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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Ilan Ramon Scholarship – Overcoming Adversity to Inspire

SpaceWatch Middle East Chief Editor Helen Jameson speaks with a scholarship fund that was born out of tragedy but now helps dozens of young Israelis make a difference in space. “Today was the first day that I felt that I am truly living in space. I have become a man who …

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#SWMEThemes: Could Earth’s Asteroids Be the Next Al Ghawar Oil Field?

In the fifth installment of our #SWMEThemes on Space Resources and the Middle East, UAE space lawyer Humaid Al Shamsi explores the opportunities and legal and policy challenges for Middle Eastern states seeking to exploit space resources. Humanity relies heavily on natural resources and continued human development currently remains dependent …

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#SWMEThemes: Space Resources and NewSpace: Interview with Ramaspace

The fourth part of our #SWMEThemes on the Middle East and Space Resources is an interview with Andrey Maximov and Raghu Das of Ramaspace, and explores their view on space resources, asteroid mining, and the impact of the new Luxembourg space resources law. SWME: Can we begin by talking about the …

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#SWMEThemes: Space Mining: The Next Strategic Investment for Gulf Countries?

The second contribution to the #SWMEThemes week on the Middle East and Space Resources is by Ben Baseley-Walker, the Senior Director for Global Engagement for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Planetary Resources. Ben argues that Gulf Arab countries have an opportunity to lead in the coming race to exploit space …

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#SWMEThemes: The Middle East and the New Space Resource Economy

In the first of our week-long #SWMEThemes on the Middle East and Space Resources, Dr. Tom James of Navitas Resources LLP argues that with its heritage in extracting oil and gas from harsh environments and recent investments in space programmes, many Middle Eastern countries are well-placed to take advantage of the …

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Introducing #SWMEThemes: First Off, Space Resources and the Middle East

Here at SpaceWatch Middle East we are always looking to enhance the experience and education of our readers, as well as to engage the regional and international space community in relevant debates on issues of importance. In order to bring such lofty goals into reality, this coming week SpaceWatch Middle …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: As the World Embraces Space, the 50 Year Old Outer Space Treaty Needs Adaptation

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, the centre piece of the international legal regime of all outer space activities. Duncan Blake and Professor Steven Freeland argue that with rapid changes occurring in how space is used, it is time to update the …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Space Weather as a Sustainability Issue

Weather in space is not something you regularly hear about, but it has an everyday impact we should all be aware of. As part of SpaceWatch Middle East’s partnership with Secure World Foundation, we are pleased to publish this essay on space weather and space sustainability by SWF’s Project Manager, Krystal Wilson: Space …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Meir Moalem of Sky and Space Global

Sky and Space Global’s 3 Diamonds nano-satellites were successfully launched on 23 June 2017 aboard the PSLV from ISRO’s launch site at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. The launch is a key milestone for SAS as a business, which has been engaged in months of preparation ahead …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: TeamIndus and Yahsat collaborate and bring lunar rover to STEM day at MASDAR Institute

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Helen Jameson speaks to Rahul Narayan of TeamIndus to find out more about the STEM day at MASDAR Institute and the importance of outreach programmes such as this. Inspiring the next generation is something that we talk a great deal about within …

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