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UrtheCast and Beijing Space View Technology Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

UrtheCast Corp. and its subsidiary, the Earth Observation company Deimos Imaging, have announced the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement with Beijing Space View Technology Co. Ltd., a leading provider of remote sensing satellite data and geospatial information services based in China, for the mutual global distribution of their respective …

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Spain’s PAZ Satellite Ready for Launch, More Eyes Over the Mediterranean

The high resolution radar, Earth observation PAZ satellite, intended primarily to address civilian surveillance needs and to cover many different applications including defence and security, will say its final goodbye to Spain. It will be shipped in December 2017 to its launch site in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. …

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Morocco’s Mohammed VI-A Earth Observation Satellite Successfully Launched by Arianespace

Arianespace has successfully launched the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite dedicated for Earth observation for the Kingdom of Morocco. The satellite was developed by the consortium comprising Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime. The launch took place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 10:42:31 p.m. (local time) …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Simonetta di Pippo of UNOOSA About the High Level Forum Dubai 2017

Prior to this year’s High Level Forum in Dubai, SpaceWatch Middle East spoke with Simonetta di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), about this year’s HLF forecast. We are heading towards the 2017 High Level Forum (HLF) in Dubai. Last year the Dubai Declaration …

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MDA Completes Acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Rebrands As Maxar Technologies

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, announced on October 5, 2017, it has completed its acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in high resolution Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. The merger creates …

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Pakistan to Launch First Earth Observation Satellite in 2018

Pakistan’s national space agency, the Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (SUPARCO), announced on October 4, 2017, that it expects the first Pakistani dual-use Earth observation satellite, Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite 1 (PRSS-1), and an experimental satellite, will be launched in March 2018. The launch of PRSS-1 has a potential …

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Cairo Approves Establishment of Egyptian Space Agency and Receives Further Chinese Funding For Its Space Programme

The Egyptian Council of Ministers approved on September 27, 2017, the establishment of a national space agency, according to the Egyptian Minister for Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar. The ruling by the Council of Ministers will now pass on to the Egyptian parliament for final agreement and made into law. …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Why the New Space Race Must Focus On Sustainability

As Earth’s orbits become more crowded due to more countries entering the space domain and the emergence of large commercial constellations, the challenge of sustaining space as an environment in which Earth can continue to derive all of the advantages of satellite increases. In a blog post originally authored for …

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