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UAE’s Nayif-1 Nanosatellite set to launch from India between 14-25 February

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have announced that the launch of the nanosatellite Nayif-1 will occur between the 14th and 25th February 2017, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, on board a PSLV-C37 rocket. Nayif-1 is expected to be …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: GEO-LEO Hybrid Multigrid Network by Muhammad Furqan

Satellites on different orbits, connected in multigrid networks.  Muhammad Furqan, writer and analyst in the satellite communication industry shares his opinion on this fascinating subject. An Independent Extraterrestrial Network A couple of years ago I proposed ‘Ring Computing’, a ring of 264,986 km circumference created by a constellation of interconnected …

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#SpaceWatchME Review: Twelfth Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference Emphasizes International Cooperation

Ian Christensen, Project Manager at the Secure World Foundation, reports for SpaceWatch Middle East, on the 12th Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference held in Herzilya, Israel, on 30-31 January 2017. The 12th Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference was held in Herzilya, Israel on 30-31 January 2017. Organized by the Israeli Ministry of …

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UAE’s Thuraya Opens Offices in the United States of America

Thuraya Telecommunications Company has announced it has opened an office in the United States of America. Located centrally between Washington D.C. and Tysons Corner, Virginia, the new office offers close proximity to investors, key government and commercial customers and partners. Thuraya, the leading mobile satellite services (MSS) operator, is headquartered in …

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Airbus supports EU security missions in Somalia, Mali, and Niger with SATCOM

Airbus Defence and Space is delivering satellite communications systems for EU military training missions in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) as well as for the EUCAP (European Union capacity-building mission) Sahel Niger and EUCAP Sahel Mali civilian missions. Led on behalf of the European Union, these missions aim to support the efforts …

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#SpaceWatchME review: Global Space Congress: Day 2 Highlights

It’s been an incredibly busy two days at the Global Space Congress 2017, which has welcomed over 600 attendees including heads of space agencies, C-Level executives from leading space and aerospace companies, government ministries, top researchers, and academics in Abu Dhabi. There were many highlights during the event, including the ”Space and the …

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Israel’s IAI introduces ADA – A new system designed for hardening GPS systems against jamming

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is unveiling ADA – an advanced system that protects avionic systems from GPS jamming. ADA has already been integrated into several systems and platforms operating both in Israel and abroad. The ADA system recently won a tender from Israel’s Ministry of Defense, for integration into one …

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#SpaceWatchME review: Global Space Congress: Day 1 Highlights

The Global Space Congress at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi Hotel was buzzing on 31 January 2017 as it welcomed an international delegation including heads of space agencies, C-Level executives from leading space and aerospace companies, government ministries, top researchers, and academics. The day was packed with presentations and …

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UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre concludes its first Project Space

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) concluded the first edition of its “Project Space” event, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre and general supervisor of all projects of the …

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Syria and Russia in satellite broadcasting talks

The Syrian Minister for Information, Mohammed Ramez Turgeman, has intimated that the Syrian government is in discussions with Russia about a possible satellite acquisition so that Damacus can assert greater control over how its information and propaganda can be disseminated throughout the country and beyond without being interfered with. The …

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