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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NASA’s Charlie Bolden visits UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

On 15 June 2016, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) accompanied by a number of NASA officials and representatives of the United States Embassy in the UAE and the United States Consulate in Dubai. Bolden and the accompanying delegation met with His Excellency Yousuf …

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Iran aims to build and launch “world-class” satellites by 2025

The Deputy Director of the Iranian Space Agency, Mohammad Homayoun Sadr, told Iranian journalists that Iran plans to build and launch its own high quality and indigenously built remote-sensing and telecommunications satellites by 2025. “A 10-year plan has been put on the agenda for the construction of two remote sensing …

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Ariane 5 tops its payload record with the 72nd consecutive successful launch

Kourou, 18 June 2016. With Airbus Safran Launchers as industrial lead contractor , Ariane 5 has just concluded  its 72nd consecutive successful launch and beaten its own commercial  performance record by carrying a payload of more than 10.7 tonnes to geostationary transfer orbit The 230th Ariane 5 launcher lifted off …

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The astropolitics of Iranian-Turkish competition in Central Asia

As both Iran and Turkey look to Central Asia to enhance their diplomatic and economic prospects and standings, space cooperation will become a more important and useful tool for gaining relative geopolitical advantage in the region for both countries. Who is better able to exploit the opportunities for space cooperation …

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Persian-language Manoto TV selects Eutelsat to broadcast throughout Middle East

Manoto TV, the highly regarded commercial Persian-language television channel, is gearing up for launch on 16 June 2016 on the EUTELSAT 7B satellite. The channel has signed a capacity agreement with Eutelsat Communications for exclusive broadcasting in High Definition (HD) from EUTELSAT 7B, leveraging the satellite’s high-power footprint to expand …

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