Testing Galileo

Each Galileo satellite must go through a rigorous test campaign to assure its readiness for the violence of launch, airlessness and temperature extremes of Earth orbit.

Each one is despatched to a unique location in Europe to ensure its readiness prior to launch: a 3000 sq m cleanroom complex nestled in sandy dunes along the Dutch coast, filled with test equipment to simulate all aspects of spaceflight.

The test centre in Noordwijk – Europe’s largest satellite test site – is part of ESA’s main technical centre, but it is maintained and operated on a commercial basis on behalf of the Agency by a private company created for the purpose: European Test Services (ETS) B.V. Read more

How each Galileo satellite is tested ahead of launch

How each Galileo satellite is tested ahead of launch

Galileo in Maxwell chamber

31 July 2017

Each Galileo satellite must go through a rigorous test campaign to assure its readiness for the violence of launch, airlessness and temperature extremes of Earth orbit.

Each one is despatched to a unique location in Europe to ensure its readiness prior to launch: a 3000 sq m cleanroom complex nestled in sandy dunes along the Dutch coast, filled with test equipment to simulate all aspects of spaceflight.

The test centre in Noordwijk – Europe’s largest satellite test site – is part of ESA’s main technical centre, but it is maintained and operated on a commercial basis on behalf of the Agency by a private company created for the purpose: European Test Services (ETS) B.V.

“Our company was founded 2000 as a joint venture between two of Europe’s leading satellite environmental test companies, Intespace in France and IABG in Germany,” explains Pierre Destaing, ETS test programme support manager for Galileo. 

Aerial view of ESA’s technical centre

“That business setup is a source of flexibility: there are 30–35 people working here throughout the year, but if extra specialists are needed for a given campaign we can call on our parent companies.”

ETS has been responsible for supporting many historic test campaigns – including space-certifying Europe’s 20-tonne ATV space truck and Envisat, the world’s largest civilian Earth-observing mission. But in terms of scale alone, its work with Galileo is the company’s greatest challenge.

ETS is about to complete its contracts with OHB System AG, covering the environmental test of 22 ‘Full Operational Capability’ Galileo satellites, preceded by the testing of the very first of the first–generation ‘In-Orbit Validation’ Galileo satellites on a previous, separate contract. 

Galileo arrival

The pressure has been steady to ensure satellites are available in time to meet Galileo’s launch schedule.

“Traffic management is a big part of the job – it’s like a game of Tetris.” Pierre comments. “We have a steady stream of Galileo satellites to accommodate, along with other missions such as the BepiColombo Mercury orbiter, Solar Orbiter, the Cheops exoplanet detector and currently the latest MetOp weather satellite, with a fixed set of test facilities.

“The biggest challenge is definitely ensuring that every project can have the access to the facility they need at the right time, which demands complicated logistics and security adherence.”

Moving Galileo

Task list for testing

ETS has built up to a steady rhythm with the OHB System team, typically accommodating multiple satellites in storage on site, at the same time as others undergo further active testing.

“When each new satellite arrives, it is first unpacked within the carefully filtered and air conditioned Test Centre environment,” explains Pierre.

Galileo beside Phenix chamber

“Its next stop is the Phenix thermal vacuum chamber within which the satellite undergoes ‘bake out’ – heated up to ensure a suitably pristine vacuum ahead of the turning on of sensitive instruments.

“This is followed by a prolonged, fortnight-long ‘hot and cold soak’ in vacuum to prove the spacecraft performance and workmanship. Next is radio-frequency testing in the Maxwell chamber – shielded against all external radio signals and coated in radio-absorbing foam, to simulate the infinite surroundings of space – to assess the performance of the satellite antennas as well as their compatibility with onboard systems.”

Also on the task list are mechanical properties measurements – pinpointing each individual satellite’s precise centre of mass and gravity. This is a requirement for compatibility with Galileo’s two types of launch vehicle types – Soyuz and Ariane 5 – as well as helping with controlling their orientation in a fuel-efficient way, elongating their working lifetimes in orbit. 

Side view of deployed Galileo solar wing

And each satellite also needs to be plugged into the larger Galileo system for testing, to check its end-to-end compatibility as if already serving in space.

Each Galileo has its dedicated solar wings mounted – they come from Airbus Defence and Space in nearby Leiden – for performance testing. They are then brought into launch configuration, making the satellite ready for acoustic testing in the Large European Acoustic Facility where it is blasted with the equivalent noise of the various types of rocket at take-off.

