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Die Astronautin – Your Opportunity to Get More Women into Space!

Since September 2016, SpaceWatch Middle East has been covering the Die Astronautin initiative. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, will give the successful candidate the opportunity to travel to and work on board the International Space Station. Not only does the programme emphasise the importance of levelling up gender equality in space, but …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Matthew Desch of Iridium

As part of a partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and the World Space Risk Forum we will occasionally be publishing selected articles and interviews from that organisation. The World Space Risk Forum (WSRF) was set up in 2010 for the global space community to better understand space risks, new technologies, and innovations with the …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: SpaceForum 2017 – To the Conquest of Space

Following the success of last year’s edition and with the multiplication of space initiatives launched by the Luxembourg government and Minister Etienne Schneider, Space Forum is back for a new edition entitled “From Space Application to Space Exploration”. Local and international space professionals will gather at the European Convention Center, …

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Breakthrough Listen Initiative Publishes Initial Results

Breakthrough Listen – the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe – has released its 11 events ranked highest for significance as well as summary data analysis results. It is considered unlikely that any of these signals originate from artificial extraterrestrial sources, but the search continues. Further, …

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Space Race in Northeast Africa: Ethiopian Space Programme Spurring Sudanese and Kenyan Space Efforts

Ethiopia’s nascent space programme seems to be creating geopolitical ripples throughout northeast Africa, with reports emerging that both Sudan and Kenya are starting to pay attention to Addis Ababa’s space ambitions. SpaceWatch Middle East reported in January 2017 that the Ethiopian government announced its intention to design, build, and launch …

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Israeli High School Students Build Duchifat-2 Cubesat

Over 80 Israeli high school students from schools in Herzliya, Ofakim, Yeruham, the West Bank settlement of Ofra, and the Bedouin town of Hura, have built a Cubesat called Duchifat-2 as part of the European Union’s QB50 Thermosphere research programme. Duchifat-2 is one of 28 Cubesats from 23 countries built …

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Israel Looking to Use Brazilian Alcântara Site for Space Launch

Israel, along with France, Russia, and the United States, is seeking to use the Alcântara Launch Centre (CLA) located on the northeast Brazilian coast close to the equator, according to the Brazilian Space Agency. The Alcântara Launch Centre is the closest launch site to the Earth’s equator anywhere in the …

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UAE’s Masdar Institute to Host the Yahsat Space Laboratory

The Yahsat Space Laboratory, which aims to develop and advance technologies within the space sector and to make continuing strides toward the UAE’s advanced space ambitions, was launched by officials from the Masdar Institute, Al Yahsat Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), and Orbital ATK on April 17, 2017, at the Masdar …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Stephen Spengler of Intelsat

As part of a partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and the World Space Risk Forum we will occasionally be publishing selected articles and interviews from that organisation. The World Space Risk Forum (WSRF) was set up in 2010 for the global space community to better understand space risks, new technologies, and innovations with the …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Hadi Nazari of NorthTelecom – A Belief in Collaboration

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview, Torsten Kriening talks to Hadi Nazari, Group CEO of NorthTelecom, about their recent acquisition and future market trends at CabSat 2017. Hadi, thanks for your time today. Can you tell us about your general assessment of the satellite communications market today? We see threats …

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