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Die Astronautin – Your Opportunity to Get More Women into Space!

Since September 2016, SpaceWatch Middle East has been covering the Die Astronautin initiative. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, will give the successful candidate the opportunity to travel to and work on board the International Space Station. Not only does the programme emphasise the importance of levelling up gender equality in space, but …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: SpaceForum 2017 – To the Conquest of Space

Following the success of last year’s edition and with the multiplication of space initiatives launched by the Luxembourg government and Minister Etienne Schneider, Space Forum is back for a new edition entitled “From Space Application to Space Exploration”. Local and international space professionals will gather at the European Convention Center, …

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Israeli High School Students Build Duchifat-2 Cubesat

Over 80 Israeli high school students from schools in Herzliya, Ofakim, Yeruham, the West Bank settlement of Ofra, and the Bedouin town of Hura, have built a Cubesat called Duchifat-2 as part of the European Union’s QB50 Thermosphere research programme. Duchifat-2 is one of 28 Cubesats from 23 countries built …

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Israel Looking to Use Brazilian Alcântara Site for Space Launch

Israel, along with France, Russia, and the United States, is seeking to use the Alcântara Launch Centre (CLA) located on the northeast Brazilian coast close to the equator, according to the Brazilian Space Agency. The Alcântara Launch Centre is the closest launch site to the Earth’s equator anywhere in the …

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UAE’s Masdar Institute to Host the Yahsat Space Laboratory

The Yahsat Space Laboratory, which aims to develop and advance technologies within the space sector and to make continuing strides toward the UAE’s advanced space ambitions, was launched by officials from the Masdar Institute, Al Yahsat Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), and Orbital ATK on April 17, 2017, at the Masdar …

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Using Crowdsourcing To Map Displacement in South Sudan

Over three years of internal conflict in South Sudan has led to severe food and nutrition insecurity. Nearly one third of the population is in need of emergency food assistance, and the spread of violence has displaced 3.4 million people across South Sudan and into neighboring countries since December 2013. …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Hadi Nazari of NorthTelecom – A Belief in Collaboration

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview, Torsten Kriening talks to Hadi Nazari, Group CEO of NorthTelecom, about their recent acquisition and future market trends at CabSat 2017. Hadi, thanks for your time today. Can you tell us about your general assessment of the satellite communications market today? We see threats …

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BRICS to Further Space Science Cooperation

This story is republished with the kind permission of the editors of The BRICS Post, where it was originally published on April 6, 2017. BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries are looking to build space science cooperation as the bloc seeks a bigger share of the $300 billion …

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SES and Luxembourg Government Extend SATMED E-health Contract

SES and the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs announced on April 5, 2017, that they have extended a contract to maintain and support SATMED, an e-health satellite platform, until 2020. Under the new contract, SES will continue to develop the SATMED platform and its medical applications, support the …

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Turkeys military big ambitions space despite attempted coup aftermath

This is the last of three reports on the Turkish space programme. The first report was on the establishment of the Turkish Space Agency and the second report was on Turkey’s space launch ambitions. The attempted coup in July 2016 that sought to overthrow the rule of President Recep Tayyip …

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