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The Precis: UAE National Space Policy

As part of the new partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and The Précis, a quarterly space law and policy report produced by Space Law & Policy Solutions, run by the prominent space lawyer and friend of SpaceWatch Middle East, Michael J. Listner, SpaceWatch Middle East is occasionally publishing select articles from The Précis. Reproduced here are …

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Jordanian Students Build Cubesat for 2018 Launch, Thanks To Crown Prince’s Masar Initiative

A group of fifteen Jordanian students from several universities have built a Cubesat to be launched in early 2018, under the sponsorship of the Masar Initiative, part of Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein’s Crown Prince Foundation (CPF). The students were supervised by Jordanian engineering and science academics at the Royal Jordanian …

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Turkey’s First Domestic Satellite Launch Vehicle On The Way: Rocketsan Pioneering the Turkish Aerospace Industry

Roketsan, one of Turkey’s leading company’s in the aerospace industry, have recently announced their plans going forward with the Turkish Satellite Launch System (SLS) project they signed with the Turkish government in 2013. A Rocketsan press release that came out right before the Turkish International Defence Industry Fair held May …

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Iran Abandons Its Human Spaceflight Ambitions

In an unsurprising move, the Iranian government has officially abandoned Tehran’s ambitions to send humans into space. According to Iranian news agency ILNA, Mohammad Homayoun Sadr, the deputy head of the Iran Space Agency (ISA), made the announcement citing the extremely steep cost of a human spaceflight programme that he …

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Iran Adds Soha Remote Sensing Satellite to List of Imminent Launches

Iranian press reports suggest that Iran is preparing a third satellite for launch within the next 12-18 months. The satellite in question is called Soha, a remote sensing satellite believed to have a resolution of 15 metres. According to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the head of the Iran …

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Israel Aerospace Industries Hands Over Venµs Satellite to Israel Space Agency

Having completed its assembly, Israel parted from Venµs, the first Israeli-made satellite created for environmental research purposes. Within the next few days, the satellite will go on its way to the launcher located in French Guiana. At an official ceremony held at, May 25th, at Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) Space …

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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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UAE’s Masdar Institute Graduates First Class From Its MSc Space Systems Course

Yahsat, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Orbital ATK, today celebrated the graduation ceremony of the first batch from the Institute’s Master’s Concentration in Space Systems and Technology at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, today. The ceremony was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief …

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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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