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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: MilSatCom Middle East

Supported by the UAE Space Agency, MilSatCom 2017 brings together the Middle East’s military communications community. Taking place on February 22nd in Abu Dhabi, the event focuses on identifying future regional needs, enhancing capabilities and developing space assets. For the past six years MilSatCom has gathered the top regional decision …

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UAE aims to establish human settlement on Mars by 2117

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan have unveiled today the “Mars 2117 Project” which aims at its final …

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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 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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Israel’s IAI successfully completes environmental testing of Israeli-French VENuS satellite

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed a system-level thermal vacuum test on the Israeli-French Venµs satellite. This test verified that the satellite, its subsystems and interfaces operate well under the extreme hot and cold temperatures encountered in a space environment. Prior to the thermal vacuum test, IAI also completed …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: Disrupt Space Summit 2017

The Disrupt Space Summit will bring together 50 of the most promising space startups from around the world to Berlin on March 14-15 2017 and connect them with decision makers and investors to collaboratively solve today’s problems using space. The summit focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and the strengthening of a …

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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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#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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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Satellite Sovereignty – Africa

In the past, we have looked to nations such as Russia and the United States for our inspiration in space. For decades, these countries have dominated the space sector. However, new national players are emerging, proving that space is no longer the domain of the richest and most powerful nations. …

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