“After further performance tests by OHB, the satellite is at its final stages of verification before shipment to Kourou: the alignment of its antennas and thrusters. Then the propulsion system is filled with neutral gas to check for any leaks – preparing for the actual fuelling of the satellite with hydrazine at the launch site.”

Galileo in acoustic test chamber

Ahead of the majority of tests, ETS works closely with the OHB  environmental test team to supply them with supporting information such as thermal and accelerometer data monitoring (typically adding up to dozens of different channels) as well as radio-frequency measurements: “It is ETS’ job to ensure that our customer, OHB , receives all the data they need from our infrastructure, operated in a suitably secure and clean mode.”

The company also needs to anticipate the sometimes formidable logistical needs of each test campaign – thermal vacuum testing for instance requires two liquid nitrogen trucks daily to top up on-site supplies, requiring 50 000 litres of superchilled nitrogen per day of each 14-day test.

Their future link with Galileo is not yet assured; ETS will put in a bid to test Europe’s next set of Galileo satellites – ‘Batch 3’ – for OHB along with other European competitors. 

Checking alignment

OHB Galileo Environmental test campaign Manager Stephen Bury comments, “OHB and ETS have had a long and successful collaborative relationship during Galileo testing, completing 20 out of the 22 satellites at Noordwijk to date, with the final two progressing well. 

“All OHB and ETS employees are proud of their role in readying the current constellation for space, and we look forward to possibly returning to work with ETS in the future, for the next set of Galileo satellites awarded to OHB in Batch 3.”

Pierre concludes: “There’s something very special about working directly with the satellites, ahead of their trip to orbit.”

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What next after the WannaCry and NotPetya cyber-attacks?

Sorry but I don’t have a crystal ball, although I know I will be pretty safe in predicting that we will see more major cyber security attacks announced across the globe before too long. Pretty much all of the cybersecurity professionals attending this year’s Blackhat conference also agree, with most expecting a cybersecurity breach of their own company in the next 12 months. Review the survey results here.

The Maritime industry has had a significant reaction to Maersk APM Terminals suffering a major ransomware code-based attack. Many companies are no doubt saying that if this could happen to Maersk, a company with experienced cyber security managers at their disposal, then what could happen to their own systems?

Several journalists have described the world-wide attacks in some detail, but it is worth revisiting this in the context of our industry. Malicious software often spreads by email but it is the exploit of software weaknesses in PC network connections that is making these attacks particularly dramatic.  The emerging story of NotPetya shows even more engineering – suggesting that the initial infection came through a false tax software update introduced via the Ukrainian software company M.E. Doc. This not only explains the pattern of infection and why particular companies were impacted, but also suggests some targeting, at least before a wider infection.

The company challenge

Although they had differences in how they worked, both of the recent high profile spreading attacks have been exercising and improving cyber security response. The lessons many have learnt are:

  1. Have a good inventory of systems – or the ability to discover all relevant systems quickly. Many companies struggle with keeping an up to date inventory, so we saw a lot of rushing around. Hopefully the business case for keeping up to date system status information can now be made. The next widespread attack will have exploited different weaknesses.
  2. Have good cybersecurity intelligence – each of the attacks followed the usual pattern of confused stories about how they operated and spread. The most successful responders were connected into well informed alert communities.
  3. Have mature vulnerability management – requiring software to be updated with security patches and/or service and communications to be blocked. To resist the WannaCry attack launched in May, systems would have needed to have been maintained with a Microsoft update released two months before.

OT and the supply chain challenge

The steps outlined above should be very much a case of ‘doing the basics’ for office IT systems but is far less straightforward for embedded operational technologies (OT) as found in industrial systems and also ships. Opportunities to patch systems safely are less frequent, and patches usually require certification by control system manufacturers. Reliance on older technologies is also a common characteristic of OT systems, for example, Windows XP did not even have a patch available until after WannaCry had struck.

The lesson learnt here is the key role played by systems manufacturers. Like the energy companies before them, several shipping operators will have been asking questions to find that not all systems manufacturers are as responsive to cybersecurity concerns as others. And if you haven’t yet established those supply chain cybersecurity relationships then now is the time to do so.

The opportunity to be proactive

The weaknesses in question were publicised in April and May of this year by the hacker group ‘Shadow Brokers’, allegedly leaked from a list held by the US National Security Agency. The two weaknesses we have heard about were not the only ones on that list, and there are a good number that accompany them.

