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Saudi Space Agency Begins To Take Shape, Reported $1 Billion Budget In First Year

French online national security news publication Intelligence Online is reporting that the recently created Saudi Space Agency is beginning to take shape under the leadership of Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the son of the reigning King Salman, half-brother of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and first Saudi astronaut. According …

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UAE’s MBRSC And National Geographic Sign Deal To Document Emirati Space Achievements

National Geographic today announced a four-year partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, to document the UAE’s journey into space. In a four-part documentary series, National Geographic will present to the world the UAE’s rise into space, its achievements and ambitions. The series is set to capture the …

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UAE Space Agency And Krypto Labs Announce Winners Of GeoTech Innovation Programme

The UAE Space Agency and Krypto Labs have announced the two winning teams of the GeoTech Innovation Programme. The winners were awarded funding of AED100,000 (U.S.$27,250.00) in cash and AED500,000 (U.S.$136,125.00) in kind, as well as the opportunity to accelerate and transform their innovative ideas into commercially viable and scalable …

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European Military Space: Poland And USSTRATCOM Agree To Share Space Services And Data

United States Strategic Command and the Polish Space Agency signed an agreement for space situational awareness (SSA) services and data at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 10 April 2019. Agreements like these lay the foundation that allows the United States to share information with allies and partners. …

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Japanese Space Exploration: Bridgestone Joins JAXA And Toyota In Commercial Moon Mission

Bridgestone Corporation has announced that it will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. Recently announced by JAXA and Toyota, the goals of this mission are to expand the domain of human activity and develop intellectual property …

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Indian Space Wars: India’s DRDO Head Outlines Counterspace Capability Ambitions

Following its 27 March 2019 direct-ascent antisatellite (ASAT) missile test that destroyed a target satellite in low-Earth orbit (LEO), the head of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – G. Satheesh Reddy – has outlined to Indian media his organisation’s counterspace technology ambitions for the coming years. Reddy’s comments …

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Space Wars: United States And Allies Discuss Combined Space Operations Initiative

Air Chiefs and senior space officials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States held a meeting at Headquarters Air Force Space Command to discuss the future of the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) initiative on 10 April 2019. Following the meeting, the seven nations …

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Singapore’s Astroscale Completes $30 Million Series D Funding Round; To Open U.S. Office In Denver

Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market-leader in developing a space debris removal service to secure long-term orbital sustainability, has announced the opening of a new office in Denver, Colorado (“Astroscale U.S.”), adding a strategic United States base to already established entities in Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom. In concert with …

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UAE Selects Hazzaa Al Mansoori As First Emirati Astronaut To International Space Station

The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced that it has selected Hazzaa Al Mansoori as the prime astronaut and Sultan Al Neyadi as the backup astronaut for the International Space Station (ISS) mission. Al Mansoori and Al Neyadi are currently undergoing training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training …

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