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Egyptian Cabinet Receives Formal Legal Submission for Creation of Egyptian Space Agency

The Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has submitted a formal proposal for the creation of an Egyptian Space Agency to the cabinet in Cairo. According to Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Scientific Research Essam Khamis, the ministry submitted text for a law that would establish the …

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#SpaceWatchME Review: SPACE FORUM 2017 – Luxembourg at the center of the global space map

On May 9-10, 2017, over 5,000 space and satellite professionals gathered at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg to discuss the latest digital, tech and space trends, the increasing use of data, and planetary defence and space mining, with experts from all over the world sharing their knowledge and vision. The …

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U.S. Intelligence Voices Concerns About Iranian Satellite Jamming and Spoofing Capabilities

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, voiced growing U.S. concerns about Iranian satellite jamming and spoofing activity in testimony he gave to the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2017. The testimony by Mr. Coats was part of the annual briefing on …

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Iranian Minister Claims Iran Ready to Launch Communications and Remote Sensing Satellite in Coming Months

Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian Minister for Communications and Information Technology, announced on May 8, 2017, that two Iranian-made satellites are almost ready for launch. “Now, we have two satellites ready to be launched, one being Amir Kabir sensing satellite and the other being Nahid telecommunication satellite,” said Minister Vaezi to Iranian …

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Smart Africa Alliance and Inmarsat Developing Blueprint for Digital Services Across the Continent

Inmarsat announced on May 10, 2017, that, in conjunction with the government of the Republic of Rwanda, it is launching a series of digital service initiatives across the capital, Kigali, a city of more than one million people. As part of the digital services initiatives, Inmarsat today also signed a …

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Inmarsat Showcases Unified Mission Critical Communications to Support Kigali Smart City Initiative

Inmarsat is showcasing how satellite communications can be deployed to deliver unified mission critical data and voice communications at the Transform Africa Summit (May 10-12, 2017) in Kigali, Rwanda. The summit, organised by the Smart Africa Alliance, brings together Presidents and senior government officials from 18 African nations, alongside leading …

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Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation Site Visit to Iran for SMMS Programme

An Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) delegation successfully conducted the Hosting Site Survey at the proposed Iranian site on April 8-13, 2017, as the follow up to one of the most important tasks in the Small Multi-Mission Satellite (SMMS) Project phase B. This mission was conducted by experts from the …

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UAE’s MBRSC Reveals Further Details About Its Mars 2117 Colonisation Programme

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has revealed further details behind the grand vision to colonise Mars by 2117 set out by their Highnesses Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in February 2017. Speaking to an audience …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Insight – International Discourse, New Space Actors, and the Space Symposium

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and Secure World Foundation we will occasionally be publishing selected articles from the organisation. Secure World Foundation envisions the secure, sustainable and peaceful uses of outer space contributing to global stability and benefits on Earth. The mission of the Secure World Foundation is to …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: GLEX 2017 in Beijing, China

The Conference will bring together leaders and decision-makers within the science and human exploration community – engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, agency representatives and policy makers. The leaders in the field will converge in Beijing to discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions and it will contain several opportunities to …

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