#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Outcome of the High Level Forum Dubai 2017

UAE Space Agency and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Dubai hosted the UNOOSA High Level Forum ‘Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development’ in November 2017. SpaceWatch Middle East asked Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, to gives his take on the UN’s long-term vision in …

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Spain’s PAZ Satellite Ready for Launch, More Eyes Over the Mediterranean

The high resolution radar, Earth observation PAZ satellite, intended primarily to address civilian surveillance needs and to cover many different applications including defence and security, will say its final goodbye to Spain. It will be shipped in December 2017 to its launch site in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA. …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Gernot Groemer of Austrian Space Forum

Since 2006, the Austrian Space Forum has been conducting simulated expeditions to Mars. Known as ‘analogue simulations’, these enable the Austrian Space Forum and its many partners, to anticipate what human and robotic exploration of the Mars will be like, to test out prototype spacesuits and to develop new concepts …

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Earth-i Orders Satellites from SSTL for World’s First Full-Colour Video Constellation

British ‘New Space’ pioneer Earth-i has ordered the first five satellites from SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd) for its new Earth Observation (EO) constellation. Earth-i is building the first constellation in the world able to provide full-colour video – and the first European-owned constellation able to provide both video and still images. This …

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UK’s SSTL and ASTROSCALE Team Up for Orbital Debris Removal Missions

ASTROSCALE PTE. LTD. and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue joint opportunities in areas of innovative on-orbit technologies and missions designed to safeguard the orbital environment for future generations. ASTROSCALE and SSTL have agreed to long-term strategic cooperation that further positions the companies …

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UAE Delegation Visits Kazakhstan’s National Space Centre

Representatives of the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates visited Kazakhstan’s National Space Center and were acquainted with the work of JSC NC Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary, a Kazinform correspondent reports. The UAE delegation included senior military officers, attending the College, among whom are the military attaché at the …

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UK’s SSTL To Build UrtheCast’s UrtheDaily(TM) Constellation

A signed contract for the Earth Observation satellites for the UrtheDailyTM Constellation was announced today by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and UrtheCast of Canada.  The UrtheDailyTM Constellation, planned for launch in 2020, will be capable of scientific-grade quality, multispectral imagery, high-resolution, targeted specifically at geoanalytics applications. The UrtheDailyTM spacecraft …

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EUTELSAT 7/8° West’s Video Neighbourhood Sees Further Growth in Middle East and North Africa

Eutelsat Communications has presented the results of its industry-benchmark survey on TV trends across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the ASBU BroadcastPro Television Summit in Dubai. Satellite: the preferred digital video infrastructure across Middle East and North Africa Satellite TV reception in the MENA region has continued …

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