The Spectacular Rise of the UAE Space Agency and the Challenges Ahead

Where does the UAE Space Agency go after the Hope Mars Mission is achieved after 2021? Building and sustaining success, and therefore public and political support, is a challenge for all space agencies. The solutions to this challenge, however, can only be found in the United Arab Emirates. ThorGroup’s Chairman …

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Thuraya, WiCis, and OCENS partner to provide telemedicine service to expeditions in the Himalayas

The first telemedicine expedition to K2 – the second highest mountain in the world – is underway, after successful trials in the Himalayas in March. The WiCis-Sports app, running on Thuraya SatSleeve+, will monitor every step of the #K2Adventure16 Madison Mountaineering trip, taking pioneering technology onto one of the world’s …

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ITU reinstates two orbital slots for Iranian communications satellites

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a UN international organisation that regulates satellite frequencies and orbital slots in geostationary orbit at 36,000 kilometres altitude, has reinstated two orbital slots for Iranian satellites. Iran had the two orbital positions withdrawn by the ITU because it had failed to place satellites in orbit, …

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United Nations and China agree to increased space cooperation

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) have agreed on 16 June 2016 to work together to develop the space capabilities of United Nations Member States via opportunities on-board China’s future space station. Following the signing of a Framework Agreement and …

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American University of Sharjah and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre build first UAE nanosatellite

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) have announced the completion of the design and building of the communication Nanosatellite, Nayif-1. The satellite has also successfully passed all stages and tests, and is now ready for launch into space aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 …

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UAE Space Agency and Lockheed Martin Partner to Train Space Talent

U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE Space Agency to launch a comprehensive dual-track space training programme for students and early career professionals in space fundamentals. In line with the UAE’s national vision, the programme was developed as part …

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In Saudi visit to Paris, reconnaissance satellite deal not in sight

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister, visits Paris on 27 June 2016 to participate in the third Saudi-French Joint Committee, co-chaired by the young Prince and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault. The Deputy Crown Prince will also meet with French President Francois Hollande, …

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Interview: The European Union’s Copernicus Programme and the Middle East

The European Union’s Copernicus programme is a boon for analysts and researchers around the world since it provides all of the imagery taken by its Sentinel earth observation satellites for free. SpaceWatch Middle East interviewed Andreas Veispak, the acting Head of Unit for Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, …

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DigitalGlobe Enhances Its Monitoring and Revisit Capabilities as WorldView-1 Completes Shift to Afternoon Orbit

DigitalGlobe Inc., the Westminster, Colorado-based provider of earth imagery and information about our changing planet, announced on 22 June 2016 its WorldView-1 satellite has completed a planned 18-month-long transition from a morning orbit to an afternoon orbit, improving customers’ ability to detect, see, and understand change that occurs on our …

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Algerian Space Agency releases remarkable ALSAT-2A satellite imagery of Djelfa Province

The Agence Spatiale Algerienne (Algerian Space Agency) recently released remarkable satellite imagery of the Algerian province (wilaya) of Djelfa, located about 300 kilometres south of the capital city of Algiers, taken by its ALSAT-2A remote sensing satellite. The Djelfa province is surrounded by the Algerian provinces Tissemsilt and Medea in …

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