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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Hussein Oteifa of SES

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam earlier this month. The second of these interviews is with Hussein Oteifa, Commercial General Manager for the Middle East at SES. SES is one of the most active satellite operators in the Middle East …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Bruno Dupas of Kratos

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam earlier this month. The first of these interviews is with Bruno Dupas, President of Kratos Integral Systems Europe. Tell us why the Middle East market is so important to Kratos? The Middle East is …

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German space initiative “Die Astronautin” takes off – getting Women into Space

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was seized upon by over  400 women when they were given the chance to become the first German female astronaut. On 14 September 2016, more then 70 of these were selected for the next stage of evaluation. Our colleagues at Sputnik news wrote about the inspiring event: The view of Earth from …

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New funding programme to serve as launch pad for Swiss space start-ups

This autumn, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Education (SERI) will open an ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) in Switzerland. In addition to technical expertise and business-development support, ESA BIC Switzerland will also provide start-ups with up to EUR 500,000 in …

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Israel’s great space recovery? IAI engineers fixing Ofek-11 in orbit, first images transmitted

Israeli press outlets are reporting that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) engineers are resolving many of the technical faults discovered on its latest reconnaissance satellite – Ofek-11 – launched last week on 13 September 2016 from Palmachim Air Base in Israel. Further, IAI engineers are quietly confident that the remaining problems …

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Iran and APSCO to create a space situational awareness network

Iranian press reports are suggesting that Iran and its Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) partners China, Pakistan, and Peru are in the process of creating a space situational awareness (SSA) network initially consisting of ground-based optical telescopes. According to reports, the first such optical telescope will become operational in October …

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UAE Space Agency discusses use of space technology for agriculture with Japan

The UAE Space Agency has explored ways of strengthening bilateral relations and supporting the vision of cooperation in applying space technology to the agricultural sector. The developments were discussed during an official visit by senior officials from the Japanese government to the Space Agency headquarters in Abu Dhabi. HE Dr …

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