#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East – China’s New Silk Road and the Middle East in a Multipolar Space Order

In the second part of the SpaceWatch Middle East multi-week theme on China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East, Dr. Bleddyn E. Bowen of King’s College London, probably the greatest space power theorist in Welsh history, makes the case that space powers in the Middle East have a cornucopia of choice …

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UAE Student’s ‘Genes in Space’ Experiment Launches to International Space Station

UAE high school student Alia Al Mansoori’s experiment is on the International Space Station. This is the culmination of the first UAE Genes in Space competition held in the UAE and made possible through a partnership of the UAE Space Agency, The National, and Boeing. The DNA-based research competition was …

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#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East – What Is The Chinese Space Silk Road?

In Part One of this multi-week SpaceWatch Middle East Theme on the Chinese Space Silk Road and the Middle East, we invited Dr. Malcolm Davis of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) to provide an overview of the Space Silk Road for readers. The emergence of China’s Belt and Road …

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New UAE Space Agency Board of Directors Holds First Meeting

The new formation of the UAE Space Agency Board of Directors has met for the first time on August 14, 2017, chaired by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, UAE Minister of State for Higher Education. Board members include H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Khalid Al Buainain, Badr Al Olama, …

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#SWMEThemes: SWME Op’Ed – The Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Vision for Globalisation, Beijing-Style

Over the course of this coming week, SpaceWatch Middle East is running the first part of a multi-week theme on China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East. Today, as a scene setter, Benjamin Habib and Viktor Faulknor of LaTrobe University in Australia, provide an overview of China’s Belt and Road …

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#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East, Part One

Centuries ago, China and Europe were connected by a number of trade routes across the Eurasian landmass and the Indian Ocean that were later known as the Silk Road. These Silk Roads not only connected the ancient Chinese Middle Kingdom and Medieval Europe, but also connected regions of Eurasia that …

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Speedcast Awarded VSAT License in Iraq

Speedcast International Limited, the world’s most trusted provider of highly reliable, fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, today announced it has been awarded a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) license to operate in Iraq through its locally-licensed entity, prompting the completion of a new systems integration project providing managed …

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UrtheCast Announces the Signing of a Contract for a SAR-XL Satellite for the OptiSAR™ Constellation

UrtheCast Corp. announced on August 14, 2017, that it has entered into a contract with a confidential customer for the development and delivery of a dual-frequency stand-alone Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operational-class satellite as an “accelerator” for the OptiSARTM Constellation.  The exact amount of the contract is not being disclosed …

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Blockstream Satellite: Broadcasting Bitcoin from Space

Blockstream, the leader in blockchain and financial cryptography, today announced the availability of Blockstream Satellite, a new service that broadcasts real-time Bitcoin blockchain data from a group of communication satellites in space to almost everyone on the planet. Blockstream Satellite enables further participation in Bitcoin, including the billions of people …

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Ursa Space Systems Announces World’s First Weekly Global Oil Inventory Report

Ursa Space Systems Inc. (Ursa) announced on August 10, 2017, their planned expansion to provide the world’s first reliable, global oil inventory coverage. Building on Ursa’s ground-breaking China Oil Storage Report, Ursa will deliver Global oil storage reports on a region by region basis, starting with the Caribbean, Middle East/North …

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