Challenges and Opportunities for a Kuwaiti Space Programme, Part I

As Kuwait considers its space future, SpaceWatch Middle East contributor Ghanim Alotaibi, a Kuwaiti engineer and Space Generation Advisory Council member, examines some of the challenges Kuwaiti leaders will have to address in the first of a series of articles that will be published in the coming weeks. Introduction Two years ago, a …

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Israel’s Spacecom sale in jeopardy after SpaceX Falcon-9 explosion destroys Amos-6 payload

The sale of the Israeli commercial satellite communications company Spacecom to Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group is now in jeopardy after Spacecom’s Amos-6 communications satellite was destroyed when a static engine test of a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket went wrong at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, United …

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UAE’s Yahclick announces Virtual Network Operator Service for East Africa

YahClick, Yahsat’s satellite broadband service for home and business, announces its partnership with VT iDirect for the introduction of Virtual Network Operator (VNO) services across YahClick’s existing footprint. YahClick’s VNO offering is based on the industry changing capability in the VT iDirect Evolution® platform and allows service partners to purchase …

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Middle Eastern Lunar Missions: the Role of the Moon in the Middle East’s Spacefaring Future

The Moon is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for space agencies and companies since it poses less technical and financial risk than going directly to Mars. ThorGroup GmbH’s intern in Washington, DC – Nickolas J. Boensch – explores the emerging ‘Moon Rush’ and the possible roles and opportunities for …

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Israel’s Spacecom to be sold to Chinese group after launch of Amos-6

Shareholder’s of Israel’s Spacecom, operator of the Amos fleet of commercial communications satellites, announced on 24 August 2016 that they has agreed to sell the company for U.S.$285 million to Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group Co. Ltd. It is believed that the sale will proceed, subject to Israeli …

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UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre to host Emirates Mars Mission workshop in October 2016

The United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the 2nd Annual Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Science Workshop, which targets students, graduates and educational entities from various UAE universities. The workshop, which will be held on October 3rd at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, will address …

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