Some companies, such as banks, are carrying out line by line review of the leaks to try and anticipate what other attacks may surface. This is something we should take an interest in and could be a very useful proactive activity for ship systems manufacturers. There is no guarantee that the next attacks will use the tools on the list, but pre-warned is pre-armed and so the more we understand about the potential vulnerabilities to our systems the better prepared we can be to deal with them.

I can see that the cybersecurity experiences from other industries can provide insights for the maritime industry. I am starting to collect these together so that I can share them after the summer.

Professor Paul Dorey will be presenting at the ‘Dispelling the myth – the reality of cyber security in the shipping industry’ Inmarsat event as part of London International Shipping Week 2017 on Wednesday 13 September 2017. The event is free to attend, to register your interested in attending click here


About the author

Professor Paul Dorey Ph.D. CISM F.Inst.ISP, Director, CSO Confidential & Visiting Professor in Information Security, Royal Holloway, University of London, has over 30 years’ management experience in information security and established one of the first dedicated operational risk management functions in Europe.

At BP he built and managed Information security, BCP, Privacy and Information Management Standards & Services globally across the corporation, including the digital security of process control systems. Prior to BP, he set up and ran global strategy, security and risk management functions at Morgan Grenfell/Deutsche Bank and Barclays Bank. He has received several awards including Chief Security Officer of the Year, IT Security Executive of the Year, and IT Security Hall of Fame.

Paul consults to companies and governments and for several years sat on the Permanent Stakeholders Group of the European Network Information Security Agency (ENISA). He was Chairman of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) and is now Chairman Emeritus. He was appointed to be a Fellow of the Institute in March 2015. He was recently appointed as Chairman of The Internet of Things Security Foundation.

Cobham apprentices put Upton Country Park in the frame

To celebrate the opening of 6 hectares of additional parkland at Upton Country Park, Cobham apprentices have designed & created an outdoor ‘picture frame.’ This frame beautifully captures the natural landscape and the views over Poole Harbour.

Located along the shoreline of Holes Bay the new public open space offers stunning views and provides a unique new parkland for residents, visitors and wildlife to enjoy. New pathways have been designed on higher ground to safeguard against predicted future flooding and lessen intrusion on the wetlands which provide shelter, habitat and food for internationally protected wading birds. It also includes meadows, wildlife watching areas, a place for families to access and enjoy the water and improved cycle links to Poole and Hamworthy.

Watch how our apprentices brought this project to life in a video filmed and edited by them! 

To celebrate the opening, Bournemouth and Poole College students undertaking apprenticeships at Cobham plc, have fundraised, designed & created an outdoor ‘picture frame.’ This frame beautifully captures the natural landscape and the views over Poole Harbour.

Gerry Bishop, from Cobham plc said “Our Apprentices got involved in the project and were immediately aware of just how important the project was for the local environment, wildlife and also the local community and keen to make a positive impact.”

Shane Munford, from Bournemouth and Poole College commented, “It is a real pleasure to see the Cobham apprentices develop in the first year of their apprenticeship programme, a key part of this development is the enrichment aspect, when the students are taking ownership of a project to enhance a range of skills from business planning through to the manufacture of an idea.”

Councillor John Rampton, Environmental Services Portfolio Holder, Borough of Poole, says “I would like to thank all the apprentices for their hard work, dedication, and wonderful ideas, and for creating such a wonderful feature for Upton Country Park.”

The new parkland has been designated as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and provides a wonderful alternative to using Upton Heath, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Increased footfall at Upton Heath and other important protected heathland sites can have an impact on the fragile local habitat and species that live there.

The expansion work has been funded by £250,000 of developer contributions from local building projects which have been set a side for heathland mitigation.

The unveiling of the picture frame and opening of the expanded parkland will take place on 19 July 2017, as part of Love Parks Week.

About Cobham

The most important thing we build is trust.

Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems in commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.

The challenging and rewarding roles we offer, across a wide range of disciplines, are what make Cobham a true global technology and services leader. To view our current roles visit www.cobham.com/careers.

Vita infographics

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli is on his third visit to the International Space Station, a five-month mission called Vita.

Vita stands for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability and was chosen by Italy’s ASI space agency, which is providing the mission through a barter agreement with NASA.

In Italian, “vita” means “life”, reflecting the experiments that Paolo will run and the philosophical notion of living in outer space – one of the most inhospitable places for humans.

View all the Vita infographics

Follow Paolo Nespoli and his mission via paolonespoli.esa.int.

