Turkish reconnaissance satellite GÖKTÜRK-1 launched successfully

Arianespace’s Vega launcher ascends from the Spaceport with its Earth observation payload on December 5, 2016. Flight VV08. GÖKTÜRK-1; Credits: Arianespace

Arianespace has successfully launched the GÖKTÜRK-1 satellite within the scope of a turnkey contract with Telespazio on behalf of the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM). The launch took place on December 5, 2016 at 10:51:44 a.m. local time, from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. This was …

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The Big Day Arrives for First “Generation Space” Students

Headquarters of UAE Space Agency, Abu Dhabi; Credits: SpaceWatch Middle East

The inaugural class of Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program, (SFTP) has concluded with a graduation ceremony at the UAE Space Agency in Abu Dhabi. The programme, aimed at developing emerging leaders in the UAE space industry, was launched in August by the UAE Space Agency and partners Lockheed …

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Day 06 – #SpaceWatchME helps – Donation Campaign

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Refugee Crisis – Greece – 2016 WiFi radios being installed in Skaramangas refugee camp. Credits: Disaster Tech Lab From December 1st, SpaceWatch Middle East and its partners PTScientists, neuco, NewSpace People will run a Christmas Donation Campaign 2016. We will donate 100% of the raised money to two organisations: Télécoms …

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The Race to the Moon is On for TeamIndus

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TeamIndus secure their journey to space with commercial launch contract The only Indian team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, TeamIndus, has taken a crucial step forward to making their dream of soft-landing a spacecraft on the Moon, a reality. The Team has signed a verified commercial launch contract with …

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China’s Xinwei buys Israel’s Spacecom for $190 million

The Amos-6 payload pictured on top of the Space-X Falcon-9 space launch vehicle prior to the 1 September 2016 accident. Photograph courtesy of SpaceX.

Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group will buy Israeli satellite communications company, Spacecom, for U.S.$190 million, according to Israeli press reports. Beijing Xinwei Technology Group was originally going to pay U.S.$285 million for Spacecom, contingent upon the successful launch of Spacecom’s Amos-6 communications satellite. The Amos-6 communications satellite was …

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The Dubai Declaration on Outer Space

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Earlier this week, SpaceWatch Middle East published an Op-Ed by Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive-Director of Secure World Foundation, who wrote about the significance of the Dubai Declaration released in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 24 November 2016. Today, SpaceWatch Middle East publishes the Dubai Declaration in its entirety. Adopted at the first High …

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Day 04 – #SpaceWatchME helps – Donation Campaign

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Refugee Crisis – Lesbos – 2015 A deserted lifeboat used by refugees to make the crossing to Lesbos. Credits: Disaster Tech Lab From December 1st, SpaceWatch Middle East and its partners PTScientists, neuco, NewSpace People will run a Christmas Donation Campaign 2016. We will donate 100% of the raised money …

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Day 03 – #SpaceWatchME helps – Donation Campaign

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Turkey – 2015 TSF provided mLearning tools for Syrian refugee children in Turkey. Specially selected applications and teacher-guided sessions allowed Syrian children to pursue their education and gain invaluable knowledge in a world that suffers from the risk of a lost generation. Credits: Télécoms Sans Frontières From December 1st, SpaceWatch …

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SSPI Prepares for Annual Awards Dinner

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The Better Satellite World Awards Dinner will take place on Monday, 5 December 2016 at One Whitehall Place in London, originally the official residences of the kings of Scotland when residing in England, and now a 5 star hotel. It is an intimate evening for networking and celebration in the beating …

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