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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Oman Hosts 40th Session of Arabsat General Assembly Meeting in Muscat

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat – is holding its Board of Directors meeting in, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, on April 11-12, 2017 , followed by the General Assembly meeting with the attendance of their excellencies the Arab ministers of telecommunications and the heads of Arab delegations. Engineer Khalid …

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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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Open house at PTScientists Mission to the Moon

Berlin-based NewSpace company PTScientists opened their doors for a public event on March 31 and April 1, 2017. The open house day was very well attended by mission partners, family, and space enthusiast friends. Over 150 visitors used the open house opportunity to meet the PTScientists team and get an …

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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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U.S. Company Spaceflight Industries Launches BlackSky Spectra Satellite Imagery Service

Spaceflight Industries revealed on April 5, 2017, BlackSky Spectra, its on-demand satellite imagery service which enables customers to discover archive images and task new images from 13 high-resolution imaging spacecraft, all from one convenient web platform. BlackSky Spectra enables customers to easily look at the planet across every spectrum, from …

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#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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