KVH Celebrates Superyachts in Newport for Candy Store Cup Regatta

07.26.17

The company’s Superyacht Group is a supporting partner of the event, which takes place near KVH’s global headquarters

KVH is pleased to announce that its Superyacht Group is a supporting partner of the 2017 Candy Store Cup Superyacht Edition, a regatta that will feature world-class sailing yachts racing off Newport, Rhode Island, July 27-29. Organized and hosted by Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf, the event includes daily racing by such superyachts as Zenji, a 56-meter Perini Navi ketch; Meteor, a 52-meter Royal Huisman schooner; Ranger, a 42-meter J Class sloop originally designed in the 1930s; Audrey II, a 27-meter Jongert ketch; and Freya, a 27-meter Nautor’s Swan sloop.

“The superyacht market is an exciting area of the marine industry right now, with demand growing for these stunning yachts worldwide,” notes Darryl Matfin, sales manager for KVH’s Superyacht Group. “It is an honor to be part of this regatta and see nearly a dozen superyachts racing off Newport, which has such a legendary sailing history.”

KVH’s world headquarters is located in Middletown, Rhode Island, just a few miles from the Candy Store Cup’s base at Newport Shipyard, in the heart of Newport. The company’s history is tied to prestigious yachting events in Newport, dating back to 1982 when KVH developed electronics for America’s Cup yachts.

Today, the company is known for its end-to-end marine solutions encompassing onboard high-speed Internet, high-definition satellite television, content delivery, and technical support—all from one provider. KVH’s products and services include: advanced TracPhone® VIP-series satellite communications antenna systems; award-winning TracVision® TV- and HD-series satellite television antenna systems; mini-VSAT Broadbandsm global connectivity; and IP-MobileCast™ content delivery services for chart and weather data and a unique combination of daily news and entertainment content.

“We are committed to ensuring that the superyacht experience is enhanced by our services, whether it’s a CEO who needs to conduct a business meeting from the yacht, or a captain who needs chart updates for the next voyage,” says Matfin. “We care about every customer, and our 24/7 global concierge approach means we are always on call to deliver exceptional service.”

Note to Editors:  For more information about KVH’s mobile connectivity solutions for yachts, please visit the mini-VSAT Broadband website, minivsat.com/vipyachts. For news updates, please follow KVH on LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 200,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure. Videotel, a KVH company, is a market-leading provider of training films, computer-based training and eLearning. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Covering New Ground with Thuraya IP M2M

When there’s a need for innovation, Thuraya always rises to the challenge to meet it. A case in point – the recent launch of Thuraya IP M2M!

Our latest service is a robust M2M solution, designed to meet the market demand for IoT connectivity in remote locations that lie beyond-line-of-sight and outside the range of terrestrial networks. IP M2M supports high volume, high throughput machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and provides reliable, cost-friendly connectivity for operations that depend on the measurement and collection of large data amounts from inaccessible points and industrial zones.

As the service enables easy remote monitoring access, it lends exciting new possibilities to a number of sectors including oil and gas, utilities, government, banking, and renewable energy.

Here are a few IP M2M features that end-users can benefit from:

Easy Set Up
The service installation is relatively simple, given its high-end capabilities: IP M2M consists of a Thuraya IP+ terminal managed from the backend by a top-class Remote Terminal Management (RTM) platform, and is powered by Thuraya’s IP network with data speeds of up to 444 Kbps.

User Control Flexibility
The platform enables service optimization with an array of device and connectivity management features, including usage monitoring, connection control, firewall management, geo-fencing, usage traffic graphs and charts. Operators can view a terminal’s position, signal strength and current status, and can also reboot and configure the system remotely.

Diverse Applications, Multiple Industries
With IP M2M, Thuraya can deliver an extended range of solutions, including video- and image capturing for surveillance and security; real-time applications for oil and gas, smart-grid Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) recloser connectivity, environmental and water monitoring, and wind and solar farm monitoring.

Increasing Green Energy Efficiency
Specifically designed for swift connectivity between remote equipment, IP M2M accelerates the efficiency of operations in renewable energy production. The service empowers users with a smarter understanding of how appliances are working, enabling them to make faster decisions to boost the capacity of clean energy harvesting technology.

Enhances Future Possibilities
Thuraya’s new IP M2M service is our gateway into new market segments and enables us to further enhance our recent solutions for rural IoT, smart agriculture, smart metering, and cargo and shipping. To quote our CEO, Ahmed Ali Al Shamsi, “The Thuraya IP M2M service is one of the key components of our exciting FUTURA capability plans, and positions us well to effectively address the market requirements.”

