driving prices down.
Dana Sanchez, 11:41 am
There has been criticism over funding African countries that are launching astronauts into space when two thirds of Africans live on less than $2 a day. African countries expanding their space programs include Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Gabon and South Africa. Poor countries want space programs more than rich ones do. “People strive to accomplish such things for reasons that are intuitive and compelling (but) not necessarily logical,” the Smithsonian reported.
Dana Sanchez, 8:25 pm
Several African countries have their sights set on space and want to tap in and harness the potential of space technology. Nigeria has launched five satellites since 2003 — some still useful and in orbit. Ghana and Kenya launched space exploration initiatives in 2012. South Africa is spearheading space technology with the Square Kilometer Array, a $2 billion radio telescope said to be the world’s largest. Nigeria wants to launch the first-ever manned mission into outer space by an African country as early as 2030.
Julia Austin, 7:00 am AFKI Original
Facebook has gone the distance to promote itself in Africa. How far? To infinity and beyond. Well, maybe that’s overstating it, but it works through satellites in space beaming the Internet down on sub-Sahara. To combat the issue of expensive data on mobile phones in Africa, Facebook is offering Internet.org, a system that gives mobile Facebook users free airtime, specifically while on the social media site. Here’s how badly Facebook wants to be in Africa.
Staff, 1:20 pm
Satellite imagery is getting cheaper and is being used increasingly to fact check claims that otherwise would be difficult to verify, IRIN reports. This was true in the destruction of the Northeastern Nigerian town of Baga and nearby villages earlier this month. Satellites provided graphic evidence of the extent of the crimes by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:08 am
Africa’s demand for bandwidth is doubling every year, outpacing the laying of terrestrial telecom fiber links and encouraging commercial satellite operators to launch more units into orbit. The arrival of submarine cables on Africa’s eastern shore just five years ago was largely expected to herald the end of satellite connections, which had been the region’s only link to the outside world for decades.
Andrew Friedman, 2:04 am AFKI Original
The World Bank’s announcement that it will launch a $1-billion initiative to map the resources in the ground across Africa has generated excitement and concern. Some think it’s nothing more than a surveillance program.
Dana Sanchez, 11:05 am
The O3b satellites could take a country like the Democratic Republic of Congo from being one of the most poorly-connected on Earth to one of the best, a report said.
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