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Turkish Space Agency To Be Established This Legislative Year; Manned Spaceflight An Objective

According to Ahmet Arslan, the Turkish Minister for Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications, the eagerly anticipated Turkish space agency will be established this legislative year. Quoted in Turkish newspaper The Daily Sabah, Arslan justified the need for a Turkish space agency when he said, “As we have seen, the fact …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Private Companies Are Launching A Space Race – Here’s What To Expect

International competition in space has been a permanent feature of humankind’s forays into Earth orbit and beyond ever since the launch of Sputnik by the former Soviet Union on October 4, 1957. During the Cold War the competition was between super powers. Today the competition is between at least 60 countries and …

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UAE In Talks With Russia On Training Emirati Astronauts For International Space Station Missions

Russian news outlets TASS and Pravda are reporting that the UAE Space Agency and Roscosmos have held talks at the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia, about training Emirati astronauts and then launching them from Russian soil to the International Space Station (ISS) as early as 2019. Sergey …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Strategic Implications of Iran’s Simorgh Space Launch Vehicle Test

Iran’s test launch of its Simorgh space launch vehicle (SLV) on July 27, 2017, caused significant yet unsurprising controversy throughout the international community. Two months later, with the dust literally settling, Natalie Fuchs – SpaceWatch Middle East’s contributing editor on all things Iranian space – argues that it is possible that the U.S., its …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Why the New Space Race Must Focus On Sustainability

As Earth’s orbits become more crowded due to more countries entering the space domain and the emergence of large commercial constellations, the challenge of sustaining space as an environment in which Earth can continue to derive all of the advantages of satellite increases. In a blog post originally authored for …

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Oman Participates in University of Colorado Boulder Education Satellites International Team

Jim Scott, Senior Science Editor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s (CU Boulder) newspaper, CU Boulder Today, reports on the INSPIRE satellite project that includes Oman as a team participant. This article was originally published in CU Boulder Today on August 22, 2017, and is republished here with the permission of the University …

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#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East – The Indian Perspective

In Part Four of the SpaceWatch Middle East multi-week theme on China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East, Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi, India, offers an Indian perspective on China’s Space Silk Road, and points out that despite the rhetoric from Beijing, …

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