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UAE’s Hope Mars Mission Probe Nears Completion, Set For Third Quarter 2020 Launch

The UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, have announced that 85 percent of the Hope Probe project has been completed. In a joint statement, the two organisations confirmed that most of the main parts of the project have been completed and are currently undergoing intensive testing …

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South Korea To Aid Turkmenistan In Remote Sensing Satellite Development

South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Turkmenistan last week as part of a tour of Central Asian republics, and pledged South Korean expertise in helping the country to develop its first remote sensing satellite. At a signing ceremony on 17 April 2019 in Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan, Yoo …

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Space Wars: U.S.-Led Military Space Coalition Takes Shape In Response To Space Threats

Surrounded by air chiefs from 11 other nations, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein plunged deep into discussion 11 April 2019 about the changing nature of space. The daylong meeting at a secure facility in Colorado Springs was the first time air chiefs from other countries …

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UAE’s MBRSC Launches Hope Generation STEM Education Initiative

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, has launched the ‘Hope Generation’ initiative to help schools encourage students to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM, fields and increase their curiosity about space science and exploration. This could be done through lectures, workshops and open meetings by MBRSC’s experts for …

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Italian New Space: Leaf Space To Raise More Capital For Its Small Satellite Ground Station Solution

Italian New Space company Leaf Space, a specialist in ground station solutions for small satellite constellations operated by companies such as Switzerland’s Astrocast and Australia’s Fleet, is looking to triple the number of ground station locations it operates from four (in Europe) to twelve around the globe, and is about …

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Military Space: Japan And United States Pledge Mutual Defence Cooperation In Space, Cyber

On 19 April 2019, the U.S.–Japan Security Consultative Committee convened in Washington, DC, with the participation of Secretary of State Pompeo, Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kono, and Minister of Defense Iwaya. During the meeting, the Ministers affirmed their strong commitment to realize a “free and …

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European Space Exploration: ARIEL Data Challenge Launched In Hunt For Exoplanets

ARIEL, a mission to make the first large-scale survey of exoplanet atmospheres, has launched a global competition series to find innovative solutions for the interpretation and analysis of exoplanet data. The first ARIEL Data Challenge invites professional and amateur data scientists around the world to use machine learning (ML) to …

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UAE’s Mubadala Creates Abu Dhabi Hub71 With Softbank And Microsoft For New Space, Other Tech Start-Ups

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala is set to create a start-up ecosystem in Abu Dhabi that will attract New Space and other emerging technology companies to the Gulf Arab state. The ecosystem will be called Hub71 and will include Softbank’s Vision Fund and Microsoft as partners, according to Khaldoon …

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France And UAE Hold 11th Space Cooperation Strategic Dialogue In Paris

The France-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue convened for its 11th session in Paris on 16 April 2019. On this occasion, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) reviewed ongoing and future cooperation projects, noting the rapid development of bilateral space relations between the …

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