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#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East – What Is The Chinese Space Silk Road?

In Part One of this multi-week SpaceWatch Middle East Theme on the Chinese Space Silk Road and the Middle East, we invited Dr. Malcolm Davis of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) to provide an overview of the Space Silk Road for readers. The emergence of China’s Belt and Road …

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#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East, Part One

Centuries ago, China and Europe were connected by a number of trade routes across the Eurasian landmass and the Indian Ocean that were later known as the Silk Road. These Silk Roads not only connected the ancient Chinese Middle Kingdom and Medieval Europe, but also connected regions of Eurasia that …

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UrtheCast Announces the Signing of a Contract for a SAR-XL Satellite for the OptiSAR™ Constellation

UrtheCast Corp. announced on August 14, 2017, that it has entered into a contract with a confidential customer for the development and delivery of a dual-frequency stand-alone Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operational-class satellite as an “accelerator” for the OptiSARTM Constellation.  The exact amount of the contract is not being disclosed …

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Ursa Space Systems Announces World’s First Weekly Global Oil Inventory Report

Ursa Space Systems Inc. (Ursa) announced on August 10, 2017, their planned expansion to provide the world’s first reliable, global oil inventory coverage. Building on Ursa’s ground-breaking China Oil Storage Report, Ursa will deliver Global oil storage reports on a region by region basis, starting with the Caribbean, Middle East/North …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Small Satellites – Boundless Technological Opportunity or Looming Disaster for the Space Environment?

The small satellite is enjoying what has been a re-birth over the past five years and this is culminating in a plethora of new constellations and technological developments that could literally see the satellite industry move onto a new trajectory. Helen Jameson, SpaceWatch Middle East Senior Contributing Editor, takes a …

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Syria: Identifying Risks and Understanding Conflict With DigitalGlobe’s Human Landscape

Andre Kearn, Radiant Senior Director, Commercial Services, of DigitalGlobe, writes on how satellite imagery and geospatial intelligence can be used to map the human dimension of conflict. Using the Syrian Civil War as a case study, Kearn demonstrates the utility of DigitalGlobe’s Human Landscape. Political unrest and religious disputes have led …

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Israeli-Made OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Satellites Successfully Launched By Arianespace

For the second time this year – and the 10th overall since entering service in 2012 – Vega has successfully launched a payload from the Spaceport, with this lightweight vehicle’s latest mission delivering the OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Earth observation satellites to Sun-synchronous orbits. Lifting off from the Spaceport’s SLV launch …

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Mahmoud Vaezi, Iranian Minister Responsible for Space, To Step Down

The Iranian government minister responsible for the space portfolio has stated that he will step down before the start of President Hassan Rouhani’s second term. Mahmoud Vaezi, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has been responsible for Iran Space Agency activities as well as negotiations with Russia and other …

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Israel’s IAI-Built OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Payloads Received By Arianespace for Vega August 1 Launch

Build-up of the lightweight Vega for Arianespace’s upcoming mission to orbit twin Earth observation satellites is complete in French Guiana, with the OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs spacecraft now integrated with their launch vehicle. During activity on the Spaceport’s space launch vehicle (SLV) launch site, the two passengers – which are integrated …

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Iran Launches Simorgh: Act of Defiance to the U.S. or Legitimate SLV Test?

Iran launched its Simorgh space launch vehicle (SLV) into space on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from the Imam Khomeini Space Centre. The Simorgh SLV (Farsi for ‘Phoenix’) was not thought to have carried a payload. The U.S. Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Centre (JSpOC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in …

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