Get more information on IP M2M here. | Learn more about Thuraya’s M2M technologies here.

To request a demo or find out how IP M2M can be useful for you, contact:

Thuraya Customer Care
From Thuraya network: 100
From other networks: +88216 100 100
Fax: +971 6 8828444
Email: customer.care@thuraya.com

توقيع مذكرة تفاهم بين الثريا وهواوي في معرض إنتربول 2017

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة،19 يوليو 2017: وقعت شركة الثريا للاتصالات مذكرة تفاهم مع شركة هواوي في معرض إنتربول وورلد 2017، الذي انعقد في الفترة من 4 إلى 7 يوليو في سنغافورة. وشكل هذا الحدث العالمي منصة مناسبة لعرض العديد من المبادرات في مجال السلامة العامة من قبل منظمات وشركات مختلفة.

تدمج شراكة الثريا مع هواوي على وجه التحديد قدرات مبتكرة لحلول إدارة الأزمات والكوارث. وبفضل خبرتها التي تزيد عن 20 عاما في مجال الاتصالات في الحالات الطارئة وإدارة الكوارث، تعد الثريا شريكا موثوقا به لتطوير تطبيقات تساعد على النشر السريع لأجهزة الاتصالات خلال الأزمات عبر ربطها بالأقمار الصناعية. وتقدم أنظمة الشركة الساتلية من محطات بيانية عريضة النطاق وأجهزة التواصل الآلي الذكي M2M والهواتف الساتلية ومحولات سات سليف وغيرها من الحلول المتكاملة المصممة للاتصالات الحرجة لفرق الاستجابة الأولية ومنظمات الإغاثة خيارات اتصال قوية في خضم الكوارث. ويمنح “التقارب” بين خدمات الاتصالات الأرضية جي اس ام والاتصالات الساتلية المستخدمين المرونة اللازمة لمراقبة الاتصالات والتكاليف ذات الصلة في مناطق الأزمات.

وتمكن الثريا التنسيق السريع والمأمون لجهود الحكومات المدنية في حالات المهام الحرجة عن طريق تقديم الدعم لفرق البحث والإغاثة حيث تسمح لهم خدمات الشركة بتبادل الاتصالات الصوتية والفيديو والبيانات بشكل حيوي في الوقت الحقيقي لتبقي مراكز القيادة المتفرقة وصناع القرار والموظفين في الميدان على اتصال دائم. ويعزز إطلاق خدمات ثريا إيرو لقطاع الطيران مؤخرا لهذه القدرات من خلال تقديم اتصالات ساتلية ثابتة ومستمرة دون انقطاع بين الأجهزة الحكومية وفرق الإغاثة الجوية.

أشاد السيد جاسم ناصر، الرئيس التنفيذي للاستراتيجية في شركة الثريا بالإتفاقية قائلاً: “تعد هذه الشراكة فرصة رائعة لتطوير حلول مرنة من أجل جهود البحث والإنقاذ التعاونية بشكل أسرع وأكثر موثوقية.” وأضاف “لقد عملنا مع الحكومات والفرق الطبية والمنظمات غير الحكومية في جميع أنحاء العالم لتدريب العاملين في مجال الإغاثة ونشر نظم الاتصالات بشكل فعال في أوقات الأزمات. إن التزامنا بميثاق الاتصال في الأزمات مع جمعية مشغلي الأقمار الصناعية في أوروبا والشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا (ESOA)، والمنتدى العالمي للمحطات الطرفية (GVF)، ومكتب الأمم المتحدة لتنسيق الشؤون الإنسانية (UN OCHA)، ومجموعة الاتصالات في حالات الطوارئ يمكن فرق الاستجابة من الوصول السريع والسهل إلى الاتصالات الساتلية في مناطق الكوارث. وفي السنوات الأخيرة، كان الربط بين شبكات الثريا وحلولنا المتنقلة القابلة للنشر السريع أمرا حاسما في العمل الإنساني العاجل، بالإضافة إلى المراقبة الموسعة لمناطق الأزمات. فقد كان لخدماتنا دوراً رئيسياً خلال البحث الوطني الأندونيسي عن رحلة طيران آسيا كيو زي 8501، والزلازل في كل من اليابان ونيبال ومحاربة تفشي فيروس إيبولا في غرب أفريقيا. ونحن نواصل التعاون مع مختلف الجهود التي تبذلها المنظمات الحكومية وغير الحكومية بشأن مهام السلامة والبحث والإنقاذ “.

