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Iranian satellites to share information system of the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation

During the 10th annual summit of member states of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) it was announced that Iran has been given permission for its satellites to share the APSCO information system. The summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 6-8 September 2016, also agreed that Iranian satellites be accepted …

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Israel’s double space whammy? Newly-launched Ofek-11 spy satellite not responding to commands

The Israeli government secretly launched its Ofek-11 electro-optical reconnaissance satellite on a Shavit space launch vehicle from Palmachim Air Base in Israel on the night of Tuesday, 13 September 2016. Shortly after launch, however, it became apparent that there were problems with the Ofek-11 satellite, built by Israel Aerospace Industries …

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Turkey and Japan sign space cooperation agreement for International Space Station

On 8 September 2016, Mr. Yuichi Yamaura, Vice President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and H.E. Dr. Cihan Kanlıgöz, Director General of the Aeronautics and Space Technologies, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Turkey, signed a new Cooperation Arrangement concerning the utilisation …

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UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre engages students in exploration of Mars

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) – the entity delegated to design, implement and supervise all the phases of the Emirates Mars Mission- Hope, under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency- has announced the launch of the Explore Mars Poster Competition, in which participants will submit scientific research on …

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Israel’s Spacecom sale in jeopardy after SpaceX Falcon-9 explosion destroys Amos-6 payload

The sale of the Israeli commercial satellite communications company Spacecom to Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group is now in jeopardy after Spacecom’s Amos-6 communications satellite was destroyed when a static engine test of a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket went wrong at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, United …

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