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Maxar Technologies’ High-Power Communications Satellite Built for Intelsat Arrives at Launch Base

Maxar Technologies’ Intelsat 39 geosynchronous communications satellite has completed its final delivery checkouts at the company’s manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, California and has safely arrived at the Arianespace launch base in Kourou, French Guiana. 

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Maxar Technologies Announces All-Electric Maxar 1300-Class Communications Satellite Set to Deliver Broadcast Services for Eutelsat; Megan Fitzgerald Quoted

Maxar Technologies announced on Friday that the all-electric EUTELSAT 7C communications satellite performed according to plan after the satellite was launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the Arianespace launch base in Kourou, French Guiana and will soon begin providing broadcast services for Eutelsat customers.

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Marine Corps Looks to Buy MQ-9 Reapers to Take New Missions

The U.S. Marine Corps wants to make the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial systems permanent in its inventory through President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The service requested $117 million in funding to buy three Reapers in the coming year and additional three for fiscal year 2021.

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USAID Power Africa Org, Japan Form Alliance to Provide Renewable Energy Access in Africa

The U.S. Agency for International Development‘s Power Africa organization has entered a partnership with Japan’s government to share strengths, expertise and resources in support of efforts to provide access to renewable energy in Africa. USAID said Thursday its partnership with Japan’s foreign affairs ministry aims to align Power Africa with the Tokyo International Conference on African Development …

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Air Force Times: Frank Gorenc to Step Down as USAFE Commander

Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, will retire from his current role by September, Air Force Times reported Sunday. Oriana Pawlyk writes that the service branch has not yet named a successor to the 37-year Air Force veteran. Gorenc has held several roles with the Air Combat Command, Air …

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Army Gen. David Rodriguez: Africom Partners With African Nations to Address Regional Threats

U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez has highlighted U.S. Africa Command’s partnerships with countries Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Burundi to address militant organizations in the region such as the Islamic State militant organization, Boko Horam and al Shabab, DoD News reported Tuesday. Jim Garamone writes Rodriguez, Africom chief, told reporters in Brussels that the command …

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Senate Approves Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council, has received Senate confirmation as the new administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the New York Times reported Monday. Ron Nixon writes the Senate voted 79 to 7 to confirm Smith as a successor to Rajiv Shah, who resigned from …

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Steve VanRoekel Joins USAID, Will Coordinate Gov’t Ebola Response

Steven VanRoekel, formerly chief information officer for the federal government, will join the U.S. Agency for International Development and coordinate the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Politico reported Friday. According to the story by Erin Mershon, VanRoekel’s last day at the Office of Management and Budget …

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Robert Otto: ISR Tech Is Vital for Counterterrorism Efforts in Africa

U.S. military leaders believe that intelligence systems and increased collaboration between the U.S. and African allies are essential to fighting terrorism across Africa, Defense News reported Thursday. President Barack Obama has proposed creating a $5 billion fund for anti-terror programs in North Africa and the Middle East, while the Senate …

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