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Ethiopia to start work on space launch vehicle, domestically made satellites

The Ethiopian government announced on 3 January 2017 that it intends to build its own medium-sized space launch vehicle (SLV) and develop the capabilities to domestically build satellites. The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said that it will develop a medium-sized SLV that should have its maiden launch …

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Iran claims to be in talks with European, Japanese, and Chinese space agencies, international satellite operators

The head of the Iran Space Agency (ISA) has claimed that his organisation is in talks with several European countries and Japan, as well as China and Russia, to explore the possibility of space cooperation. Mohsen Barami also claimed that Iran is in discussions with several international satellite operators. “We …

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Israel’s IDF postpones creation of military cyber command

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) has decided to postpone the creation of a cyber command, opting instead to reorganise its existing military commands to better define the roles and missions of its offensive and defensive cyber warfare capabilities. The decision comes after intensive planning was begun several months ago by …

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SpaceX cites technical failure in AMOS-6 launch blast

SpaceX announced on 2 January 2017 that it had identified the cause of the catastrophic explosion of its Falcon-9 space launch vehicle (SLV) containing Israeli company Spacecom’s AMOS-6 communications satellite on 1 September 2016. SpaceX and U.S. government and space industry experts believe that the explosion occurred due to the …

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Turkey hosts Free Telecommunication Operator Association’s 9th General Assembly

The Free Telecommunication Operators Association’s (TELKODER) 9th General Assembly was held in Ankara. At the General Assembly, which was held at the Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) Congresium, Galip Zerey, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communication, said that Turkey supports the joint use of capacity …

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The #SpaceWatchME #WEF Interviews: Simonetta Di Pippo of UNOOSA

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Simonetta Di Pippo of UNOOSA. They discuss the work of the World Economic Forum, ‘Future of Space Technologies’ Council. What motivates you about space? I have always been scientifically curious about outer space and its open questions, which …

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The #SpaceWatchME #WEF Interviews: Dr. Olga Stelmakh of McGill University

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Dr. Olga Stelmakh of McGill University, Canada. They discuss the work of the World Economic Forum, ‘Future of Space Technologies’ Council. On 13-14 November 2016 the Annual Meeting for the Global Future Councils took place in Dubai, UAE. Once …

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