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PTScientist’s Audi Lunar Quattro Hits the Hollywood Green Carpet

Over the past few years, space has had some notable moments on the Hollywood red carpet and we’ve seen films such as Gravity and The Martian do well at the box office. Here at SpaceWatch Middle East, we have been particularly excited by the new Alien movie, Alien Covenant, because …

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UAE’s MBRSC Reveals Further Details About Its Mars 2117 Colonisation Programme

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has revealed further details behind the grand vision to colonise Mars by 2117 set out by their Highnesses Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in February 2017. Speaking to an audience …

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A Deadly Twist in Iran’s ‘Soft War’? Iranian satellite TV mogul murdered in Istanbul

A prominent Iranian satellite television network owner living in exile was gunned down along with his Kuwaiti business partner on an Istanbul street on the evening of April 29, 2017. Saeed Karimian, a 45-year old Iranian-British citizen living in Istanbul, and his as yet unnamed Kuwaiti business associate, were driving …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: GLEX 2017 in Beijing, China

The Conference will bring together leaders and decision-makers within the science and human exploration community – engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, agency representatives and policy makers. The leaders in the field will converge in Beijing to discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions and it will contain several opportunities to …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Dr. Claudia Stern of DLR

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview, Torsten Kriening talks to Dr Claudia Stern, Head Flight Medicine Clinic, DLR – German Aerospace Center, about the selection process for the first German female astronaut – Die Astronautin – in Berlin during the announcement of the last two candidates. Astronaut selection is not …

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#SpaceWatchME Review: 11th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation in Berlin 2017

Berlin Symposium Celebrates SmallSat Innovation The prestigious Berlin-Brandenberg Academy of Sciences provided the backdrop for the 11th International Academy of Astronautics Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation from 24-27 April. It was yet another successful gathering of more than 250 representatives from across the industry, government, and academic institutions …

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Intelsat to Provide Intelsat EpicNG Services for Morocco’s INWI

Intelsat has announced that Morocco’s INWI has signed an agreement to integrate satellite services from the Intelsat EpicNG platform into INWI’s network. INWI, the fastest-growing mobile operator in Morocco, is expanding into cellular backhaul services and, following the awarding of a VSAT license by Morocco’s National Agency of Telecommunications Regulation …

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Forging Ahead at Thuraya’s 15th Partner Conference in Dubai

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator welcomed international and regional delegates from Africa, Asia, Europe, the GCC and North America at its annual Partner Conference in Dubai. Held from 25 to 26 April, the two-day conference is taking place at the W hotel. This year’s theme …

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Arabsat To Sponsor the 18th Arab Radio and Television Festival in Tunisia

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat – will sponsor and participate in the 18th edition of Arab Festival for Radio and Television, organised by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), from May 25-28, 2017, in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, and will be attended by several media figures and broadcasters from …

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AMADEE-18 Mars Analog Field Simulation To Be Held in Dhofar, Oman

In February 2018, the Austrian Space Forum – in partnership with the Oman National Steering Comittee for AMADEE-18 – will conduct an international Mars analog field simulation in the Dhofar region of Oman. Directed by a Mission Support Centre in Austria, a small field crew will conduct experiments preparing for …

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