وفي تعليقه على التعاون مع الثريا، أفاد السيد روي تشن، نائب رئيس قطاع المرافق العامة والحكومية في هواوي انتربرايز بزنس جروب: “إنه لمن دواعي سرور هواوي أن تبرم شراكة مع الثريا للابتكار في مجال إدارة الأزمات والكوارث. ومن خلال الاستفادة من حلولها الرائدة في مجال تكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات والنظام البيئي المتنامي للسلامة العامة التعاونية، تهدف هواوي والثريا إلى تحسين القدرات العملية لإدارات الطوارئ الحكومية، معتمدة على شبكة الثريا الساتلية المتقدمة، حيث أن ضمان عدم انقطاع خدمة الاتصالات، يحسن من فرص حماية الأرواح البشرية والممتلكات من الكوارث ويساعد الأفراد على اتخاذ إجراءات وقائية “.

Thuraya Signs MoU with Huawei at INTERPOL 2017

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 July 2017: Thuraya Telecommunications Company signed a MoU with Huawei at the INTERPOL WORLD 2017 exhibition, held from July 4-7 in Singapore. This important global event was an occasion to showcase several initiatives in public safety by different organizations.


Thuraya signs MoU with Huawei

Thuraya’s partnership with Huawei specifically merges innovative capabilities for crisis and disaster management solutions. With over 20 years of experience in relief communications, critical communications and disaster management, Thuraya is a trusted partner in advancing applications for widespread deployment in emergency situations via satellite connectivity. The company’s satellite broadband and M2M terminals, satellite phones, SatSleeve adaptors and other integrated solutions designed for critical communications give first responders and relief organizations robust connectivity options in the midst of disasters. The ‘convergence’ of satellite and terrestrial GSM services gives users the much-needed flexibility to control communications and related costs in disaster regions.

Thuraya further enables the swift and secure coordination of civilian government efforts in mission-critical situations by supporting ISR and SAR teams with vital, real-time voice, video and data exchange between dispersed command centers, decision-makers and personnel in the field. The recent launch of Thuraya Aero enhances these capabilities by delivering constant, uninterrupted airborne satellite communication to government and relief aviation operations. Solar-powered voice, fax, internet and SMS services can also be set up via Thuraya’s network to help affected communities stay connected with the rest of the world.

“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to develop agile solutions for faster, more reliable collaborative search and rescue efforts,” said Jassem Nasser, Chief Strategy Officer at Thuraya. “We have worked with governments, medical teams and NGOs worldwide to train aid workers and deploy communication systems effectively during times of crisis. Our commitment to the Crisis Connectivity Charter with ESOA (EMEA Satellite Operator’s Association), GVF (Global VSAT Forum), UN OCHA and the Emergency Communications Cluster enables response teams with quick and smooth access to satellite-based communications in disaster regions. In recent years especially, Thuraya’s network connectivity and our rapidly deployable mobile solutions have been crucial for urgent humanitarian work as well as extended monitoring of crises zones. They played a critical role during the Indonesian national search for Air Asia flight QZ 8501, the earthquakes in both Japan and Nepal and the West African Ebola outbreak. We continue to collaborate with various NGO- and government-coordinated efforts on safety, search and rescue missions.” Jassem added.

Commenting on the cooperation with Thuraya, Roy Chen, Vice President of Government & Public Utility Sector, Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said: “Huawei is delighted to partner with Thuraya to innovate in the area of crisis and disaster management. Leveraging industry-leading ICT solutions and an ever-growing collaborative public safety ecosystem, Huawei, together with Thuraya, aims to improve government emergency departments’ practical capabilities, based on advanced satellite network, ensuring uninterrupted service, better protects human lives and properties from disasters and helps people take preventive measures.”

Developed along with 18 partners, Huawei is featuring the Collaborative-C4ISR Public Safety Solution at INTERPOL 2017, which includes a collaborative command and control center (C-Command & Control); collaborative communications network (C-Communication); collaborative cloud platform (C-Cloud),) collaborative video cloud platform; and a collaborative IoT platform (C-Reconnaissance). The event aims to establish a pathway for digital transformation within public safety and government entities by focusing on collaborative ‘visualization’ and ‘integration’ development trends.

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company   
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About Huawei
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 180,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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