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China To Contribute Funds to Egypt’s Space Programme

China has agreed to contribute U.S.$64 million to the Egyptian earth observation satellite programme, EgyptSat, as part of a new cooperation agreement between the two counties signed on March 21, 2017. The funding will be contingent on a feasibility study on the EgyptSat programme, but is thought to be a …

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Calls Grow for the Creation of a Kuwaiti Space Agency

The case for the creation of a Kuwaiti space agency is growing with prominent Kuwaiti scientists advocating that the Gulf kingdom consider the merits of establishing a formal entity to deal with space issues. Quoted in the English-language newspaper Kuwait Times, scientist Dr. Hala Al-Jassar, an Assistant Professor in the …

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Israel’s Netanyahu Visits China, Discusses Cyber, Science, and Technology Cooperation, Investments

Following immediately on the heels of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading a delegation to China, arriving on March 19, 2017, in order to discuss and enhance strategic and economic ties between the two countries. Among the various topics to be discussed between Israel and …

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Saudi Arabia To Contribute To China’s Chang’e-4 Moon Mission

As part of his six week-long tour of Asian countries, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has presided over a major space agreement between his Kingdom and Asia’s leading space power, China. This prominent agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the King Abdulaziz City of Science …

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Successful Launch of Sentinel-2B Adds to EU’s Copernicus Earth Observation Constellation

Europe´s Copernicus programme has got its second eye. On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 02:49 am CET (March 6, 2017, at 10.49 pm local time), a Vega launcher successfully took off from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying the satellite developed and built under the industrial leadership of Airbus …

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UAE Aims To Be Global Hub For Science, Knowledge, and Exploration

The UAE is a young country that has fast transitioned into a global hub for producing knowledge. With its ‘Shuttle of Hope’, the country has re-affirmed that nothing is impossible. An interactive session titled ‘Above and Beyond Conventional Topics’ at the Public Diplomacy and Government Communication Forum, in Dubai on …

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Iranian General Claims US Deterred Launch of Space Launch Vehicle

In a bizarre statement that will likely be studied for some time by strategic analysts seeking to understand how deterrence works, a senior officer in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) publicly announced that threats from the United States forced Iranian leadership to shelve plans to launch a space launch …

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Iran Space Agency Applies for Five Geostationary Orbital Slots for Ka- and Ku-Band Communications Satellites

The Iran Space Agency (ISA) announced on March 1, 2017, that it had applied to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for five geostationary (GEO) orbital slots for Ka- and Ku-band communications satellites. The announcement was made on the ISA website, and provided no details about when it expects to fill …

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UAE’s MBRSC Participates in the Mohammed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has participated at the first Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive …

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UAE’s MBRSC Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With Korea Aerospace Research Institute

The Dubai, United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in South Korea with the goal of cooperating on various space-related activities and transferring expertise. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al …

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