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China To Contribute Funds to Egypt’s Space Programme

China has agreed to contribute U.S.$64 million to the Egyptian earth observation satellite programme, EgyptSat, as part of a new cooperation agreement between the two counties signed on March 21, 2017. The funding will be contingent on a feasibility study on the EgyptSat programme, but is thought to be a …

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Israel’s Netanyahu Visits China, Discusses Cyber, Science, and Technology Cooperation, Investments

Following immediately on the heels of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading a delegation to China, arriving on March 19, 2017, in order to discuss and enhance strategic and economic ties between the two countries. Among the various topics to be discussed between Israel and …

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Saudi Arabia To Contribute To China’s Chang’e-4 Moon Mission

As part of his six week-long tour of Asian countries, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has presided over a major space agreement between his Kingdom and Asia’s leading space power, China. This prominent agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the King Abdulaziz City of Science …

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Iranian General Claims US Deterred Launch of Space Launch Vehicle

In a bizarre statement that will likely be studied for some time by strategic analysts seeking to understand how deterrence works, a senior officer in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) publicly announced that threats from the United States forced Iranian leadership to shelve plans to launch a space launch …

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Iran Space Agency Applies for Five Geostationary Orbital Slots for Ka- and Ku-Band Communications Satellites

The Iran Space Agency (ISA) announced on March 1, 2017, that it had applied to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for five geostationary (GEO) orbital slots for Ka- and Ku-band communications satellites. The announcement was made on the ISA website, and provided no details about when it expects to fill …

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Iran to build new Syrian mobile telephone network

As Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad consolidates his power over the reclaimed city of Aleppo and other parts of Syria, his closest ally, Iran, seems to be reaping the rewards of what many regard as a Phyrric victory with the announcement that an Iranian company with close links to the Islamic …

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Russia’s Energia building EgyptSat-A ready for 2019 launch

The Russian news agency TASS reports that the Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia is currently building a new high-resolution remote sensing satellite for Egypt called EgyptSat-A. EgyptSat-A is being built as a replacement for EgyptSat-2 that failed in orbit in April 2015 less than a year after its launch. …

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Ethiopia to start work on space launch vehicle, domestically made satellites

The Ethiopian government announced on 3 January 2017 that it intends to build its own medium-sized space launch vehicle (SLV) and develop the capabilities to domestically build satellites. The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said that it will develop a medium-sized SLV that should have its maiden launch …

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Turkey to recruit large numbers of cyber security professionals

The Turkish government is starting a recruitment drive for hundreds of university graduates to work in cyber security after a tumultuous year that has seen up to 90 million cyber attacks and exploits targeting Turkish government and private sector computers and networks. The recruitment drive is being led by the …

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Saudi and Russian space cooperation and the Iranian complication

Regional publication Gulf News Journal featured a story on 23 December 2016 about nascent space cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Russia, that includes a supposed 2015 agreement between Riyadh and Moscow to build a manned space station. The Gulf News Journal report states wiith incredulity that the Saudi space programme …

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