Iranian Space Agency announces future satellite plans

Speaking to senior officials earlier this week at an Iranian Space Agency (ISA) meeting, the ISA Director Mohsen Bahrami announced that Iran will launch two indigenously built satellites in the very near future, and that three other satellites are currently being manufactured. The two satellites due to be launched are …

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Virgin Galactic’s new commercial for its spaceflight and satellite launch services

Virgin Galactic, the private spaceflight and satellite launch company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, has just released its first television commercial. The commercial features both Virgin Galactic’s spaceflight service for wealthy individuals seeking a flight into suborbital space; and also for its …

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SpaceWatch Middle East features to be paywalled

Running a news website is costly, and in order to generate some revenue to cover the costs of producing SpaceWatch Middle East we are placing all of our analytical features (published every Sunday) behind a paywall effective immediately. All of our news items – posted daily except for Saturdays – remain free …

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UAE’s Emirates Space Innovation Group meets to set out space technology roadmap, priorities

The United Arab Emirates Space Agency convened the first two-day conference of the Emirates Space Innovation Group (ESIG) on 3-4 May 2016, with the group creating a science and technology roadmap. The ESIG has been established to develop the science, technology and innovation capabilities in the UAE space sector and …

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China may send astronauts to the Moon – will an Iranian be among them?

The deputy commander of the Chinese manned space programme, Lieutenant General Zhang Yulin, has suggested that China will send astronauts to the Moon no later than 2036, perhaps as early as 2030. A manned Chinese moonshot will depend in large part on the successful development and manufacture of the heavy …

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Egypt and France to sign military communications satellite deal on 10 May

According to French business newspaper La Tribune, France and Egypt will sign a contract for a military communications satellite worth 600 million Euros on Tuesday, 10 May 2016, in Paris. SpaceWatch Middle East first reported on this deal in April 2016, just before French President Francois Hollande and Egyptian President …

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KSA’s Taqnia Space and KACST form joint venture with Skyware and Crescent Technologies

SatNews Daily reports that Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Space and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have formed a joint venture with Skyware Technologies and Crescent Technologies to start manufacturing an innovative High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) Ka-band terminal to provide high throughput for satellites fleets around the world. The …

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No Pressure: The Hope Mars Mission and the Future of UAE Space Exploration

Recent developments in international space exploration plans for Mars have inadvertently placed the UAE’s Hope Mars Mission in the forefront, and impact the future of UAE’s space exploration ambitions. ThorGroup’s Chairman and President, Dr. John B. Sheldon, explains. Without even knowing or asking for it, the past several weeks have …

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ActInSpace Hackathon from May 20-21, 2016 in Darmstadt

The second #ActInSpace event will bring together young entrepreneurs, students, business leaders, developers, artists, and jobseekers to take part in a one-and-a-half-day-hackathon on Friday and Saturday, 20-21 May 2016. The aim of the #ActInSpace event is to come up with innovative ways to use space technologies for everyday uses. In …

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Gilat to provide broadband and cellular coverage in Peru

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., the satellite networking technology, solutions, and services company headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel, has been selected by Peru’s biggest telecommunications provider, Telefonica del Peru, to extend broadband and cellular services in rural parts of the South American country. Gilat will provide Telefonica del Peru with its …

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