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SpaceWatch Middle East Launches New App for Android and iOS

SpaceWatch Middle East is proud to announce the launch of its App for Android and iOS smart phones and tablets. The App is available for free from Google Play and iTunes. Readers of SpaceWatch Middle East can now download all the news, opinion, and commentary on Middle Eastern space activities …

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China To Contribute Funds to Egypt’s Space Programme

China has agreed to contribute U.S.$64 million to the Egyptian earth observation satellite programme, EgyptSat, as part of a new cooperation agreement between the two counties signed on March 21, 2017. The funding will be contingent on a feasibility study on the EgyptSat programme, but is thought to be a …

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Calls Grow for the Creation of a Kuwaiti Space Agency

The case for the creation of a Kuwaiti space agency is growing with prominent Kuwaiti scientists advocating that the Gulf kingdom consider the merits of establishing a formal entity to deal with space issues. Quoted in the English-language newspaper Kuwait Times, scientist Dr. Hala Al-Jassar, an Assistant Professor in the …

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Israel’s Netanyahu Visits China, Discusses Cyber, Science, and Technology Cooperation, Investments

Following immediately on the heels of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading a delegation to China, arriving on March 19, 2017, in order to discuss and enhance strategic and economic ties between the two countries. Among the various topics to be discussed between Israel and …

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Saudi Arabia To Contribute To China’s Chang’e-4 Moon Mission

As part of his six week-long tour of Asian countries, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has presided over a major space agreement between his Kingdom and Asia’s leading space power, China. This prominent agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the King Abdulaziz City of Science …

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Stay connected – even on the Moon with #PTScientists, #Vodafone and #missiontothemoon

PTScientists teams up with Vodafone Germany to bring mobile data roaming to the surface of the Moon – and the cost needn’t be astronomical! No need to worry about letting people know that you’ve arrived safely on the Moon – you’ll be able to check in on Facebook and send …

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Successful Launch of Sentinel-2B Adds to EU’s Copernicus Earth Observation Constellation

Europe´s Copernicus programme has got its second eye. On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 02:49 am CET (March 6, 2017, at 10.49 pm local time), a Vega launcher successfully took off from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying the satellite developed and built under the industrial leadership of Airbus …

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UAE Aims To Be Global Hub For Science, Knowledge, and Exploration

The UAE is a young country that has fast transitioned into a global hub for producing knowledge. With its ‘Shuttle of Hope’, the country has re-affirmed that nothing is impossible. An interactive session titled ‘Above and Beyond Conventional Topics’ at the Public Diplomacy and Government Communication Forum, in Dubai on …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: The GVF Satellite Hub at CABSAT 2017

Mission Criticality: The Satellite Solution and the Humanitarian Crisis Next week, the CABSAT event will begin in Dubai. SpaceWatch Middle East will not only be attending but our Editor, Torsten Kriening, will also be moderating a special panel at the GVF Satellite Hub. The subject is close to our hearts. …

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Iranian General Claims US Deterred Launch of Space Launch Vehicle

In a bizarre statement that will likely be studied for some time by strategic analysts seeking to understand how deterrence works, a senior officer in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) publicly announced that threats from the United States forced Iranian leadership to shelve plans to launch a space launch …

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