WASHINGTON — Mobile satellite services provider Thuraya Telecommunications of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has joined the Space Data Association (SDA), a data-sharing collective of satellite operators based on Britain’s Isle of Man, Thuraya announced May 27.

The SDA maintains the Space Data Center, a clearinghouse of orbit-location and radio-frequency broadcasting data designed to enable satellite operators to coexist in an increasingly complex orbital environment. The organization was founded by satellite operators Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES.

“We are pleased to be a 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 [radio-frequency] spectrum,” Ahmed Al Shamsi, Thuraya’s chief technology officer, said in a prepared statement. 

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