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#SWMEThemes: Space Resources and International Space Law: A Skeptical View

The third part of our #SWMEThemes on the Middle East and Space Resources is an interview with space law attorney Michael J. Listner of Space Law and Policy Solutions, and author and publisher of space law and policy briefing-letter The Précis. Michael – a friend of SpaceWatch Middle East –provides readers with …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: As the World Embraces Space, the 50 Year Old Outer Space Treaty Needs Adaptation

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, the centre piece of the international legal regime of all outer space activities. Duncan Blake and Professor Steven Freeland argue that with rapid changes occurring in how space is used, it is time to update the …

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Israel and India Sign Space Cooperation Agreements During PM Modi’s Visit

Israel and India have signed major space cooperation agreements during an official visit July 4-6, 2017, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel. The two countries already have a cooperative agreement on space launches, with several Israeli satellites launched on Indian space launch vehicles in recent years. The agreements …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Space Weather as a Sustainability Issue

Weather in space is not something you regularly hear about, but it has an everyday impact we should all be aware of. As part of SpaceWatch Middle East’s partnership with Secure World Foundation, we are pleased to publish this essay on space weather and space sustainability by SWF’s Project Manager, Krystal Wilson: Space …

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Military Satellites Included In Massive U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal; Pressure Is On For France

Details are emerging about the U.S.$110 billion arms deal struck between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the visit of President Donald J. Trump to Riyadh in May 2017. The main focus of the massive arms package on offer to Saudi Arabia are precision strike and …

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Johann-Dietrich Woerner: Cooperation And Competition In Space Is Both An Opportunity And A Necessity

European Space Agency (ESA) Director-General Johann-Dietrich Woerner reflects on international space cooperation and competition in these unsettling times. As I reflected on the successful launch of Hispasat 36W-1 on the new SmallGEO geostationary platform on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, and the current global political backdrop, it got …

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Iran Set To Join Eurasian Economic Union, Participate in Bloc’s Space Activities

Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are close to cementing a free trade deal that would see Tehran join the trade bloc built around former Soviet republics by the end of 2017. Once this happens, Iran will also be poised to participate in the EAEU’s nascent space activities. The …

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The Outer Space Treaty and Marco Polo’s World: What We Have Been Reading

It’s been quite some time since we last shared with our readers what we have been reading, and we’ve even heard that this irregular feature has been missed! So, without further ado, here’s what has caught our attention over the past few weeks: The Wall Street Journal published an interesting …

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U.S. Intelligence Voices Concerns About Iranian Satellite Jamming and Spoofing Capabilities

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, voiced growing U.S. concerns about Iranian satellite jamming and spoofing activity in testimony he gave to the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2017. The testimony by Mr. Coats was part of the annual briefing on …

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Iranian-Linked ‘OilRig’ Hacker Group Accused of Cyber Espionage Operation Against Israel

Numerous cyber security researchers are claiming that a short-lived yet sophisticated cyber espionage operation against Israeli technology, medical, defence, and academic targets was carried out by a group dubbed OilRig that is linked to Iran’s intelligence agencies. OilRig have previously been linked to other operations carried out against Gulf Cooperation …

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