#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: The Middle East: a microcosm of our new space age

Throughout the Middle East, one of the most geopolitically consequential regions in the world, countries are using space for a range of civil, commercial, and security purposes. It is a region where space is contested, a means to prestige, and the subject of political and economic development and controversy. For …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: What Europe can do for your Space Start-up?

Vera Pinto Gomes, space policy analyst at the European Comission, presented the current situation on the European Satellite Navigation Programs and Europe’s initiative for Space Start up’s at Disrupt Space 2017 in Berlin on March 14, 2017.  What have we achieved so far? Last year was a very successful year …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Meidad Pariente of Sky and Space Global

In the latest of our SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Helen Jameson had the pleasure of speaking to Meidad Pariente, CTO and Co-Founder of Sky and Space Global. To begin with, can you give us some background on the SSG concept? Sky and Space Global will provide narrowband communication services …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Insight – Tabletop Exercises to Help Reduce the Risk of Conflict in Space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and Secure World Foundation we will occasionally be publishing selected articles from the organisation. Secure World Foundation envisions the secure, sustainable and peaceful uses of outer space contributing to global stability and benefits on Earth. The mission of the Secure World Foundation is to …

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Morocco’s Marathon Des Sables 2017 using SPOT Gen3 for Safety and Tracking

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, announced today that all competitors in this year’s MARATHON DES SABLES (MDS) will carry a small, lightweight, SPOT Gen3 safety device on their backpack. The World’s toughest running race will equip 1,200 competitors, 90 security and …

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Student Sponsored by UAE’s MBRSC Publishes Science Paper With NASA’s MAVEN Team

Noora Al Saeed, a student from the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programme, launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has participated as a member of NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) Mission science team. The new results announced by NASA on March 30, 2017, revealed that …

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Israel’s Cyber Warfare Outfit – Unit 8200 – Gets New Commander

Unit 8200, the cyber warfare organisation in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), has a new commander. Identified only as Brigadier-General ‘K’, he replaced Brigadier-General ‘S’ at a change-of-command ceremony at the Unit 8200’s home base at Gelilot, north of Tel Aviv. Unit 8200 is the unofficial name for what is …

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UAE’s MBRSC Holds Workshop On Future Technologies For Smart Cities

The Sustainable Energy Programme Section team at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre held a workshop entitled, “New Engineering and Smart Technologies Shaping Future Cities,” at the first edition of The Future Cities Show 2017, held from April 2-4, 2017. During the workshop, the team briefed participants on the engineering practices …

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SSL and NASA successfully complete first Restore-L milestone

Space Systems Loral (SSL) has successfully completed the Systems Requirements Review (SRR) for the Restore-L project to demonstrate satellite servicing in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). As announced on December 9, 2016, SSL is working with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to build a spacecraft that will use robotics to grasp, …

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Japan Aids Five African and Asian Countries In Building Nano-Satellites

The Japanese government, through the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, has completed its “Bird Project” in collaboration with satellite engineers and space agencies from Bangladesh, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria, and Thailand. The “Bird Project” consists of five Nanosatellites and seven ground control stations located around the world. The five Nanosatellites …

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