Tonga’s only undersea cable was damaged after Saturday’s volcano-tsunami disaster, plunging the Pacific island into a communications blackout that could last for weeks.
China speeded up construction in 2021, according to new satellite images and experts, erecting more than 200 structures in six areas along the disputed frontiers with Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan country and Indian ally.
The global space race comes at a cost, as exploration missions, anti-satellite missile tests and accidental collisions continue to add to the millions of pieces of trash already orbiting the Earth.
This was the fourth failure of 14 rocket launches of a geostationary platform since 2001.
Eutelsat Quantum allows users to tailor the communications to their needs – almost in real-time.
Washington says the high-resolution satellite will allow Iran to surveil the Israeli and American military bases.
Many Turkish Twitter users have shared images and footage of Starlink satellites passing over the country.
“Ofek 16” joins a fleet of Israeli spy satellites that were launched during the past two decades, a day after Iran acknowledged that last week's fire at its Natanz nuclear site had damaged a new centrifuge assembly centre.
The US alleges Iran's satellite programme is a cover for its development of missiles, while the Islamic republic has previously insisted its aerospace activities comply with its international obligations.
Iran's Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi says the "Zafar satellite" will be launched by the end of this week, a programme the US sees as camouflage for Tehran's missile development.
Mysterious Saudi-based BeoutQ channel has been showing matches that only Qatar’s beIN has a license to show.
The launch came a week after two back-to-back countdowns for the mission were scrubbed - once due to high winds over the Cape and the next night in order to update satellite software and "triple-check" all systems.
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