Securing reliable satellite navigation in the Middle East

It is difficult to overstate the critical importance of satellite navigation for the Middle East, yet the service is vulnerable to disruption. ThorGroup’s Dr. John B. Sheldon examines the threats to satellite navigation in the region, and ways to mitigate their worst effects. When Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized …

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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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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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