The Space Data Association (SDA), established by commercial satellite operators to improve the safety and efficiency of space operations, has announced that Thuraya Telecommunications, a mobile satellite services operator, will join the organisation as a member. The SDA is a non-profit association that brings together international satellite operators in collaboration to share critical data and best practices, which is vital to the safety and integrity of the space environment and the radio frequency (RF) spectrum.
“We are pleased to be part of the SDA and are firmly in support of their mission to facilitate the improved management of shared resources within the space environment and the RF spectrum,” says Ahmed Al Shamsi, Chief Technology Officer at Thuraya. “Fostering stronger collaboration within the industry enables global satellite operators like Thuraya to mitigate risks in our operations and to ensure the best possible service to our users. We are looking forward to working with our peers in taking this collaboration to the next level.”
“Thuraya’s participation in the SDA is a strong attestation towards the value of our continued efforts. We welcome their participation as a new member, and look forward to being able to fully leverage their experience and status within the MSS sector. The SDA directors and I are looking forward to working with them as the SDA develops its capabilities and membership,” says Ronald C. Busch, Chairman and Executive Director of the SDA.
As a member, Thuraya will join the existing satellite operators including Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat andInmarsat that sit on the board of the non-profit entity, managing its activities in support of the space industry.