Israel’s great space recovery? IAI engineers fixing Ofek-11 in orbit, first images transmitted

Israeli press outlets are reporting that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) engineers are resolving many of the technical faults discovered on its latest reconnaissance satellite – Ofek-11 – launched last week on 13 September 2016 from Palmachim Air Base in Israel. Further, IAI engineers are quietly confident that the remaining problems …

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Serbian Office for Space Sciences, Research and Development founded

In August 2016 the Serbian Office for Space Sciences, Research and Development (SERBSPACE) was established in Belgrade, Serbia. It is registered as a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Serbia. SERBSPACE’s goals are development of Serbian space sciences, improvement of research and development relating to space, cooperation with national and international universities, …

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UAE Space Agency to have big presence at 67th International Astronautical Congress in Mexico

The UAE Space Agency announced today its participation in the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place at the Expo Guadalajara in Mexico, from 26 to 30 September 2016. The UAE Space Agency will use the platform as an opportunity to share experiences, challenges, and insights in space …

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Iran and APSCO to create a space situational awareness network

Iranian press reports are suggesting that Iran and its Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) partners China, Pakistan, and Peru are in the process of creating a space situational awareness (SSA) network initially consisting of ground-based optical telescopes. According to reports, the first such optical telescope will become operational in October …

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The Better Satellite World Awards by SSPI

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Better Satellite World Awards. The modern world literally runs on satellite – from data networks and TV to Internet, agriculture, energy and transport – though far too few people know it.  Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, the commercial satellite industry is now …

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Innovation in outer space, it’s not rocket science – Part 1

SpaceWatch Middle East is privileged to republish this article by Andrea Boyd. The geopolitical impact of the topic also has a huge value in the Middle East region. Australia is the only OECD country without a national space agency. Andrea Boyd, an International Space Station Flight Operations Engineer at the …

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UAE Space Agency discusses use of space technology for agriculture with Japan

The UAE Space Agency has explored ways of strengthening bilateral relations and supporting the vision of cooperation in applying space technology to the agricultural sector. The developments were discussed during an official visit by senior officials from the Japanese government to the Space Agency headquarters in Abu Dhabi. HE Dr …

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Saudi Telecommunications Company taps Intelsat for VSAT connectivity in KSA energy sector

Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, announced that Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC) has extended its relationship with Intelsat to use the company’s satellite solutions to support operations for the largest oil and gas producer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Under …

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Interview: Eran Privman of Israel’s SpaceIL – Ready to Play With the Big Boys

It’s been a disappointing few weeks for the Israeli space sector with the loss of Amos-6 and the troubled Ofek launch, but Eran Privman, CEO of SpaceIL – the Israeli outfit competing in the Google Lunar XPrize – is undeterred and is ready to take Israel to the Moon. SpaceWatch Middle …

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SES makes bold move into global maritime SATCOM market

SES S.A. announced on 14 September 2016 the launch of its global SES Maritime+ service that will deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing oceans. SES Maritime+ will enable maritime customers to have easy access to customisable bandwidth and coverage packages, ensuring satellite capacity is effectively utilised. Vessels traversing the oceans …

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