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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Strategic Implications of Iran’s Simorgh Space Launch Vehicle Test

Iran’s test launch of its Simorgh space launch vehicle (SLV) on July 27, 2017, caused significant yet unsurprising controversy throughout the international community. Two months later, with the dust literally settling, Natalie Fuchs – SpaceWatch Middle East’s contributing editor on all things Iranian space – argues that it is possible that the U.S., its …

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UAE’s MBRSC Participates In The 68th International Astronautical Congress

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) will participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, between September 25-29, 2017. The IAC is one of the leading space conferences worldwide, attended by presidents and CEOs of international space agencies, decision makers, researchers, academics, and professionals in the …

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UAE’s Etisalat and Intelsat Expand Relationship, Creating Gateway to Intelsat Epic NG Services for the Middle East

Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and Etisalat UAE, a leading telecommunications services provider in the Middle East and Africa, today detailed their plan to expand the distribution of Intelsat EpicNG services in the Middle East region. Under a multiyear expansion, …

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NASA Awards SSL Next Phase Funding For Dragonfly On-Orbit Assembly Program, Demonstrates Confidence In Public Private Partnership For Space Robotics

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that NASA has awarded the next phase of funding for its ground-breaking Dragonfly on-orbit satellite assembly programme. The contract modification to move forward with the detailed design of a semi-autonomous robotic system for in-space satellite …

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Turkish ANSP and Aireon to Collaborate on Real-Time Space-Based ADS-B Implementation

Aireon has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI), Turkey’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). DHMI has agreed to collaborate with Aireon and intends to utilize space-based ADS-B to augment its current surveillance capabilities and also utilize it …

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UAE’s MBRSC Announces The Launch Of The First Edition Of MBRSC Science Event In October 2017

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has launched the first edition of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Science Event (MBRSC Science Event), that will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, …

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Israel’s Spacecom Offers Ukraine a Satellite Television Bouquet

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, together with UkrKosmos, Ukraine’s State Space Agency, is now offering satellite transponder services for content sharing to the country’s regional broadcasters. Utilizing AMOS-7 at the 4 degrees W prime orbital position, Spacecom and UkrKosmos are starting with an initial 19 regional channels on the …

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