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Turkish Space Launch Ambitions Take Shape, But Strategy Still Vague

This is the second of three reports on Turkey’s space programme. Yesterday’s report looked at the efforts underway to establish a Turkish Space Agency; tomorrow’s report examines Turkey’s military space ambitions. As Turkey finally makes some progress in establishing a Turkish Space Agency and the contours of a national space programme …

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Ankara Finally Making Progress On Establishing Turkish Space Agency

  In the politically tumultuous aftermath of the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, as well as delays in tabling a legislative proposal for a space agency and disagreements over the role of the military in that agency, Turkey seems to be eventually making some progress towards achieving its goal …

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Student Sponsored by UAE’s MBRSC Publishes Science Paper With NASA’s MAVEN Team

Noora Al Saeed, a student from the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programme, launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has participated as a member of NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) Mission science team. The new results announced by NASA on March 30, 2017, revealed that …

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Israel’s Cyber Warfare Outfit – Unit 8200 – Gets New Commander

Unit 8200, the cyber warfare organisation in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), has a new commander. Identified only as Brigadier-General ‘K’, he replaced Brigadier-General ‘S’ at a change-of-command ceremony at the Unit 8200’s home base at Gelilot, north of Tel Aviv. Unit 8200 is the unofficial name for what is …

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Japan Aids Five African and Asian Countries In Building Nano-Satellites

The Japanese government, through the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, has completed its “Bird Project” in collaboration with satellite engineers and space agencies from Bangladesh, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria, and Thailand. The “Bird Project” consists of five Nanosatellites and seven ground control stations located around the world. The five Nanosatellites …

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SES is Enabling Disaster Response and Connecting Affected Communities

SES offers a broad range of solutions to support humanitarian and disaster relief efforts across the globe. Some of them were showcased during the Humanitarian ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Forum organised by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), and …

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Iranian Satellite Jamming In Shiraz Could Cause 24,000 Cancer Cases In Coming Years

Iranian politicians representing the city of Shiraz in the Fars district of Iran have publicly claimed that Iranian government satellite jamming activities are causing significant health problems for their constituents. Members of the Iranian parliament (called the Majlis in Farsi), Ali Akbari and Masoud Rezaee, have been vocal in their …

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Eurasian Economic Union to Integrate Remote Sensing Satellite Capabilities in 2019

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) plans to create a joint remote earth sensing system by integrating the space- and ground-based capabilities of its member states, to include Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, by 2019. “In the first half of 2018, the Eurasian Economic Commission plans to draft an intergovernmental …

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