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UAE Student’s ‘Genes in Space’ Experiment Launches to International Space Station

UAE high school student Alia Al Mansoori’s experiment is on the International Space Station. This is the culmination of the first UAE Genes in Space competition held in the UAE and made possible through a partnership of the UAE Space Agency, The National, and Boeing. The DNA-based research competition was …

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New UAE Space Agency Board of Directors Holds First Meeting

The new formation of the UAE Space Agency Board of Directors has met for the first time on August 14, 2017, chaired by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, UAE Minister of State for Higher Education. Board members include H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Khalid Al Buainain, Badr Al Olama, …

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UAE’s MBRSC Launches Its First “Like a Scientist” Camp

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has launched its first science summer camp, under the title “Like a Scientist.” The camp targeted students from grade 9 to 12 at UAE schools, who had the opportunity to explore how planetary scientists work through a series of interactive activities, workshops, and …

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Mahmoud Vaezi, Iranian Minister Responsible for Space, To Step Down

The Iranian government minister responsible for the space portfolio has stated that he will step down before the start of President Hassan Rouhani’s second term. Mahmoud Vaezi, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has been responsible for Iran Space Agency activities as well as negotiations with Russia and other …

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Space Mining Law Passes In Luxembourg, Takes Effect August 1, 2017

On July 13, 2017, Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies passed a law, with near unanimity, regarding the exploration and utilisation of space resources. The new law will enter into force on August 1, 2017. Luxembourg is the first European country to have a legal framework recognising the right to space-based resources that …

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#SWMEThemes: Space Resources and International Space Law: A Skeptical View

The third part of our #SWMEThemes on the Middle East and Space Resources is an interview with space law attorney Michael J. Listner of Space Law and Policy Solutions, and author and publisher of space law and policy briefing-letter The Précis. Michael – a friend of SpaceWatch Middle East –provides readers with …

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UAE’s Thuraya Helps Launch Emirati Careers With Internship Programme

Mobile satellite service company, Thuraya, aims to boost hands-on learning initiatives and career opportunities among the local youth with its internship program for UAE nationals. Initiated in 2013, Al Madar Internship Programme is open to currently-enrolled university students or fresh grads with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 …

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#SWMEThemes: Space Mining: The Next Strategic Investment for Gulf Countries?

The second contribution to the #SWMEThemes week on the Middle East and Space Resources is by Ben Baseley-Walker, the Senior Director for Global Engagement for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Planetary Resources. Ben argues that Gulf Arab countries have an opportunity to lead in the coming race to exploit space …

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#SWMEThemes: The Middle East and the New Space Resource Economy

In the first of our week-long #SWMEThemes on the Middle East and Space Resources, Dr. Tom James of Navitas Resources LLP argues that with its heritage in extracting oil and gas from harsh environments and recent investments in space programmes, many Middle Eastern countries are well-placed to take advantage of the …

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UAE’s Masdar Institute Completes Critical Design Review of Its MYSAT-1 CubeSat Programme

Masdar Institute’s CubeSat development program, MYSAT-1, has completed its critical design review (CDR), marking a key milestone for the University’s space systems and technology programme, which was designed with support from Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and global aerospace manufacturer and defence industry leader Orbital ATK. MYSAT-1 will be …

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