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Space Mining an Opportunity for Middle East Oil Powers – Analyst

Middle Eastern oil powers are well-placed to take advantage of the opportunities presented by exploiting space resources such as water and preciois metal, according to an energy industry analyst based in Singapore. According to Bloomberg, Tom James, a partner with Singapore-based commodities and energy consultancy Navitas Resources, says that countries …

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Arabsat To Sponsor the 18th Arab Radio and Television Festival in Tunisia

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat – will sponsor and participate in the 18th edition of Arab Festival for Radio and Television, organised by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), from May 25-28, 2017, in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, and will be attended by several media figures and broadcasters from …

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Liquid Telecom and Intelsat Team to Expand High Performance Broadband Services in Africa

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom and Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, have announced a new agreement that will introduce high performance Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into the Liquid Telecom network. As part of the new, multi-year agreement, Liquid Telecom has …

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Space Race in Northeast Africa: Ethiopian Space Programme Spurring Sudanese and Kenyan Space Efforts

Ethiopia’s nascent space programme seems to be creating geopolitical ripples throughout northeast Africa, with reports emerging that both Sudan and Kenya are starting to pay attention to Addis Ababa’s space ambitions. SpaceWatch Middle East reported in January 2017 that the Ethiopian government announced its intention to design, build, and launch …

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Israeli High School Students Build Duchifat-2 Cubesat

Over 80 Israeli high school students from schools in Herzliya, Ofakim, Yeruham, the West Bank settlement of Ofra, and the Bedouin town of Hura, have built a Cubesat called Duchifat-2 as part of the European Union’s QB50 Thermosphere research programme. Duchifat-2 is one of 28 Cubesats from 23 countries built …

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Israel Looking to Use Brazilian Alcântara Site for Space Launch

Israel, along with France, Russia, and the United States, is seeking to use the Alcântara Launch Centre (CLA) located on the northeast Brazilian coast close to the equator, according to the Brazilian Space Agency. The Alcântara Launch Centre is the closest launch site to the Earth’s equator anywhere in the …

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UAE’s Masdar Institute to Host the Yahsat Space Laboratory

The Yahsat Space Laboratory, which aims to develop and advance technologies within the space sector and to make continuing strides toward the UAE’s advanced space ambitions, was launched by officials from the Masdar Institute, Al Yahsat Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), and Orbital ATK on April 17, 2017, at the Masdar …

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