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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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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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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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BRICS to Further Space Science Cooperation

This story is republished with the kind permission of the editors of The BRICS Post, where it was originally published on April 6, 2017. BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries are looking to build space science cooperation as the bloc seeks a bigger share of the $300 billion …

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SSL Completes Agreement to Partner With DARPA On Satellite Servicing

Space Systems Loral (SSL),a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that it has signed and executed an agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop advanced capabilities for servicing and maintaining spacecraft in geostationary orbit.  Details of the partnership were previously released …

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Turkeys military big ambitions space despite attempted coup aftermath

This is the last of three reports on the Turkish space programme. The first report was on the establishment of the Turkish Space Agency and the second report was on Turkey’s space launch ambitions. The attempted coup in July 2016 that sought to overthrow the rule of President Recep Tayyip …

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UAE to Send Astronauts to International Space Station, Launch National Space Programme

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander, launched on April 12, 2017, the UAE National Space Programme and approved the programme’s strategy. …

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Turkish Space Launch Ambitions Take Shape, But Strategy Still Vague

This is the second of three reports on Turkey’s space programme. Yesterday’s report looked at the efforts underway to establish a Turkish Space Agency; tomorrow’s report examines Turkey’s military space ambitions. As Turkey finally makes some progress in establishing a Turkish Space Agency and the contours of a national space programme …

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Ankara Finally Making Progress On Establishing Turkish Space Agency

  In the politically tumultuous aftermath of the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, as well as delays in tabling a legislative proposal for a space agency and disagreements over the role of the military in that agency, Turkey seems to be eventually making some progress towards achieving its goal …

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